Cooper Kupp

Los Angeles Rams
Wide Receiver #18
Los Angeles Rams
Wide Receiver #18

Cooper Kupp News

Unlikely to return this season

Rams head coach Sean McVay said Tuesday that he's "hard pressed" to see a scenario in which Kupp (ankle) returns from injured reserve before the end of the season, Andrew Siciliano of DirecTV's "NFL Sunday Ticket" reports.

Analysis: When Kupp was placed on injured reserve in mid-November after undergoing surgery to address a right high-ankle sprain, he was given an estimated recovery timeline of 6-to-8 weeks. The short end of that timeline positioned Kupp for a potential return as soon as Week 17, but unsurprisingly, McVay isn't counting on the All-Pro receiver suiting up again this season while the injury-riddled Rams sit at 4-9 and on the cusp of being eliminated from the playoffs. Kupp will likely turn his focus toward getting healthy for OTAs, but provided quarterback Matthew Stafford (spine) is healthy for the start of the 2023 season, the 29-year-old receiver should once again profile as a strong first- or second-round selection in fantasy drafts.

Dec 13, 2022 4:14 PM EST

Likely out 6-to-8 weeks

Kupp is expected to miss six to eight weeks after undergoing surgery Wednesday to address his right high-ankle sprain, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Schefter also notes that the Rams, currently at 3-6, would need to move toward playoff contention in order for Kupp to attempt a return this season, rather than focus his recovery on the 2023 campaign. The 29-year-old amassed a 75-812-6 receiving line on 98 targets through nine appearances, with another 52 yards and a touchdown rushing, and his absence leaves Los Angeles with a clear void at the No. 1 wideout position. Matthew Stafford, in his return from a one-game absence, will need to rely on a combination of Allen Robinson, Van Jefferson, Ben Skowronek and Tyler Higbee to step up versus the Saints on Sunday.

Nov 20, 2022 3:53 AM EST

Needs surgery, going on IR

Rams head coach Sean McVay said Tuesday that Kupp will require surgery to address his right high-ankle sprain and will be placed on injured reserve, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The Rams aren't yet willing to rule out the possibility of Kupp returning Week 15 after the minimum four-game stint on IR, but with the team sitting on a 3-6 record and on the outside looking in for a playoff spot, there's a chance the star wideout's 2022 campaign is over. Even while the reigning Super Bowl champions have struggled mightily over the first half of the season, Kupp has remained productive for fantasy managers with a 75-812-6 receiving line on 98 targets to go with 52 yards and another score on the ground through the Rams' first nine games. Kupp's absence creates a major void in the L.A. passing attack, with the likes of Allen Robinson, Van Jefferson, Ben Skowronek, Tyler Higbee and Darrell Henderson all representing candidates to absorb some of Kupp's vacated target volume.

Nov 15, 2022 9:15 AM EST

Has high ankle sprain

Kupp suffered a high ankle sprain in Sunday's 27-17 loss to Arizona, and the prognosis "doesn't sound good," Adam Schefter of reports.

Analysis: There was some optimism around Kupp's injury after initial tests revealed that he avoided a fractured ankle, but further examination revealed ligament damage. While a return timetable for the star wide receiver has yet to be established, high ankle sprains typically take 4-6 weeks to recover from, and the Rams can ill afford to lose Kupp for that long considering they're on the verge of falling out of the playoff race at 3-6.

Nov 14, 2022 5:12 PM EST

Avoids worst-case scenario

Kupp's expected to miss some time, but he appears to have avoided the worst-case scenario with his ankle injury, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Kupp went to the locker room after getting hit low in the fourth quarter of the Week 10 loss. Coach Sean McVay initially feared a season-ending injury, and while Kupp won't be completely out of the woods until more test results come in, he appears to be dealing with a less severe injury. A return in Week 11 against New Orleans looks unlikely at first glance, but a clearer picture of Kupp's status should emerge after further testing.

