IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Rams receiver Cooper Kupp left Los Angeles’ observe early with a hamstring harm Tuesday night time, and the workforce is unsure how lengthy he will likely be sidelined.
The previous Tremendous Bowl MVP walked off the sphere with the coaching employees about half-hour into the two-hour exercise at UC Irvine. Matthew Stafford and different gamers didn’t see precisely what occurred, however coach Sean McVay stated he was instructed Kupp “got here up somewhat bit in a pink zone route.”
“Clearly we’re a lot better when he’s right here, and we hope he’s going to be OK,” McVay stated. “If he’s not, we’ll see what occurs, however the observe needed to go on.”
Kupp is returning for his seventh NFL season this fall after lacking the ultimate eight video games of final season with a excessive ankle sprain. He additionally missed the ultimate eight video games of his second NFL season in 2018 attributable to a torn knee ligament.
Kupp gained the NFL’s triple crown of receiving in 2021, main the league in catches (145), yards receiving (1,947) and touchdowns (16). He starred once more throughout the Rams’ playoff run culminating in two landing catches within the Tremendous Bowl, together with the game-winner with 1:25 to play.
He had 75 catches for 812 yards and 6 touchdowns in solely 9 video games final season earlier than his ankle sprain.
Kupp is certainly one of just some key veterans left with the Rams, who’re prone to discipline the NFL’s least skilled roster this season after parting methods with most of their veteran depth within the offseason. Stafford and Aaron Donald are additionally again with the Rams, who went 5-12 final yr within the worst season in league historical past for a defending Tremendous Bowl champion.
Kupp is predicted to be Stafford’s go-to goal once more this fall.
“I simply wish to know what’s happening,” Stafford stated. “That’s the primary factor, and I’ll determine that out sooner or later. However I belief our guys, and no matter is occurring, I do know he’ll do all the things he can to work by no matter is occurring and be again out right here every time it’s the correct time.”