Ed "Pi Double i" Henderson
Rams head coach Sean McVay has officially ruled Cooper Kupp out for Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi Stadium. The Los Rams lost starting receiver Cooper Kupp to an apparent knee injury on Sunday against the Denver Broncos. On a second down, Kupp received a jet sweep from quarterback Jared Goff and picked up the first down on the run.
However, on the play, former Rams and current Denver Broncos safety Darian safety, not only grabbed Kupp's facemask but also tackled him with a horse collar type tackle. A penalty was enforced on the play as Kupp remained down appearing to clutch his left knee.
Kupp required assistance and as he was carried off the field on the cart to seek further testing of his injury. Rams remain optimistic that was no structural damage to any ligaments. Kupp surprisingly returned in the second half, after a couple of downs, he was unable to continue.
An MRI of Kupp's knee was performed, and after further diagnosis, it was determined that there was no structural damage to his knee. However, Kupp did suffer an MCL sprain to his knee which will keep him sidelined at least this week.
The Rams added free-agent receiver Nick Williams on Tuesday, a player that was familiar with McVay's system. He played for the Washington Redskins at the time when McVay was the tightend coach. He also played under former Rams offensive coordinator Matt LaFluer as an Atlanta Falcon and recently as a Tennessee Titans too.
The Rams seek to continue its great play as they go against the 49ers on Sunday who lost a heartbreaker at Lambeau Field against the Green Bay Packers. The young 49ers team will be hungry for a victory after suffering yet another close game. However, the Rams will have a lot at stake as they look to remain undefeated and to pick up their seventh win of the season.
The game which initially scheduled as a Sunday Night Football game was moved back to it norman 1:25 PM PST time, as the NFL chose to flex Cincinnati Bengals at Kansas City Chiefs. The 49ers play been so horrific that they cost the Rams a national prime time broadcasted game. The teams will both be in their "Color Rush" jersey's, something that will seem slightly bizarre in a day game.