Nov 13, 2022 7:25 PM EST

No update yet but McVay pessimistic

Coach Sean McVay didn't have a post-game update on Kupp's (ankle) status after Sunday's 27-17 loss to the Cardinals, but he said the injury "didn't look good, didn't sound good," Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: It's not clear if this injury is related to the ankle injury Kupp sustained in Week 8 against the 49ers, but he limped to the locker room in the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss to Arizona after taking a low hit. Further tests will have to be run before an update surfaces on the star receiver's status, but McVay's somber tone regarding the injury suggests Kupp could be in danger of sitting out against the Saints in Week 11 and possibly beyond then.

Nov 13, 2022 5:04 PM EST

Leaves Sunday's game

Kupp (ankle) went to the locker room early in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game against the Cardinals, Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Analysis: Kupp incurred a low hit from Arizona cornerback Marco Wilson and was seen holding his right leg after the play. After receiving medical attention, he was hobbled going to the sideline, where he was looked at by team trainers before limping to the locker room. Officially doubtful to return, Kupp likely will finish Week 10 action with three catches for minus-1 yard on five targets.

Nov 13, 2022 3:59 PM EST

Gets little help in loss

Kupp caught eight of nine targets for 127 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 16-13 loss to the Buccaneers.

Analysis: The All-Pro wideout accounted for an incredible 77 percent of Matthew Stafford's passing yards on a day in which no other Ram has any success at all on offense. Kupp has topped 100 receiving yards in five of eight games this season while hauling in six TD catches and adding one more on the ground, and he seems just about matchup-proof heading into a Week 10 clash with the Cardinals.

Nov 6, 2022 6:52 PM EST

Good to go

Kupp (ankle) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game in Tampa Bay, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Fellow wide receiver Van Jefferson (knee) is listed as questionable, but with coach Sean McVay saying he's optimistic Jefferson will play. Kupp's availability is far more important to the Rams offense, of course, and he'll avoid missed time after hurting his ankle deep in garbage time of the Week 8 loss to San Francisco. The Bucs haven't maintained their hot start to the season on the defensive side of the ball, but that's partially due to injuries -- something that may be soon be less of a factor with CBs Carlton Davis (hip) and Sean Murphy-Bunting (quad) listed as questionable after missing the past few weeks. Kupp was a full practice participant Friday and should see plenty of targets this Sunday.

Nov 4, 2022 1:18 PM EST

Limited in return to practice

Kupp (ankle) practiced on a limited basis Thursday, Sarah Barshop of reports.

Analysis: After sitting out Wednesday's session, Kupp was expected to get back on the field Thursday with a cap on his reps, which came to pass. He may continue to operate with practice limitations this week after having his right ankle rolled up near the end of this past Sunday's loss to the 49ers. Friday's injury report ultimately will reveal whether or not Kupp enters the weekend with a designation for Sunday's road matchup with the Buccaneers.

Nov 3, 2022 4:02 PM EST

Present at practice Thursday

Kupp (ankle) was present at the portion of Thursday's practice open to the media, Gilbert Manzano of The Orange County Register reports.

Analysis: The Rams are taking it easy on Kupp after he hurt his right ankle in the waning minutes of a Week 8 loss to the 49ers. He didn't practice at all Wednesday, but coach Sean McVay said Kupp is expected to be a limited participant for the rest of Week 9 prep. Thursday's injury report may confirm as much.

Nov 3, 2022 2:12 PM EST

Won't practice Wednesday

Kupp (ankle) will be a non-participant at Wednesday's practice, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: On his last touch of this past Sunday's loss to the 49ers, Kupp's right ankle bent awkwardly as he was tackled to the ground. He eventually was diagnosed with a sprained ankle, with coach Sean McVay telling Rodrigue on Monday that the wide receiver avoided structural damage but has some swelling in the affected region. Despite not practicing Wednesday, Kupp is expected to be able to play Sunday at Tampa Bay, so he's a decent bet to get back on the field Thursday and/or Friday.

Nov 2, 2022 1:42 PM EST

Expected to play Sunday

Coach Sean McVay indicated Monday that he expects Kupp (ankle) to play this coming Sunday against the Buccaneers, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Per Rodrigue, McVay indicated that Kupp has some tissue swelling in his ankle, but noted that the Rams' top receiver avoided structural damage. It's still likely that Kupp's practice participation will be impacted by the ankle issue he sustained Sunday versus the 49ers, but at this stage it looks he'll be available for Week 9 action.

