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Rams fear Cooper Kupp has torn ACL

Cooper Kupp went down with a knee injury on a non-contact play during Sunday’s Los Angeles Rams-Seattle Seahawks game, and the concern is that he may have suffered a torn ACL.

Kupp was running a route in the second half of the game and went down grabbing his left knee.

Rams head coach Sean McVay said after the game that he didn’t think the news was good. NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport says the fear is that he suffered a torn ACL.

Kupp missed two games earlier this season with a knee injury. Kupp had 5 catches for 39 yards in the game. He has six touchdowns this season.

Rams WR Cooper Kupp goes down with non-contact knee injury

Cooper Kupp suffered what looked like a serious knee injury in Week 6 but ended up missing just two games, and the Los Angeles Rams are hoping the same will be true after he went down again on Sunday.

Unfortunately, the latest injury appeared even more concerning. Kupp was running a route in the fourth quarter of the Rams’ game against the Seattle Seahawks, and he went down after making minimal contact with a defender. He immediately clutched his left knee.

The injury Kupp suffered on an illegal tackle against the Broncos may have looked uglier than his latest injury, but non-contact injuries are always some of the most concerning. That would be a tough break for Kupp and the Rams after the receiver was able to fight his way back onto the field.

Cooper Kupp appears on track to play Week 9 against Saints

The Los Angeles Rams are traveling to New Orleans on Sunday to take on the Saints in what many expect to be the shootout of the week, and they should be getting a nice boost in their passing game.

Cooper Kupp, who suffered what at the time looked like a season-ending injury in Week 6, returned to practice on Wednesday. While he was a limited participant, Rams coach Sean McVay said there’s a “good chance” the wide receiver will suit up.

The undefeated Rams are one of the deepest offensive teams in football, and they have had no trouble continuing to score points in Kupp’s absence. Robert Woods and Brandin Cooks have been able to pick up the slack, while Todd Gurley continues to run (and catch) like an MVP candidate.

Still, having Kupp back will only make L.A. more dangerous. The 2017 third-round pick has missed the past two games after suffering a sprained MCL, and those injuries have a tendency to linger. He could be playing at less than 100 percent if he suits up, but it’s a positive sign that he’s back on the practice field after how nasty the initial injury looked.

Cooper Kupp could reportedly miss time with sprained MCL

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp left Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos after suffering what appeared to be a serious injury, but he was surprisingly able to return despite being carted off. However, the possibility still exists that he could miss some time.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Kupp suffered a sprained MCL and the Rams are bracing for the possibility that they could be without him in Week 7.

Kupp’s leg bent awkwardly underneath him when he was dragged down by a Broncos defender with an illegal tackle. There was initially speculation that his injury looked serious enough to be season-ending, so it was a welcome sight when he returned to the game in the second half.

With 30 catches for 438 yards and five touchdowns, Kupp is an important part of the Rams’ high-powered passing attack. L.A. is hoping for a quick recovery.

Twitter reacts to Cooper Kupp returning to game after being carted off

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp left Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos in the first half after suffering what appeared to be a serious lower leg injury. There was even some speculation that his season could be over, but he wasn’t about to go down that easy.

Kupp’s ankle turned awkwardly underneath him as he was being dragged down on an illegal horse collar tackle. He was carted off the field.

Fortunately, tests must have revealed Kupp suffered no structural damage. The Broncos also said he underwent concussion testing and was cleared. Kupp returned to the game for the second half, and the reactions on Twitter were fantastic:

Kupp is an important part of the Rams’ high-octane offense, so they must be relieved his injury was not nearly as bad as it initially seemed.

Cooper Kupp carted off after suffering leg injury on illegal tackle

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The Los Angeles Rams lost a member of their high-octane passing attack on Sunday, as wide receiver Cooper Kupp was carted off the field in the first half after suffering a painful looking leg injury.

Kupp took a hand-off from Jared Goff on a jet sweep and turned it up field for a first down. He was taken down by Denver Broncos defensive back Darian Stewart on a horse collar tackle, and Kupp’s ankle twisted underneath him as he was being dragged to the ground.

Kupp was carted off the field, so it appears the injury could be serious. That was a perfect example of why the horse collar tackle has been banned.

