Rams planning to shut down Cooper Kupp for rest of season

Quarterback Baker Mayfield is on track to start the Rams’ last four games, but injured star wide receiver Cooper Kupp won’t intercept any of Mayfield’s passes.

Coach Sean McVay made it clear on Tuesday that Kupp, like quarterback Matthew Stafford, will almost certainly not play again until the 2023 season.

“You won’t see Cooper this year,” McVay said during a video call with reporters, adding, “I would have a hard time seeing a scenario that he would play again this year.”

McVay backed off a bit when asked what led to the decision to not replace Kupp, the reigning NFL Offensive Player of the Year, who is on injured reserve and sidelined four games after undergoing surgery for a high ankle sprain. turn off.

“It’s just the timing of the injury and how long it would take for him to be medically cleared to return,” McVay said. “He’s making good progress but… I still think you’re between three and four weeks away….

“I have to be careful about speaking in absolute numbers. I think it would be surprising if he could play again, but I don’t want to say there’s a zero percent chance.”

Kupp has 75 catches this season, including six for touchdowns. Wide receiver Allen Robinson is also on injured reserve following season-ending foot surgery.

The absence of Kupp and Robinson has created chances for Van Jefferson, Ben Skowronek, Tutu Atwell and Brandon Powell.

Stafford, who is on injured reserve with a spinal cord contusion described by McVay, and Kupp are “extensions of the coaching staff at the moment,” McVay said.

The Rams (4-9) play the Green Bay Packers (5-8) at Lambeau Field Monday night.

That will be Mayfield’s first start after coming on as a substitute and leading the Rams to a 17-16 win over the Las Vegas Raiders on Thursday night.

About 48 hours after the Rams freed Mayfield from the Carolina Panthers on waivers, he came to relief starter John Wolford in the first quarter. Mayfield executed two scoring drives in the fourth quarter and threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Jefferson with 10 seconds remaining.

Rams quarterback Baker Mayfield finds an open receiver while running away from Raiders lineback Luke Masterson.

Rams quarterback Baker Mayfield finds an open receiver while running from Las Vegas Raiders linebacker Luke Masterson Thursday night at SoFi Stadium.

(Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

Five days later, Rams teammates were still raving about Mayfield’s performance.

“His competitive nature helped him get that job done — and helped us get that job done,” tight end Tyler Higbee said during a video conference call. “And it was impressive to see him out there competing.

“Things didn’t go his way. Things weren’t going our way. He didn’t bat an eyelid. Competed on and moved on to the next piece.”

Mayfield completed 22 of 35 passes for 230 yards and a touchdown. During the game-winning drive, a pass interference penalty against the Raiders nullified an interception, and an unsportsmanlike penalty against the Raiders gave Mayfield and the Rams additional chances.

Mayfield made key plays, delivering a 32-yard pass to Skowronek and the touchdown throw to Jefferson.

Safety Taylor Rapp sealed the win with an interception, ending the Rams’ six-game losing streak.

The Rams rallied around Mayfield and “the energy, the fire” he provided, Rapp said.

“The attitude without flinching, without flinching,” said Rapp. “I can’t say enough how grateful we are to this guy and how much respect we have for him.”

Mayfield and the Rams have a full week to prepare for the Packers. And for the first time in weeks, they’ll be training with momentum.

“Confidence can be a big thing in the NFL,” said Higbee, a seventh-year pro. “You get a team rolling, it has self-confidence, you never know what can happen.”

Etc. …

Defensive lineman Aaron Donald sat out the last two games with a high ankle sprain that didn’t require surgery. When asked if Donald would return to practice this week, McVay said, “I wouldn’t rule that out.” … Wolford will likely be out this week with a neck injury, McVay said. Safety Jordan Fuller (hamstring) “is making good progress,” McVay said. “Whether that means he’s actually going to play again, that’s something we’re going to talk about.” … The Rams are off on Wednesday. They will resume preparations for the Packers on Thursday.

https://www.latimes.com/sports/rams/story/2022-12-13/rams-green-bay-packers-cooper-kupp-baker-mayfield Rams planning to shut down Cooper Kupp for rest of season

Emma Bowman

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