By CARLOS GARCIA-REYNOLDS and DOUG JOHNSONAssociated PressIn the wake of the concussion that forced him to miss the 2017 season, Todd Gurle, the Kansas City Chiefs running back, was given another chance to prove he belonged in the NFL.
But his return to the field in 2018 ended in a setback.
A source close to the team said Gurley was in serious condition after an apparent fall Sunday in Seattle and that doctors are waiting to determine his condition before deciding on a return.
The source spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the process is ongoing.
The Chiefs and Seahawks were in a contract dispute that prevented them from discussing a deal that would have kept Gurley in Kansas City for at least the 2018 season.
The Seahawks were expected to release Gurley after the season and the Chiefs were expected pay him $1.2 million in salary for the 2018 campaign.
Gurley was sidelined by a concussion suffered Nov. 3, two days after the Chiefs beat the Minnesota Vikings.
He missed six games, starting at left guard, before returning.
The Chiefs had a bye that week and played the Seahawks two weeks later.
A month later, the Chiefs and Gurley had a contract extension that would keep him in KansasCity through 2019.
He signed the extension Aug. 1, and he missed the Chiefs’ final three regular-season games because of the injury.
The two sides were locked in negotiations for a new contract that would pay Gurley $15.7 million in 2019, $15 million in 2020 and $16.1 million in 2021.
After a few weeks in Seattle, Gurley played in two games for the Seahawks, but did not record a single carry.
Gurley, who had five carries for 20 yards in the first three games of the season, played just six snaps in the team’s last three games.
He finished with three carries for 12 yards against the Lions in Week 7 and three carries in the final two games of that stretch.
The NFLPA on Monday issued a statement saying it would work with the team and Gurle’s agent to address the situation.
The statement said Gurle will be treated for the concussion at a local hospital.
It did not offer any other details.