Cooper Kupp injures ankle as Rams woes keep worsening

Cooper Kupp injures ankle as Rams woes keep worsening

INGLEWOOD, Calif. — Simply when it appeared like issues couldn’t get a lot worse for the Los Angeles Rams, star huge receiver Cooper Kupp injured his proper ankle within the fourth quarter of their 27-17 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

The Tremendous Bowl MVP landed awkwardly making an attempt to catch a go from John Wolford that was too excessive, coming down on his proper leg with 14:18 remaining and the Rams trailing 17-10.

Coach Sean McVay didn’t have an replace on Kupp’s damage instantly after the sport.

“I simply comprehend it didn’t look good, it didn’t sound good,” McVay stated.

Kupp stayed down on the sideline and was attended to by trainers earlier than hopping to the bench with out placing any weight on his leg. He was ultimately capable of stroll again to the locker room with 12:44 to play and didn’t return.

The damage to Kupp was the most recent setback throughout the Rams’ dismal protection of their championship. Quarterback Matthew Stafford didn’t play after failing to clear concussion protocol, and Wolford struggled behind a makeshift offensive line after a profitable first drive led to a area objective.

Cooper Kupp is injured throughout the Rams’ loss to the Cardinals. Getty Photographs

The Rams (3-6) completed with 256 yards of offense, their third straight sport with lower than 300 yards and fifth of the season.

It was the fifth time the Rams have failed to attain greater than 17 factors, together with every outing throughout their present three-game shedding streak.

“Not lots of positives you can take away from this,” McVay stated. “It’s robust, it stings. There’s simply lots of completely different causes that we’re on this place.”

Kupp, who final season led the NFL in receptions, yards receiving and landing catches, had three receptions for minus-1 yard. He nonetheless leads the staff with 75 receptions for 812 yards and 6 touchdowns this season.

It was the second straight residence sport the place the Rams left the stadium with issues about Kupp. He averted severe damage when he rolled his ankle late within the 31-14 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Oct. 30.

“I imply, he’s arguably the perfect receiver within the league,” stated Wolford, who was 24 of 36 for 212 yards with one landing and one interception. “He’s a fantastic chief for us. And we’ll undoubtedly really feel the influence of him not being on the market, however guys acquired to step up and we acquired to rally if he’s not capable of go.”

With the offense unable to muster any assist with three consecutive three-and-outs and a misplaced fumble, the protection gave up two backbreaking touchdowns to Arizona and its backup quarterback Colt McCoy in a span of 1:32 late within the first half.

“It’s our job, man,” outdoors linebacker Leonard Floyd stated. “Offense acquired to attain, and protection acquired to cease the offense from scoring, and particular groups acquired to guard the ball. That’s what it come right down to, doing all your job.”

That is the primary time the Rams have been three video games below .500 in McVay’s six seasons. The 36-year-old is most troubled by the staff’s incapacity to get higher.

Cooper Kupp exits the stadium in a boot. AP

“No matter meaning by way of the outcomes, we simply have to have the ability to have a greater product on the market, begin to see some enchancment,” McVay stated. “And that’s the difficult factor is there actually hasn’t been examples of that occurring, and so acquired to have the ability to take a look at a few of the issues that we’re doing process-wise. I acquired to have the ability to take a look at myself within the mirror and work out what are these issues, ’trigger I really feel very answerable for us being on this place.”

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