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Rams coach Sean McVay announces Brandin Cooks as out vs. Bears

Sean McVay, Brandin Cooks, Rams

The Los Angeles Rams will not see Brandin Cooks back in action for Week 11’s tilt with the Chicago Bears. The speedy wideout was ruled out of the matchup on Monday due to a concussion, head coach Sean McVay announced via Adam Schefter of ESPN.

In addition, right tackle Rob Havenstein (knee) is out. Center Brian Allen (MCL) is done for the season.

Cooks, 26, suffered his second concussion of the 2019 season during a Week 8 win over the Cincinnati Bengals overseas. He sustained his first in a Thursday night Week 5 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Since 2015, he has accrued five reported concussions — with three of those coming in the 2019 calendar year.

Though Cooks has a troubling history with concussions, he has not considered retirement. He is excited to get back on the field at some point in 2019. On Nov. 7, he posted an encouraging message to his Instagram, saying: “Can’t wait to get back on the field this year. Like my good ole pal Spongebob Squarepants says ‘I’m ready I’m ready I’m ready…'”

Cooks has yet to clear the NFL’s concussion protocol. He visited with a specialist in Pittsburgh during Los Angeles’ Week 9 bye. He re-visited the same specialist in Pittsburgh before the Rams’ loss to the Steelers but was not in attendance of the matchup.

The Rams sent a first-round pick to the New England Patriots to acquire Cooks in the 2018 offseason. In 24 games in Los Angeles, he has tallied 107 receptions for 1,606 yards and six touchdowns. He is on a five-year, $81 million contract signed in July of 2018.