Morris was vague on the specific details of Gurley’s injury, but suggested that Gurley was disappointed in last week’s 24-9 loss to New Orleans, when Gurley did not play in the fourth quarter.
” The [Saints] the game got out of hand, got more of a passing game, ”Morris said on Friday. Obviously he came out of the game with some in-game combat injuries that he had in that game, so we have to see where he is and see what he can do. But it was obviously a tough physical game that we just played.
“Once he went out with a little something, but he was able to get out. He’s such a tough guy to go with at all times. We know he will try to get back there when he can. ”
It is unclear whether Gurley’s current issue has to do with the lingering left knee injury that hampered his previous two seasons with the Los Angeles Rams before his release this offseason. Gurley, 26, had played in each of the Falcons’ first 10 games this year with 167 carries for 610 yards and nine touchdowns, plus 16 catches for 82 yards. He placed sixth in the NFL in races before Week 12.
Brian Hill, a fourth-year substitute, is the primary contender to replace Gurley as leader in the Atlanta backfield, based on the role he’s played this season with 261 rushing yards, 111 receiving yards, a touchdown and 7.6 touches per game. The Falcons will likely also look to Ito Smith, an experienced third-year replacement.
Jones’s status is also in doubt after being sidelined in last week’s game in New Orleans. He practiced on a limited basis on Wednesday and Atlanta canceled training Thursday as a precaution against COVID-19.
Falcons tight end Hayden Hurst (ankle) is also considered questionable for Sunday’s game after training on a limited basis on Friday.
Receiver Calvin Ridley (foot) was not on the roster with an injury designation, meaning he should play, although he is limited in practice all week.