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Cooper Kupp says he is now significantly faster than he was before ACL tear

Cooper Kupp

Cooper Kupp is fully recovered from last year’s left ACL tear and then some.

Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times revealed in a feature this week that the Los Angeles Rams wide receiver had to re-learn how to run following his injury, and after poring over tape of his stride, he is now much faster.

Per Farmer:

He had to re-learn how to run after surgery, and used that as a way of eliminating the imperfections in his stride. He meticulously studied video of his form, breaking it down in super slo-mo, and the results were astounding. He said he’s between 1.5-2 mph faster than he was before his injury.

Kupp, 26, suffered the tear in Week 10 of last season and missed the rest of the year, including the Rams’ run to the Super Bowl. This season though, he is already at 32 catches for 388 yards and three touchdowns (all tops on the team) through four games.

The former third-round pick’s superhuman recovery might seem unheard of, but we did see a similar case of an athlete with a freakish post-ACL-tear feat.

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