7:07pm: While no fracture occurred, Kupp seems likely to miss time. The Rams’ top playmaker suffered a high ankle sprain that ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter notes (via Twitter) “doesn’t sound good.” An IR stay may not be out of the question for the star pass catcher, but any Kupp absence stands to significantly affect a Rams team that has not been able to rely on anyone else to pick up yards this season.
11:00am: The Rams’ offense has had one consistent contributor this season, and the team may be without him for a stretch. Cooper Kupp went down with an ankle injury during yesterday’s loss to the Cardinals, leaving his availability in the short term very much in doubt.
Last night, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reported (via Twitter) that the worst-case scenario had been avoided for last season’s Offensive Player of the Year. An update from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport confirms this, as he adds that no fracture is believed to have taken place (video link).
More testing will be done today, but it appears likely at this point that Kupp is facing a multi-week absence. That would deal a huge blow to the defending champions, of course, given their inability to find consistency on offense outside of Kupp’s production. Los Angeles has dealt with a multitude of injuries along the offensive line, a falling out with running back Cam Akers and underwhelming numbers from free agent signing Allen Robinson.
Kupp, though, had delivered consistent performances prior to yesterday. The 29-year-old sits at 75 catches, 812 yards and six touchdowns on the campaign, one which comes immediately after he won the NFL’s ‘Triple Crown’ by leading the league in each of those three categories. That earned him a three-year, $80MM extension in the offseason, as the Rams took care of new deals for Kupp, quarterback Matthew Stafford and defensive tackle Aaron Donald.
Assuming Kupp does miss time, Robinson would take on an increased role as the team’s leading receiver. Brought in to replace Robert Woods, the former Jaguar and Bear has yet to top 63 yards in a game during his first season with the Rams. Recent draftees Van Jefferson and Tutu Atwell could also be in line for a larger workload. Once considered the favorites to sign Odell Beckham Jr. after his successful run with the team, the Rams do not appear to be finalists for the veteran’s impending decision.
The Rams sit at the bottom of the NFC West with a 3-6 record. Their average of 239 passing yards per game (ranking 17th in the league) would stand to take a significate hit if Kupp’s tests return an unwanted result.