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Todd Gurley not worried about losing rushing title by sitting in Week 17

Todd Gurley currently leads the NFL in rushing but could conceivably lose the top spot because the Los Angeles Rams are electing to sit him in Sunday’s season finale.

Rams head coach Sean McVay hinted at resting some starters —  including Gurley and presumably quarterback Jared Goff, among others — during Sunday’s Week 17 game against the San Francisco 49ers. The team has locked up either the third- or fourth-seed in the NFC, which assures the Rams a home game in the Wild Card round.

“You’ve just got to look at the bigger picture,” Gurley said, via The Los Angeles Times. “Coach has a plan and he’s done nothing but right things since we’ve been in here, so you’ve got to trust him on this decision as well.”

Still, a potential rushing title looms for Gurley. The running back leads the NFL with 1,305 rushing yards. Being sat for Sunday’s game, however, won’t allow him to pad his rushing stats. That said, the two backs most closely trailing him — the Kansas City Chiefs’ Kareem Hunt (1,292 yards) and the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Le’Veon Bell (1,291 yards) — aren’t expected to play in Week 17, either, per reports.

That leaves the Buffalo Bills’ LeSean McCoy as the running back with a chance to surpass Gurley. The Bills desperately need a win Sunday against the Miami Dolphins — no to mention some help — to snag a spot in the postseason. McCoy heads into Week 17 with 1,128 rushing yards, meaning it would require a superstar effort — 177 yards — to overtake Gurley. The Chicago Bears’ Jordan Howard (1,113 yards) is unlikely to be a factor given a match-up against the stout Minnesota Vikings defense on Sunday.

Whether or not Gurley holds onto lead and wins a rushing title remains to be seen, although it appears likely, even with him resting. It’s refreshing, though, to see Gurley take on a team-first mentality. And he’s right on McVay. The first-year head coach has been a revelation in L.A.