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Rams RB Todd Gurley ‘cool’ with sitting out Week 17 even at cost of rushing title

Rams running back Todd Gurley, the NFL rushing leader with 1,305 yards, won’t play Sunday in his team’s regular-season finale against the 49ers, a move that could cost him the rushing title, and not to mention a potential NFL MVP award.

But with the playoffs ahead next week, he’s OK with coach Sean McVay’s decision.

It’s cool, Gurley said (via the Los Angeles Times). Obviously, it will be a good advantage just to be able to get a couple days of extra health �� so I think it’ll be a good thing.

But, as far as everything else, my body has been fairly great this season, so thank God.

The Chiefs’ Kareem Hunt (1,292 yards) and Steelers’ Le’Veon Bell (1,291) are right on Gurley’s heels, but their teams also have clinched playoff berths, so it’s unclear if they’ll play Sunday, if only to take the rushing title. The Bills’ LeSean McCoy, currently fourth in rushing yardage, trails Gurley by 177 yards.

You’ve just got to look at the bigger picture, Gurley said. Coach (McVay) 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.

Isaiah Thomas is feeling so good that he wanted to make his debut against the Sacramento Kings this week, only to be denied by the Cleveland Cavaliers organization.

I tried to do that in Sac, Thomas revealed before the Cavs practiced Friday at St. Helena High School in Napa Valley, Calif. It didn’t work. So, I thought I could do that. I tried it in Sac, and they shut me down, and I was upset about it, but, I mean, they’re looking out for what’s best. Not just for this team, but for myself — and not just this season, but my career. So, I can’t thank them enough for putting me in that position.

While Thomas sat out Wednesday against the Kings, he was active on Friday, participating in a full-court scrimmage against his Cavs teammates for the first time since the point guard was acquired in a trade from the Boston Celtics for Kyrie Irving over the summer.

Thomas was ruled out of Saturday’s game against the Utah Jazz by Cavs coach Tyronn Lue. However, his recent performance was encouraging for a Cleveland team that has suddenly lost three of its past four games coming off a streak in which it had won 18 of 19.

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