LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Rams receiver Cooper Kupp is prone to miss the remainder of the season together with his sprained proper ankle, coach Sean McVay says.
McVay introduced Tuesday that he would not anticipate Kupp to play once more this season, though he left open the slightest risk the 2021 AP Offensive Participant of the 12 months might return. Kupp has missed the previous 4 video games for the Rams (4-9), who’ve 4 video games remaining.
“You will not see Cooper this yr,” McVay mentioned. “Aaron (Donald), there’s nonetheless a risk, however Cooper, I might be hard-pressed to see any state of affairs that he would play once more this yr.”
Donald has missed the Rams’ previous two video games with a excessive ankle sprain. McVay mentioned there’s nonetheless an opportunity for Donald, the seven-time All-Professional and three-time AP Defensive Participant of the 12 months, to get again into apply this month for a potential late-season return.
Kupp was injured Nov. 13 towards Arizona when he went down awkwardly whereas attempting to catch a poorly thrown ball from backup quarterback John Wolford. He has missed the Rams’ previous 4 video games, however the Tremendous Bowl MVP had expressed optimism shortly after his injury a few potential late-season return.
As a substitute, McVay says the Rams anticipate Kupp to sit down out the ultimate 4 video games of the season as properly.
“It is actually simply the timing of the injury and the way lengthy it will take for him to get again to even being medically cleared to return to efficiency,” McVay mentioned. “He is making good progress … however I nonetheless assume you are something between three and 4 weeks away. I’ve bought to watch out talking in absolutes. I believe it will be shocking if he was capable of play once more (this season), however I do not wish to say there is a 0% probability.”
Los Angeles’ choices on accidents are simpler as a result of its playoff hopes are all however mathematically gone because it heads to Inexperienced Bay for a Monday evening recreation.
The Rams solely snapped a six-game dropping streak final Thursday as a result of new quarterback Baker Mayfield led two dramatic landing drives within the fourth quarter of a 17-16 victory over Las Vegas.
Kupp has 75 receptions for 812 yards and 6 touchdowns this season. Regardless of lacking the final 4 video games and making three catches for minus-1 yards towards the Cardinals earlier than getting damage, he nonetheless ranks ninth within the NFL in receptions and nineteenth in yards receiving.
Quarterback Matthew Stafford is all however sure to overlook the remainder of the season with a bruised spinal cord. A number of extra key starters are out for the season, together with receiver Allen Robinson (foot), defensive sort out A’Shawn Robinson (knee), guard David Edwards (concussion) and left tackles Joseph Noteboom (Achilles) and Alaric Jackson (blood clots).