Los Angeles Rams star wide receiver Cooper Kupp made his return from last season’s ankle injury for training camp ahead of the 2023 season. However, his return appears to be short-lived, as he may be on the mend with another injury.
Kupp left practice early on Tuesday with what is being called a hamstring injury, but details have not been made public regarding the severity. Hamstring injuries, especially when it comes to wide receivers, are not to be messed with.
Because of this, the Rams are reportedly going to approach Kupp’s injury with extra caution, and it may be a little while before the team welcomes him back to preseason training, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN:
Rams’ WR Cooper Kupp underwent an MRI on his hamstring and while the team will be very cautious with him, one source said he potentially could be back “for scrimmages in a few weeks.” https://t.co/0KRMH8lzfH
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 2, 2023
The Rams first game of 2023 is still over five weeks away on Sept. 10. But hamstring injuries can be tricky. If he can return in a few weeks as reported, he should be back with a couple weeks to spare before the start of the season, giving him some ramp-up time as well.
Kupp is vital to what the Rams are looking to do as an offense this season as he is the most decorated player on the entire Rams offense. But his long-term health is the priority and the Rams are likely going to do everything they can to ensure that when he returns, he is fully healthy without any major re-injury risks.
Derion Kendrick making progress with hamstring injury
Rams cornerback Derion Kendrick is also in the recovery stages from a hamstring injury. Unlike with Kupp, though, there doesn’t seem to be any concern for a return, with head coach Sean McVay saying a return could happen soon.
“He’s making good progress. I talked to him today and those soft tissue things are something that you can’t be too careful with. So hopefully we’ll get him back within the week, maybe next week. It might be this week. So it’s kind of just day-to-day, especially when you’re talking about with those DBs.”
The Rams may already be dealing with a bit of an injury bug, but the hope is that they can have a completely healthy roster when the NFL season begins in September.