Rams: Matthew Stafford's Hip Injury Won't Sideline Him; Cooper Kupp to Practice
Matthew Stafford is expected to play in the upcoming game despite suffering a hip bruise, according to Rams coach Sean McVay.
The connection between Matthew Stafford and Cooper Kupp has been one of the most dynamic passing combinations in the NFL. This week, it seemed like they would continue their strong partnership as both players were physically healthy.
However, things took a turn when Stafford suffered a hip bruise in a thrilling victory over the Indianapolis Colts. Rams coach Sean McVay addressed the injury on Monday, expressing his belief that Stafford would be able to participate in practices and play in Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles at SoFi Stadium.
Despite McVay's optimism, it remains uncertain how the injury will impact Stafford, who is 35 years old. McVay acknowledged Stafford's toughness and competitive spirit, noting that he always performs well when faced with challenges.
As the season progresses, players like Stafford who are constantly on the field often experience minor ailments that they learn to play through. McVay emphasized that Stafford is one of those players who knows how to push through and perform at a high level despite not feeling completely healthy.
In addition to Stafford's injury, Kupp has been dealing with a hamstring injury that landed him on injured reserve. However, he is expected to return to practice this week, which is a positive development for the Rams' passing game. Kupp, who was named the 2021 NFL offensive player of the year, will undoubtedly provide a boost to the team's aerial attack.
The Rams' passing game has already seen success with rookie Puka Nacua, who has made a strong impact in his first few games. Nacua's impressive performance continued in the victory over the Colts, where he recorded another 100-yard game and caught the game-winning pass from Stafford in overtime.
Despite the challenges faced by Stafford, including being sacked twice and taking several hits in the Colts game, he remains confident in his ability to play through the hip issue. Stafford reassured fans that he would be on the field for the upcoming game against the Eagles.
Overall, the Stafford-Kupp connection is a vital component of the Rams' offense. While Stafford's injury raises some concerns, both players are determined to continue performing at a high level and contribute to the team's success. With Kupp returning to practice and Stafford's resilience, the Rams' passing game remains a formidable force in the NFL.