Cooper Kupp’s newest injury news has made the Los Angeles Rams’ title defense from hell even worse.
The Rams were relieved to learn that the injury was only a high ankle sprain rather than a potentially serious long-term ailment. Cooper Kupp, however, is most likely anticipated to miss the majority—if not the entire—of the remaining 2022 schedule, which will affect their chances for this season.
Adam Schefter, an ESPN insider, claims that Cooper Kupp, who underwent surgery earlier this week to heal a damaged ankle, will go missing within a six- to eight-week period.
“Players often miss six to eight weeks of action after tightrope surgeries, like the one Kupp had last week. While some players returned sooner than that deadline, others took longer.
The good news is that because the schedule differs for each athlete, he might actually come back sooner. Beyond Cooper Kupp’s personal recovery process, the Rams’ success without him may also play a role in the choice.
With a 3-6 record entering Week 11, the Rams are currently last in the NFC West. Without their undisputed top-receiving option moving forward, it will be much more difficult to get them out of last place and into the postseason race.
If anything, if the Rams are unable to advance in the standings, they may decide to bench Cooper Kupp even if he makes progress in his recuperation. As long as Kupp remains their WR1 going forward, protecting his health might be a better choice than taking chances in the hopes of making a playoff push.