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Cooper Kupp hilariously explains Brandin Cooks’ cryptic tweet

NFL players sometimes use social media to send messages about their current mindset. They can signal that they’re unhappy with their current team, and maybe even want a trade.

That’s what Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Brandin Cooks seemed to be doing Friday afternoon, when he posted a tweet that simply read “free me.”

Naturally, that gained some notice, with many believing that Cooks was signaling his desire to leave the Rams. Not the case, according to teammate Cooper Kupp, who shared the real reason for the tweet.

Kupp may well not know any better than the rest of us if Cooks’ tweet has any added meaning. It sounds like Cooks may be available for trade whether he wants it or not, and maybe he’s heard that and wants to speed the process alone. Or maybe he’s just quarantined. You be the judge.

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.

Top 5 NFL Comeback Player of the Year candidates

Jimmy Garoppolo

While NFL MVP is the award that gets the most attention, it’s worth paying attention to those who win Comeback Player of the Year. These are players who often suffered injuries and either played through them or lost significant portions of their season to them. They worked their way back to full health, rediscovered their top form, and were major contributors. Andrew Luck was the winner of last season’s award, and his retirement shows just how much he overcame in order to play last year.

So who are the players who have a good chance of being honored with Comeback Player of the Year in 2019? Here are five names to watch.

5. Earl Thomas, S, Ravens

When healthy, Thomas has always been one of the league’s elite safeties. After breaking his leg in the fourth game of the season in 2018, Thomas landed with the Ravens. At age 30, he’s still young enough to recover and get back to something close to his best. Thomas is a hard-hitting safety with a nose for the ball, and the Ravens will benefit from that. It’s entirely plausible that he could claim the award as well.


Cooper Kupp putting up better physical test scores after torn ACL than before

Cooper Kupp

It has been just over nine months since Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp suffered a torn ACL, and it would be understandable if it took him several weeks to get back up to speed after the regular season. However, it sounds like he may have already done that.

In his latest mailbag, Jay Glazer of The Athletic praised Kupp for the hard work he has put in while rehabbing his knee. Believe it or not, Glazer says Kupp is putting up better numbers in his physical tests now than he did before tearing his ACL.

“With that rest, he was able to respond in a way where he’s faster,” Glazer wrote. “All his test scores, coming out of his breaks, agility, quickness, every test timed better than it was before he tore his ACL. It’s incredible.”

That’s obviously outstanding news for Kupp, whose knee took a beating last season even before he tore his ACL. It’s also great for a Rams offense that is much better when he’s on the field. Robert Woods can now resume playing on the outside with Kupp in the slot, and that should open up more opportunities for Jared Goff.

Cooper Kupp out for season with torn ACL

Cooper Kupp

The Los Angeles Rams feared the worst when wide receiver Cooper Kupp went down with a knee injury in Sunday’s win over the Seattle Seahawks, and those fears were realized on Monday.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, an MRI confirmed that Kupp tore the ACL in his left knee.

Kupp was running a route in the second half of Sunday’s game when he went down and immediately grabbed his knee. The injury appeared to be of the non-contact variety, which is never good.

The injury ends a frustrating season for Kupp, who missed two games earlier in the year with a different knee issue. While that injury looked even more severe given the way Kupp was dragged to the turf, the one from Sunday turned out to be the worst case scenario.

15 biggest disappointments of NFL Week 10

Derek Carr

If you like NFL upsets, you probably enjoyed Week 10. Some big names went down, often in surprising fashion, and some lesser teams lost in ways that are going to put their coaches firmly on the hottest of hot seats. One team also suffered a potentially serious injury that could have major implications in the postseason.

Who disappointed in Week 10? Here’s a look at 15 teams, players, and situations.

Derek Carr, QB, Raiders

The Raiders’ offense remained weak on Sunday, with most of their yardage coming in garbage time. Carr threw for 243 yards, but failed to find the end zone and did nothing terribly positive of note. One play in the fourth quarter may serve as the perfect microcosm of Oakland’s 2018 season. On 4th and 5, Carr seemed to lose track of the game situation and threw the ball away, not realizing that doing so would cause a turnover on downs. That’s the Raiders in a nutshell.


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.