Cooper Kupp‘s 2021 season was biblical. He won the receiving Triple Crown, broke the single-season receiving yards record and was named the MVP of Super Bowl LVI.
Nothing was stopping him heading into 2022, except for severe regression hitting his Los Angeles Rams team and a Week 10 high ankle sprain that required surgery. With that nightmare season in the past, 2023 was shaping up as a bounceback opportunity for the wideout and the Rams.
Unfortunately, a hamstring pull cut his practice time once August rolled around. He recovered and returned to practice on August 23, but a setback with the hamstring on August 31 has his Week 1 status very much in doubt. To make matters worse, Kupp is visiting a specialist to “further understand” what is causing the issue.
Ian Rapoport also noted that “exercising caution for Week 1 is the likely outcome“. That means Kupp will at least miss one game, but it sounds as if the Rams don’t really have any idea when he’ll be ready to return.
A worrisome development for a 30 year old WR
Visiting a specialist for a muscular injury is not uncommon, but it’s not ideal for a position player who relies so much on agility, speed and quick movements. Muscle strains can linger for a long time if not treated correctly and allowed to heal, and they present a higher re-aggravation risk going forward.
Having just turned 30 years old in June, Kupp is at the age where we see wide receivers’ production fall sharply, historically. Adding a bothersome soft-tissue injury is not helping matters, and it’s very possible Kupp’s best ball is in the rearview mirror.