Los Angeles Rams’ star wide receiver Cooper Kupp, sought out a specialist in Minnesota on Monday to address the underlying cause of his recurring hamstring issues, as confirmed by coach Sean McVay. This visit follows a setback in Kupp’s recovery from a hamstring injury last week. McVay mentioned that Kupp’s status remains daily and expects to clarify his availability for Week 1 by Wednesday. The Rams are set to kick off their season against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.
“I think you just move forward, and you have to be able to operate with the situation and the guys we do have, and if he’s able to go, then that’s outstanding for us, and if not, then that’s kind of how we’ve been operating,” McVay said.
“I think the most important thing is that whenever he’s ready to take the field, whether that be this week, whether that be Week 2, whatever it is, as long as he’s able to have that return to performance, he’s feeling like the Cooper Kupp that we all know and love and he’s got some clarity on, all right, what is going on? I think that will be a really good situation for us.”
Kupp, who is 30 years old, sustained an injury during a training camp practice on August 1st, causing him to sit out all three preseason games.
McVay said Kupp’s absence has “forced growth and development” for the rest of the Rams’ receivers, which include Van Jefferson and Tutu Atwell.
“Here’s what I’ll say: I know how badly Cooper wants to be available and wants to be available for his teammates, so I first feel for him. The second thing we’re not going to do is get caught up with things outside of our control. I’m not doing that,” McVay said.
Despite a season-ending ankle injury after playing only nine games in 2022, Kupp’s outstanding performance in 2021 cannot be overlooked. He topped the NFL charts in receptions (145), yards (1,947), and touchdowns (16).
In early August, during a practice, head coach Sean McVay disclosed to the media that the former Super Bowl MVP had suffered an injury while participating in a red zone drill. It was later revealed that Kupp had strained his hamstring.
As a precautionary measure during the preseason, the Rams had him undergo an MRI for his hamstring. The results showed a minor strain requiring just a few weeks to heal. Fortunately, this injury occurred at a time of year when he didn’t have to endure the pain or miss any regular season weeks for recovery.
A few days ago, Kupp said that he was on track to be ready for Week 1 of the regular season, but late Thursday afternoon, news popped up that he suffered a setback in his recovery and was considered “day-to-day.”
Kupp was in Minnesota on Saturday to meet with a “noted body specialist to further understand his hamstring issue,” per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Kupp and the Rams want to “fully comprehend the root of the issue.”
According to Rapoport, the Los Angeles Rams are expected to be cautious with Kupp for Week 1, indicating that their star wide receiver may not be available for the season opener against the Seahawks. While the team has not officially ruled out Kupp for the upcoming game, it appears to be their direction.
This setback raises concerns about Kupp’s durability for the 2023 season, adding to a series of leg injuries he has experienced. Although described as a muscle strain, the latest injury underscores the need to closely monitor news updates regarding his status leading up to Week 1.
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