Quarterback Baker Mayfield is on observe to start out the Rams’ final 4 video games, however injured star extensive receiver Cooper Kupp is not going to be catching any of Mayfield’s passes.
Coach Sean McVay on Tuesday made it clear that Kupp, like quarterback Matthew Stafford, virtually actually is not going to play once more till the 2023 season.
“You won’t see Cooper this year,” McVay mentioned throughout a videoconference with reporters, including, “I would be hard-pressed to see any scenario that he would play again this year.”
McVay backtracked a bit when requested what went into the choice to close down Kupp, the reigning NFL offensive participant of the 12 months who’s on injured reserve and has been sidelined for 4 video games after surgical procedure for a excessive ankle sprain.
“It’s just the timing of the injury and how long it would take for him to get back to even being medically cleared to return,” McVay mentioned. “He’s making good progress, but … I still think you’re anywhere between three and four weeks away ….
“I’ve got to be careful speaking in absolutes. I think it would be surprising if he was able to play again, but I don’t want to say there’s a zero percent chance.”
Kupp has 75 catches this season, six for touchdowns. Huge receiver Allen Robinson is also on injured reserve after season-ending foot surgical procedure.
The absences of Kupp and Robinson have created alternatives for Van Jefferson, Ben Skowronek, Tutu Atwell and Brandon Powell.
Stafford, on injured reserve with what McVay has described as a spinal twine contusion, and Kupp are “extensions of the coaching staff right now,” McVay mentioned.
The Rams (4-9) play the Inexperienced Bay Packers (5-8) on Monday evening at Lambeau Area.
That might be Mayfield’s first begin after he got here off the bench and led the Rams to a 17-16 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders on Thursday evening.
About 48 hours after the Rams claimed Mayfield off waivers from the Carolina Panthers, he got here on in reduction of starter John Wolford within the first quarter. Mayfield engineered two fourth-quarter scoring drives, tossing a 23-yard landing go to Jefferson with 10 seconds left.
5 days later, Rams teammates have been nonetheless raving about Mayfield’s efficiency.
“His competitive nature helped him get that job done — and helped us get that job done,” tight finish Tyler Higbee mentioned throughout a videoconference. “And it was impressive watching him out there and compete.
“Things didn’t go his way. Things didn’t go our way. He didn’t bat an eye. Kept competing and moved on to the next play.”
Mayfield accomplished 22 of 35 passes for 230 yards and the landing. Throughout the game-winning drive, a pass-interference penalty in opposition to the Raiders nullified an interception and an unsportsmanlike penalty in opposition to the Raiders afforded Mayfield and the Rams further possibilities.
Mayfield made key performs, delivering a 32-yard go to Skowronek and the landing throw to Jefferson.
Security Taylor Rapp sealed the victory with an interception, ending the Rams’ six-game shedding streak.
The Rams rallied round Mayfield and the “the energy, the fire,” that he supplied, Rapp mentioned.
“The no-flinch, the no-back-down attitude,” Rapp mentioned. “Can’t say enough how appreciative we are of that guy and how much respect we have for that guy.”
Mayfield and the Rams have a full week to arrange for the Packers. And for the primary time in weeks, they may apply with momentum.
“Confidence can be a big thing in the NFL,” mentioned Higbee, a seventh-year professional. “You get at a team rolling, that has confidence, you never know what can happen.”
And so forth. …
Defensive lineman Aaron Donald sat out the final two video games due to a excessive ankle sprain that didn’t require surgical procedure. Requested whether or not Donald would return to apply this week, McVay mentioned, “I wouldn’t rule that out.”… Wolford most likely might be out this week due to a neck harm, McVay mentioned. Security Jordan Fuller (hamstring) “is making good progress,” McVay mentioned. “Whether that means he actually will return to play is something we’ll talk about.”… The Rams are off Wednesday. They may resume preparations for the Packers on Thursday.