The Los Angeles Rams will be without star wideout Cooper Kupp for at least four weeks after the team placed him on injured reserve, head coach Sean McVay confirmed Tuesday. Kupp will also have surgery to fix the high ankle sprain he suffered in the Rams' Week 10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.
"It's significant," McVay said Tuesday, "But what we've got to be able to do is say, 'Alright, let's put our heads together, let's figure out who we're playing with, what do those guys do well, how do we make sure the plan is in alignment with that, and continue to try to really pour into these guys and develop them, help them play to the best of their abilities with an enjoyment and see if you can put them in positions to be able to enjoy the opp, to be able to make some plays, and go compete as well as they possibly can.'"
The injury to Kupp occurred when he landed awkwardly on an overthrown pass from backup quarterback John Wolford. Cardinals cornerback Marco Wilson landed on Kupp's leg when both hit the ground, which is likely what caused the injury. Kupp quickly left the game under his own power but with an apparent limp.
Cooper Kupp's injury 😔 Prayers up for him that it's nothing serious. pic.twitter.com/tqXanZEwtq
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Kupp suffered an ankle injury earlier this season but didn't miss any time, so it's unclear if this is a new injury or a re-aggravation of the earlier one. Either way, the loss of Kupp is a major blow to the Rams' slim playoff hopes. Kupp was leading the team with 75 receptions for 812 yards and six touchdowns before the injury — those numbers made him the No. 4 overall receiver in Yahoo Fantasy leagues through Week 10. Now, Los Angeles will need to rely on fellow wideouts Allen Robinson, Van Jefferson and Ben Skowronek for receiving production in Kupp's absence.