Ed "Pi Double i" Henderson
The Los Angeles Rams received information today that receiver Cooper Kupp will be out for the remainder of the season. The team wasn't optimistic about the news as they feared the worst with Kupp's injured knee. An MRI performed on Kupp this morning have confirmed that Kupp has a tear to his ACL.
Early in the fourth quarter, Kupp went down while running a route sustaining a the non-contact injury as he was planting his feet. Kupp immediately clutched his left knee, the very same knee that he injured against the Denver Broncos. Kupp received a horse collard style tackle by Bronco's safety Darian Stewart which caused him to miss two games. Kupp was able to get up and limp off the field but did require some help to ease the pressure while walking.
Kupp missed the games against the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers but returned against the New Orleans Saints scored a 41-yard touchdown midway in the fourth quarter to bring the Rams within two points. Kupp's loss becomes devastation to the Rams offense as he became Jared Goff's favorite target. Kupp season ends with 40 receptions for 566 yards and six touchdowns.
The Rams will now rally behind Kupp's injury with second-year receiver Josh Reynolds becoming the next man up. In Kupp's absence, Reynolds has played well in games against the Seattle Seahawks week five, and non far better than catching two touchdowns against the Packers. Rams added Nick Williams a few weeks ago when Kupp was first injured and many are waiting to watch rookie KhaDarel Hodge see some action.
Coach Sean McVay announced at the Rams press conference that Kupp would undergo surgery sometime this week to repair his damaged knee. They like to get a head start and try and get him going by the OTA's next spring.