As reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rappoport, Kupp embarked on a journey to Minnesota last Saturday to consult with a specialist for his ongoing injury treatment. Kupp initially suffered a hamstring injury on August 1st and faced what Coach Sean McVay described as “a setback” earlier this week.
Before this setback, it appeared Kupp was on the right track to be ready for Week 1. The standout receiver had boldly expressed his intention to play in the opener just before the Rams’ preseason finale against the Denver Broncos.
Reflecting on his progress on August 24th, Kupp remarked, “Being able to be out there and see things live, going through those reps and feeling them out from day one to two to three to four now, the game just slows down.” He continued, “So that’s why I’m saying, going out there in Week 1 would be tough, not having that opportunity to see those reps… So, [I] feel good about the path we’re on now.”
However, the situation has evolved, and it increasingly appears that Kupp’s return may be postponed. Coach Sean McVay, on Thursday, expressed uncertainty about Kupp’s availability for the season opener, saying, “There’s a difference between a return to play and a return to performance. We aim for Cooper Kupp to regain his peak performance, recognizing his exceptional talents both on and off the field. Whether that be on September 10th or not, we’ll continue to monitor that and control what we can.”
Injuries have unfortunately plagued Kupp throughout his career, with only two full seasons out of six. His most severe setbacks occurred in 2018 when he tore his ACL mid-season and in 2022 when he missed eight games due to a high ankle sprain that required surgery.
However, when Kupp has been on the field, he’s emerged as one of the NFL’s premier receivers. His standout season was in 2021, leading the league with 145 receptions for 1,947 yards and 16 touchdowns, earning him Offensive Player of the Year honors. He carried this excellence into the playoffs, setting an NFL postseason record with 33 receptions for 478 yards and six touchdowns in four games, ultimately winning the Super Bowl MVP.
Kupp undoubtedly stands as the Rams’ top offensive weapon, and the team fervently hopes he’ll be available for the season opener. Nevertheless, they prioritize his well-being and recovery over rushing his return and risking further injury.
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