Oct 31, 2022 2:32 PM EST

Considered day-to-day

Kupp is expected to be day-to-day with an ankle sprain, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Kupp picked up the ankle injury late in Sunday's loss to the 49ers, but he appears to have avoided a significant issue. The superstar wideout's participation during practices ahead of Week 9 should provide further clarity on Kupp's availability, but the Rams will likely be extremely cautious with him moving forward.

Oct 31, 2022 11:25 AM EST

Suffers ankle injury late

Kupp suffered an ankle injury late in Sunday's 31-14 loss to San Francisco and will undergo further testing in the coming days, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Kupp put together a strong game (8/79/1) before rolling his ankle on his final touch in garbage time of a losing effort. Head coach Sean McVay couldn't shed light on the actual injury, but he stated that he was "kicking himself" for putting his star receiver on the field down three scores with less than two minutes remaining. Kupp said after the game that he felt he "dodged a bullet" in regards to the severity of the injury, but we will have to wait for reports from the Rams' medical staff in the coming days. The 29-year-old's fantasy managers will be holding their collective breaths for further updates heading into a matchup against the Buccaneers next Sunday.

Oct 30, 2022 5:41 PM EST

Piles up yardage in Week 6 win

Kupp caught seven of eight targets for 80 yards and added 17 rushing yards on two carries in Sunday's 24-10 win over the Panthers.

Analysis: For only the second time through six games this season, Kupp failed to reach triple digits in receiving yards, but he nearly made up the difference on the ground. The All-Pro wideout is on pace for another massive campaign, with only Tyreek Hill and Justin Jefferson racking up more yards through the air so far, but Kupp will get a breather during the Rams' Week 7 bye.

Oct 16, 2022 5:34 PM EST

Active as expected Week 6

Kupp (foot) is active for Sunday's Week 6 clash against the Panthers, Sarah Barshop of reports.

Analysis: The star wideout was trending in the right direction at the end of the practice week despite a pair of limited sessions, and his active status is now confirmed. Kupp should therefore find himself in his usual voluminous role as the linchpin of the Rams air attack versus Carolina.

Oct 16, 2022 11:41 AM EST

Gets injury tag but should play

Rams head coach Sean McVay said Kupp (foot) will be listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Panthers, but the wide receiver is expected to play, Sarah Barshop of reports.

Analysis: Tight end Tyler Higbee (ankle) and All-Pro defensive tackle Aaron Donald (foot) are also taking questionable designations into the weekend, but like Kupp, they to are expected to play despite missing practice time this week. After sitting out Wednesday's session due to the foot issue, Kupp was a limited participant Thursday, and he's expected to have his reps capped again Friday for what may be maintenance purposes more than anything. Assuming Kupp's foot isn't hurting any more than usual following Friday's practice, he should be ready to fill his usual high-volume role in the Rams' passing attack Sunday.

Oct 14, 2022 12:05 PM EST

Officially limited Thursday

Kupp (foot) practiced in a limited capacity Thursday, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: After getting the day off Wednesday, Kupp was back on the field one day later with a cap on his practice reps, which comes as no surprise following coach Sean McVay saying the Rams would "be smart" with the wide receiver this week. Kupp touched on his foot injury Thursday, telling Rodrigue that he felt it spring up a few plays before his 75-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown this past Sunday against the Cowboys. Friday's practice report will unveil whether or not Kupp enters the weekend with a designation for Sunday's contest versus the Panthers.

Oct 13, 2022 4:56 PM EST

Returns to practice Thursday

Kupp (foot) was spotted at the portion of Thursday's practice open to the media, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Kupp didn't suit up for Wednesday's session due to a foot injury, but the DNP followed coach Sean McVay saying the Rams would "be smart" with certain key contributors and their health concerns this week. Thursday's practice report will reveal how many reps Kupp was able to handle.

Oct 13, 2022 2:54 PM EST

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