Rams WR Brandin Cooks has ‘positive’ visit with concussion specialist
During his team’s bye, #Rams WR Brandin Cooks saw a concussion specialist. Source said the visit was “positive” & that the hope is this latest concussion won’t necessitate a long-term recovery. Still, coach Sean McVay has said Cooks’ health is most important. They’ll be cautious.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 3, 2019
Cooks sustained his head injury after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit from Jessie Bates in Los Angeles’ Week 8 bout against the Cincinnati Bengals. Bates was later fined $28,075 for the hit he delivered on the Rams’ speedy wideout.
Luckily for the Rams, their bye week came in Week 9; giving Cooks time to undergo some tests on his head injury. After seeing a specialist, it was determined that Cooks shouldn’t need an extended period of time to recover from his concussion.
Despite the findings, Sean McVay will be cautious with his big-play wide receiver before allowing him to return. In Week 5 against the Seattle Seahawks, Cooks also sustained a concussion when taking a hit from a defender.
Cooks wasn’t required to miss any time with his first concussion, but Los Angeles may force him to sit this time around. Over the course of his career, Cooks has had his fair share of concussions since coming into the NFL in 2014.
Due to the number of concussions he’s undergone in his career, you have to begin to wonder about his future in the NFL. In the event that he is forced to miss time, Josh Reynolds would likely see an expanded role in the Rams’ offense.
Reynolds filled in Cooks in Week 8 and was able to haul in three receptions for 73 yards and a touchdown.