Regarding wide receiver Cooper Kupp, the Los Angeles Rams received some unfavorable news.
According to Andrew Siciliano of NFL Network, head coach Sean McVay disclosed on Thursday that Kupp had experienced a "setback" that was classified as a "muscle strain."
Kupp is a "day-to-day" player, according to McVay, who added that "we're obviously a much better team when he's out here."
According to ESPN.com's Stephania Ball, McVay remarked that there is a distinction between returning to play and returning to performance. "We want Cooper Kupp to perform again."
Kupp was previously said to be expected to play in the team's Week 1 matchup against the Seattle Seahawks. Kupp, who had a season-ending ankle injury in 2022, started training camp with a hamstring issue that kept him out for the majority of the preseason.
It would be a vast understatement to argue that the Rams are a better team with Kupp on board. Over the course of his six-season career, the receiver has accumulated more than 6,000 yards and 46 touchdowns. He hauled in 1,947 yards and 16 touchdowns during his amazing 2021 season, which helped the Rams win the Super Bowl.
In 2022, his output decreased to 812 yards and six touchdowns, but it was due to playing in eight fewer games and a Rams offense that was significantly less effective, finishing worst in the league in terms of total offense. This is anticipated to change in 2023 when both Kupp and Matthew Stafford, who missed eight games as well, return to full health. Stafford is said to appear "healthier than ever."
Although Kupp is listed as day-to-day, it is still possible that he may be available for Week 1. The Rams' passing attack would suffer greatly if he does end up missing time.