Super Bowl LIII Injury Report: Patriots, Rams to Be at Full Strength in Atlanta on Sunday

The New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams will go into Super Bowl LIII at full strength, after neither team reported any injuries on Friday.

Rams running back Todd Gurley and Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower were the only two injury questions heading into Super Bowl week, but both have been declared fit.

Gurley, who led the NFL in touchdowns during the regular season, missed Week 16 and Week 17 because of a knee injury before returning to action in the playoffs. The 24-year-old did not appear on the injury report all week and Rams head coach Sean McVay confirmed the running back was fit and ready to go.

"He's feeling good, 100%," McVay said, as per the NFL pool report. "We expect him to play a big role in this game."

Gurley rushed for 1,251 yards over 256 carries for 17 touchdowns during the regular season but was a subdued force in the NFC Championship Game against the New Orleans Saints.

The Georgia product rushed for just 13 yards and McVay acknowledged the Rams had failed to get their running game going in New Orleans.

"We just weren't able to run it as much as we'd like to, because New Orleans did a nice job stopping us," he explained.

"Then, we were in some two-minute situations at the end of the game and the end of the half where you're more inclined to throw it. He should be good."

The Rams' only other injury concern was kicker Greg Zuerlein, who was limited in practice earlier in the week.

McVay, however, confirmed he was fully fit ahead of Super Bowl LIII on Sunday.

"He felt good," McVay said of the kicker, whose 57-yard field goal against the Saints earned the Rams a spot in the Super Bowl. "He hit the ball well. He hit the kickoffs and his field goals really well. He'll be ready to go."

Meanwhile, the Patriots will also be at full strength as they chase a second Super Bowl title in three seasons.

Hightower missed practice on Thursday because of an unspecified illness but was back in practice on Friday and New England coach Bill Belichick indicated the 28-year-old will be available on Sunday.

"He did everything today," Belichick said. "You could hear him talking out there, and that's usually a good sign with him. He has plenty of energy."

Neither the Rams nor the Patriots will practice on Saturday, as both head coaches have opted to give their players a rest ahead of the biggest game of the season.

"We've still got a few things to review and cover, but I would say everybody now needs to just gear up for how we want to play the game and be ready to go out there and play it that way," Belichick, who could become only the third coach in NFL history to win six championships, said.

McVay, who will become the youngest-ever Super Bowl winning coach if the Rams prevail on Sunday, expressed a similar approach.

"We know what we need to do here," he said. "I don't know that there's any motivating words that I could say or anything else other than let's just continue to do the little things the right way, one day at a time."

Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams
Todd Gurley, #30 of the Los Angeles Rams carries the ball during practice for Super Bowl LIII at the Atlanta Falcons Training Facility on January 31 in Flowery Branch, Georgia. Scott Cunningham/Getty Images
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