The Los Angeles Rams have had a rough start to the season. On Sunday, they lost their second out of the first three games of the campaign as they fell to Ja’Marr Chase and the Cincinnati Bengals, 19-16.
There’s no denying that Cooper Kupp’s absence has played a significant role in LA’s slow start, which is why Rams fans should be fired up by head coach Sean McVay’s recent update on Kupp’s hamstring issue.
Cooper Kupp Closing in on Los Angeles Rams Return
Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, McVay confirmed that LA intends to remove Kupp from the injured reserve list next week. The All-Pro wide receiver has not played for the Rams this season after injuring his hamstring during training camp. This could all change very soon.
“That’s the hope,” McVay said via Jourdan Ridrigue of The Athletic. “He’s progressing. He’s doing a good job. But I don’t want to pigeonhole myself into (anything). He’s ramping up his workload, he’s doing a great job with Reggie and his group.”
Sean McVay’s Caveat
Let’s not get too excited just yet, though. McVay dropped a bit of a caveat as he expressed the team’s outlook on when Kupp will actually return to action:
“When you’re talking about ‘returning to performance’ and ‘returning to play’ those are different things,” McVay continued. “We want him to be able to ‘return to performance’ at the level he’s capable of, and so we’re continuing to take it a day at a time. I know he’s doing everything in his power to be able to get himself ready to go and get out there with his teammates. Hopefully next week will represent that. If not, I’ll keep you guys posted.”
The Rams are scheduled to take the field again on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts, but Kupp won’t be available for that one. Once he is removed from the IR list next week, his first chance to return would be in Week 5 against the Philadelphia Eagles.
At this point, however, as McVay indicated, nothing is guaranteed. Nevertheless, the biggest takeaway here is that Kupp is trending in the right direction and he should be back in action sooner rather than later.