Rams WR Cooper Kupp (hamstring) to start season on IR

Sarah BarshopESPN staff writerSep 9, 2023, 02:11 PM ET2 minute reading

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SEATTLE — The The Los Angeles Rams have placed wide receiver Cooper Garbage on injured reserve with a lingering hamstring injury.

Kupp will miss at least four games while on injured reserve: Seattle, Cincinnati, Indianapolis and a trip home to the San Francisco 49ers.

Earlier in the week, Rams head coach Sean McVay acknowledged the possibility of an IR status because he didn’t want to rush Kupp after the injury he suffered during an Aug. 1 training camp practice in Los Angeles and worsened last week.

McVay said Wednesday that Gupp’s injury did not follow “a standard protocol when you re-aggravate a soft tissue injury.” Gupp saw a specialist in Minnesota earlier in the week to get to the root of his hamstring problems.

“[We’re] “I’m continuing to try to figure out exactly what that is so he can get back to feeling like the Cooper we know and love,” McVay said. “Hopefully we’ll do that.”

Kupp hasn’t played in a game since Week 10 of the 2022 season after an ankle injury ended his season. He had 75 catches for 812 yards and six touchdowns in nine games.

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