Rams’ Brandin Cooks returns to practice on a limited basis on Friday
Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Brandin Cooks will not play against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. However, the team did get good news on the status of his concussion injury. On Friday, the speedy wide-out returned to practice on a limited basis, per the team’s official injury report.
Though still on the concussion protocol — for the second time in 2019 — Cooks said, on Thursday, that he will continue to play and is looking forward to making it back onto the field in 2019. After practice, head coach Sean McVay stated that Cooks was a normal participant, though, he did avoid contact.
“He was a normal participant,” McVay said, via Pro Football Talk. “Part of the advice is just keep a normal rhythm and routine for him, staying active, avoiding some of those collision-type things. This has been part of the advice that wanted to follow, and it’s part of the plan to hopefully getting him back on the field.”
During the team’s bye week, Cooks went to Pittsburgh to see a specialist. He returned to the same specialist after the bye. He will not be in Pittsburgh for Sunday’s bout with the Steelers. The Rams wide-out has suffered three concussions in the 2019 calendar year, including one in Los Angeles’ Super Bowl loss to the New England Patriots.
Cooks suffered his first concussion of the season during Week 5’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks. His second came overseas, in a win over the Cincinnati Bengals. He has sustained five recorded concussions since playing with the New Orleans Saints in 2015.