Eight NFL players making noise in training camp

Sam Darnold

While we are only a game into the NFL preseason, we have seen enough of training camp and game action to know who’s really starting to make an impression on coaches and teammates. A lot of the players are rookies, but some veterans and post-hype players are standing out as well. These players are standing in terms of how they’ve done in games, how they’ve looked in practice, and even how they interact with their teammates.

Here’s a look at eight NFL players making some noise early on in training camp.

Saquon Barkley, RB, Giants

Everyone expected Barkley to be great, and he certainly has been. All you need to do is watch his first preseason carry and you’ll see the skill he brings to the table. Barkley appears to have energized Giants camp; he looked very impressive in his first preseason game, and they’re putting a lot of responsibility on his shoulders considering he’s a rookie. He looks ready to handle it all.


15 biggest disappointments of NFL Week 11

Jason Garrett

Week 11 saw plenty of surprises and several big disappointments as the playoff race truly heats up. Playoff contenders are separating from each other, with some teams looking a bit worse for wear as they come up against each other.

So who was a letdown in Week 11? Here are 15 big disappointments.

Dallas Cowboys in the second half

They say it’s not about how you start but how you finish. And the Dallas Cowboys could not have finished Sunday’s game any worse. Dallas went into halftime leading their division rivals 9-7. After that, they gave up 30 unanswered points as the wheels completely fell off. The Cowboys allowed touchdown drives of 75, 90 and 85 yards. They punted twice on their possessions in between Philly’s big scoring drives. Then they gave up a strip sack that was returned for a touchdown as the game turned into a laugher. As if that weren’t enough, their first decent drive of the half ended with an interception in the end zone. This marks two straight embarrassing defeats for Dallas without Ezekiel Elliott.

Sean McDermott, coach, Bills

The easiest thing to do would be to list Nathan Peterman and his five first half interceptions on here and be done with it, but frankly, that would be unfair to Peterman. He wasn’t ready and he shouldn’t have started — especially over Tyrod Taylor, who had done nothing to lose his starting job. But McDermott decided to make the change, and he watched as Peterman was picked off five times in one half as the Los Angeles Chargers essentially had the Bills buried by halftime.

This is on the coach. It’s his job to know his players and put them in the best situation to win. Now, he’s put the rookie Peterman into an awful spot, dented his confidence, and left Taylor wondering what McDermott saw in him to make him the inferior option. It is an enormous self-inflicted error that has only served to muddy the waters — especially when he was left with no choice but to put Taylor right back in after the nightmarish first half.

Cooper Kupp, WR, Rams


15 biggest disappointments of NFL Week 5

Ben Roethlisberger

Week 5 of the NFL saw many players go down to injuries, leaving many of their fans disappointed. The New York Giants led the way by seeing players exit nearly every quarter. Then the day ended with one of the league’s most beloved players getting carted off. In between, we saw some players get exposed, others underperform, and some teams just completely failed to show up.

Here’s a look at the 15 biggest disappointments of Week 15.

Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers

Big Ben was nothing short of brutal against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, and it’s almost like the defense was in his head. Roethlisberger was 33 of 55 for 312 yards, no touchdowns, and five interceptions. His passer rating was 37.8 for the game, which is still better than what Joe Flacco did against Jacksonville, but far from an acceptable number. He lacked confidence following the win and said aloud, “maybe I don’t have it anymore.”

Considering he had led the Steelers to a 3-1 record while throwing six touchdowns and two picks entering the game, and that the Jags have made Houston and Baltimore’s QBs look equally bad, we’ll chalk this up to more of a fluke for Roethlisberger than anything else.

New York Giants wide receivers

What happened to the New York Giants’ wide receivers on Sunday was unreal. Four of the five receivers they had entering the game were knocked out of the contest by injuries. Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall, and Sterling Shepard all suffered ankle injuries. Punt and kick returner Dwayne Harris, who is listed as a receiver, suffered a fractured foot. Being 0-5 and having 80 percent of your receivers out with injuries is about as bad as it gets. The Giants will have to dig deep to fill in the vacancies at receiver heading into a tough Week 6 matchup at Denver.

DeShone Kizer, QB, Browns

Kizer was benched during the Browns’ 17-14 loss to the New York Jets after completing just 8 of 17 passes for 87 yards with an interception and fumble. His two turnovers were absolutely killer.

Kizer lost a fumble on a 3rd-and-goal play from the Jets’ 3-yard line late in the first quarter. Then in the second quarter, he threw an interception with his team at the Jets’ 4-yard line. The Browns should have scored six points at a minimum on those possessions, and possibly as many as 14 points. That was the difference between winning and losing the game.

