The Rams suffered two losses against the Cardinals on Sunday, one of which could haunt the team for several weeks.
Wide receiver Cooper Kupp exited Los Angeles’ 27-17 loss to the Cardinals in the fourth quarter, and did not return. Though reports indicate the defending triple crown winner at receiver avoided a worst-case scenario, he could miss some time for the 3-6 Rams with the injury.
Here’s a shot of the injury, which showed Kupp immediately grab his left leg in pain. He later had to be helped off the field to the bench:
Cooper Kupp is grabbing his leg after the last play. pic.twitter.com/daG0LtZsBT
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) November 13, 2022
Does not look good for Cooper Kupp pic.twitter.com/V62wBidDQL
— Omar Ruiz (@OmarDRuiz) November 13, 2022
With Kupp set to miss time, it’s possible the Rams will be without their top receiver and starting quarterback Matthew Stafford, who missed Sunday’s game in concussion protocol.
With that, The Sporting News looks at Kupp’s injury status ahead of a pivotal stretch run to end the season for the Rams:
How long is Cooper Kupp out?
The Los Angeles Times reported Kupp could be out “several weeks,” citing an anonymous source with knowledge of the situation.
Reports from The Athletic and NFL.com indicated that tests performed on Kupp showed he avoided an injury that would keep him out long-term.
More tests coming for Cooper Kupp. But at first glance, sounds like he may miss some time but not catastrophic. https://t.co/up4rzkCqSV
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 14, 2022
However, a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Monday seemed to confirm that Kupp suffered a high-ankle sprain, with one person saying the prognosis “doesn’t look good.”
Rams’ WR Cooper Kupp suffered a high ankle sprain Sunday vs. the Cardinals, per one source. Another familiar with his prognosis said it “doesn’t sound good.”
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 15, 2022
Patriots quarterback Mac Jones suffered a similar injury this season, missing Weeks 4-6 as he recovered from the injury.
Rams WR depth chart
Kupp is the Rams’ leader in several receiving categories, all by a wide margin: He has the most targets (98), catches (75), yards (812) and touchdown receptions (six).
Allen Robinson is the Rams’ second-leading receiver, though he is eclipsed in several metrics by tight end Tyler Higbee. Robinson is third on the team (and second among receivers) with 29 catches for 292 yards and two touchdowns.
Ben Skowronek and Brandon Powell take the third and fourth spots on the receiver depth chart; they are the last significant contributors at the position to have played every game this season.
|Place on depth chart