In a shocking twist for the Los Angeles Rams and their fans, star wide receiver Cooper Kupp may be facing an extended absence from the field due to a persistent hamstring issue. Head coach Sean McVay, speaking to reporters on Friday, did not mince words when he admitted that there’s a “definite possibility” that Kupp, along with backup quarterback Stetson Bennett and tight end Hunter Long, could end up on injured reserve.
McVay revealed that the Rams have until Saturday to make this critical decision. If Kupp is placed on injured reserve, it would mean he’d miss not just the season opener but at least the first four games of the regular season, a devastating blow to the team.
Kupp’s hamstring injury has been a cause for concern since he first suffered it during a training camp practice on August 1st. What’s truly alarming is that the injury hasn’t followed the typical recovery pattern for soft tissue injuries. McVay even mentioned that they had to consult a specialist in Minnesota to unravel the complexity of Kupp’s hamstring problems.
The Rams and their fans are undoubtedly anxious to see Kupp back on the field, especially after his incredible performance in 2021 when he dominated the NFL with 145 catches, 1,947 receiving yards, and 16 touchdowns, earning him the NFL Offensive Player of the Year title. However, this setback threatens to keep him sidelined for a significant portion of the season.
Problems outside of the Cooper Kupp injury
Adding to the woes, rookie quarterback Stetson Bennett, who has been showing promise, and tight end Hunter Long, are also under consideration for injured reserve due to their respective injuries (right shoulder for Bennett and thigh for Long).
The Rams will have to make some tough decisions in the coming days, and their hopes for a successful season may hang in the balance as they navigate these challenges.
The Rams play the Seattle Seahawks for the Week 1 NFL Matchup. The Seahawks beat them twice last season.