Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the 49ers, coach Sean McVay said Wednesday, via RamsWire.com.
That’s not a surprise, given the 25-year-old wide receiver sprained his MCL running a jet sweep Sunday in the Rams’ win over the Broncos. After being carted off the field, Kupp later returned to the game. It was expected he would miss some time, possibly beyond Week 7.
Kupp has caught 30 passes for 438 yards with five touchdowns in six games as one of quarterback Jared Goff’s top targets. His absence will open the door for second-year player Josh Reynolds in the Rams’ three-receiver sets with Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods. Ramswire.com reports Reynolds will likely line up outside with either Cooks or Woods in the slot.
The Rams are getting one weapon back Sunday. Kicker Greg Zuerlein, who strained his groin before the Week 2 game against the Cardinals, has been cleared to play. Zuerlein led the league in scoring last season with 158 points.