Ed "Pi Double I" Henderson
The Los Angeles Rams have ruled out their franchised wide receiver Brandin Cooks for Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Cooks, which is still in the concussion protocol after suffering his fourth concussion in 18 months, took a helmet to helmet hit in the Ram's first series against the Cincinnati Bengals two weeks ago.
Last week, the Cooks flew to Pittsburgh to see a concussion specialist determine what were causing the concussions. Cook's had a pleasant visit during the Rams bye week and would return for a second visit days before the Rams were to play against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Cooks eventually would be ruled out against the Steelers as the Rams could have used him that week.
Cooks returned earlier this week for another follow up with the specialist; the visit did not turn out well as the Rams ruled that he will not play this week at home against the Chicago Bears. Third-year receiver Josh Reynolds has replaced Cooks since the Bengals game will continue to fill into his spot in the lineup.
Rams will miss Cook's speed by taking the top off the defense vertically to get receivers such as Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp underneath. The organization has taken his injury serious, which may prompt an early retirement from Cooks if they continue.