‘Kicking myself’ after Cooper Kupp’s injury
The Los Angeles Rams suffered their third loss in four games against the division rival 49ers on Sunday, falling 31-14 as the team failed to score more than 14 points for the fourth straight game. But their biggest loss may have come in the form of reigning Offensive Player of the Year Cooper Kupp, who left the game with less than two minutes to go with an ankle injury.
Kupp appeared to be rolled as he was tackled during a pass play on third down, with the play well out of reach. The All-Pro wide receiver remained on the field for a few moments, and the Rams gave up when the game finally resumed, running the ball and taking a knee to end the game.
After the game, Rams head coach Sean McVay admitted he made a mistake keeping his best player in a game that was already decided.
“That’s why you wanted to try to be smart to get out of the game. And I’m kicking myself for not running the football again,” McVay said in his postgame presser. “But, I hope he’s okay.”
For NBC Los AngelesKupp had his ankle wrapped in the locker room after the game and was “noticeably limping.”
The big loss to San Francisco at SoFi Stadium dropped the Rams to 3-4 after their Super Bowl season, and if Kupp has to miss time, he’ll face a much tougher road back to the playoffs. The 29-year-old wide receiver has accounted for more than 32 percent of the Rams’ total yards and six of their 13 total offensive touchdowns on the season. Even with Kupp, Los Angeles is second to last in the NFL in total yards and fifth to last in points.
In Week 9, they travel to Tampa to face another disappointing NFC team in the Buccaneers. Tampa Bay still has the fifth-best defensive DVOA (defense-adjusted value over average) in the league, per Football Outsiders, so it will be tough.
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