Rams Cooper Kupp: Hamstring Recovery Hit by a Setback
Star wide receiver Cooper Kupp's availability for the Rams' season opener remains uncertain due to a setback in his recovery from a hamstring injury.
The status of star wide receiver Cooper Kupp for the Los Angeles Rams' season opener against the Seattle Seahawks on September 10 is uncertain. Kupp, who had a historic 2021 season and was named Super Bowl MVP, suffered a setback in his recovery from a hamstring injury, according to Rams coach Sean McVay. Kupp's previous season was cut short by an ankle injury that required surgery, and he has also been absent from offseason activities due to the birth of his child and the initial hamstring injury. Although Kupp returned to practice last week, he experienced another setback and his availability for Week 1 is unknown.
McVay emphasized the importance of getting Kupp back to full performance rather than rushing his return. If Kupp is unable to play, Van Jefferson is expected to become the Rams' top receiver, with tight end Tyler Higbee as the second-most targeted option. McVay also mentioned newly acquired veteran Demarcus Robinson and Ben Skowronek as potential replacements in Kupp's absence.
While the Rams may have uncertainty at the receiver position, they have solidified their kicking game with the addition of Brett Maher. Maher, who was added to the practice squad, is expected to handle kickoffs, extra points, and field goals in Week 1. He had an impressive 90.6% field goal success rate with the Dallas Cowboys last season.
In other news, safety Jordan Fuller was voted as a team captain for the second time in three seasons. He is joined by defensive lineman Aaron Donald, who has been a captain for six seasons, and linebacker Ernest Jones, a first-time selection. On offense, quarterback Matthew Stafford, tackle Rob Havenstein, Kupp, and Higbee were named captains.
Overall, the Rams face uncertainty regarding Kupp's availability for the season opener, but they have made moves to solidify their kicking game and have named team captains to lead both the offense and defense.