Rams’ Cooper Cooper hurts ankle; ‘it’s not looking good,’ says Sean McVeigh

INGLEWOOD, Calif. — Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVeigh said he had no update on wide receiver Cooper Cooper, who injured his ankle on Sunday, but noted, “I just know it doesn’t look good. It doesn’t sound good. Great.”

Koop injured his ankle while trying to catch a pass from quarterback John Wolford in a 27-17 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. After the game, Koop appeared to grab his right ankle and was helped to the bench by the team’s medical staff. He was checked out and walked to the locker room.

Koop did not speak to the media after the game.

Koop left the Rams’ Week 8 game with a right ankle injury after being hit late in the fourth quarter. Speaking after that game, he said initial tests pointed to “dodging bullets.” He was on the Rams’ injury report the following week, but played in their Week 9 game.

The Rams offense this season has relied on Koop: Entering Week 10, wide receivers accounted for 35.7 percent of receptions this season. That’s the highest score of any player in the league.

“He’s arguably the best receiver in the league,” Wolford said. “He’s a great leader for us and we’ll definitely feel the impact of his absence, but the players have to come forward and if he can’t go, we have to come together. We don’t even know the extent, not yet. Injuried.”

Koop entered the game with 72 catches and 153 in a 17-game season. In 2019, Michael Thomas set the NFL record for the Saints in a single season at 149.

Koop finished the game’s three catches with a career-worst negative one yard.

The Rams are without starting quarterback Matthew Stafford, who entered concussion protocol on Tuesday and did not clear it before the game.

This report uses information from ESPN Stats & Information.

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