Oakland Raiders

The Raiders looked like a playoff team after the first two games of the season, which included a road win at Tennessee and a victory over the Jets in which they scored 45 points. Since then they’ve lost three in a row, and the manner in which they’ve lost is a major concern.

The Raiders were crushed by Washington and did very little offensively in the game; they were similarly ineffective against the Broncos and only scored 10 points that game; and they were held to 245 total yards in a 30-17 loss to Baltimore in Week 5. Even if Derek Carr got hurt last week and E.J. Manuel played all of the Ravens game, the lack of potency in the team’s offense is alarming. In the last three games, Marshawn Lynch only has 73 rushing yards and Amari Cooper has just four catches for 15 yards.

Rams’ red zone offense

The Rams entered Sunday’s game against Seattle averaging 35.5 points per game. They were held to just 10 in their Week 5 loss. Most of that is because of their red-zone struggles.

The Rams had the ball in the red zone four times against Seattle and came away with just three points. On their opening drive, running back Todd Gurley lost a fumble at the one. In the second quarter, they started their possession with the ball at the 19 but only moved it two yards and settled for a 35-yard field goal. At least they made that kick, compared to the opening drive of the third quarter where Greg Zuerlein missed a 36-yard kick. Then the team got the ball down to the 20 in the final minute of the game and had four cracks at the end zone but were unable to convert.

Just to show you how good this team can be, they turned the ball over five times and still almost won.

Tennessee Titans running backs

The Titans have arguably the best running back duo in the NFL between DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry. With Marcus Mariota out due to his hamstring, the team was expecting to lean on their rushers to carry the offense, yet that didn’t happen.

Murray rushed for 58 yards on 14 carries, good enough for a 4.1 average, but he was unable to break off anything longer than a 13-yard rush. He also lost a fumble. Henry rushed for just nine yards on four carries, as one of his big gains was countered by a rush for a loss of six. Neither talented rusher was able to find a lane or break a much-needed big run as Matt Cassel filled in at quarterback. The team only amassed 188 total yards and 10 points in the game.

Darius Slay, CB, Lions

Earlier this week we were wondering whether Cam Newton could regain his MVP form from 2015. Apparently all he needed was to face Darius Slay.

Newton had his best game of the season passing for 355 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in the Panthers’ 27-24 win over the Lions. According to Pro Football Focus, Newton had a near perfect passer rating when targeting Slay. PFF says Slay allowed five catches for 71 yards and two touchdowns in the game. Slay did get credit for six tackles.

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10 most intriguing players to watch at the NFL Combine

Myles Garrett

The NFL Combine will be held from February 28 through March 6 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, giving NFL teams a close look at many of the league’s most promising prospects.

Players will not only have an opportunity to meet with NFL scouts and executives, but also to improve their potential NFL Draft stock with impressive performances on the field.

Whether it’s a debate about skill level, or players being over-hyped/underrated, there are many athletes who will be at Indianapolis with stories that are slightly more interesting than others.

With that in mind, here’s a look at 10 of the most intriguing players who will be at the NFL Combine.

10. Cooper Kupp (wide receiver, Eastern Washington)

There are 19 FCS players who will take part in the 2017 NFL Combine, and coming from small schools makes them all interesting. But of those who are slated to attend, perhaps none bring about as much intrigue as Eastern Washington wide receiver Cooper Kupp.

Kupp will enter the combine and subsequently the NFL Draft having amassed more college receiving yards than the legendary Jerry Rice. As a freshman, he set FCS records with 93 receptions and 21 touchdowns, but that was only the tip of the iceberg. Kupp eventually closed out his career with 428 receptions for 6,464 yards and 73 touchdown.

Oh, and did we mention he’s a solid return man, can run the football, play gunner and if the situation calls for it, he can also throw the ball on some trick plays?

He has all the tools that make an interesting prospect, and he’s quite intelligent, having scored a 37 on his Wonderlic test while posting a 3.6 GPA. He’s also married and has not shown any off-field issues.

Needless to say, Kupp will be a name worth keeping an eye on. He’s drawn high praise from NFL scouts early on, his college resume speaks for itself, and he expects to put up some pretty impressive numbers to help improve his draft stock.

9. DeMarcus Walker (defensive end, Florida State)