Rams WR Cooper Kupp out for season with torn ACL
The Los Angeles Rams’ worst fears about wide receiver Cooper Kupp’s knee injury have been realized. An MRI has confirmed that Kupp has indeed torn his ACL and will be out for the rest of the season.
To no one's surprise, Rams' WR Cooper Kupp tore his ACL and is out for the season, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 12, 2018
Kupp went down with a knee injury in the second half of Los Angeles’ 36-31 win over the Seattle Seahawks after attempting to cut. After the game, Rams head coach Sean McVay said doesn’t think the injury was “very good.”
Kupp’s loss is obviously a big blow for the Rams’ offense. He was on pace for over 1,000 yards this season as he had 40 catches for 566 yards and six touchdowns through eight games this season. He missed two games after suffering a sprained MCL.
With Kupp out, the Rams’ other two top receivers in Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods, as well as running back Todd Gurley, will need to carry even more of the load on the Rams offense which is third in the league in scoring at 33.5 points per game.
Kupp’s injury should open up more playing time for Josh Reynolds. The second-year receiver starred in Week 8 against the Packers in place of Kupp as he had three catches for 42 yards and two touchdowns.
The Rams will need that sort of production from Reynolds and other unheralded players moving forward if they hope to challenge for a Super Bowl this season even without one of their top receivers in Kupp.
The Rams’ first post-Kupp assignment will come against the Kansas City Chiefs next Monday in Mexico.