The Rams designated Cooper (ankle) to return from injured reserve Tuesday, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com reports. Thus, Cooper's 21-day window to practice and prove the health of his ankle has opened. If he returns to the 53-man roster, his standing on gameday would be in question. In Cooper's place, Jojo Natson and Blake Countess have performed adeptly as punt and kick returners, respectively. As such, Cooper may have to wait for an opportunity to present itself, whether it's via injury or lack of performance.
Head coach Sean McVay said Monday that Cooper (ankle) is physically able to play, and there will be more clarity on his situation as the week unfolds, Myles Simmons of the Rams' official site reports. Cooper has been on injured reserve for the near entirety of the season after injuring his ankle in the Rams' season-opening victory over the Raiders. While he's now eligible to be activated off IR, it's not certain the Rams will make him one of the two players the team is allowed to bring back to the active roster. After all, Jojo Natson and Blake Countess have shown well on punt returns and kick returns, respectively, and Los Angeles may be more inclined to activate players such as cornerback Aqib Talib (ankle) and Dominique Easley (knee) in an effort to shore up its middling defense. However, if Cooper ultimately is designated to return, he could play a role in replacing the offensive responsibilities of wideout Cooper Kupp, who tore an ACL during this past weekend's victory over Seattle.
Cooper (ankle) could miss multiple weeks according to head coach Sean McVay, Rich Hammond of The Orange County Register reports. Cooper suffered an ankle injury during Monday's win over the Raiders and could now be in danger of missing a handful of games. Even worse, backup returner Mike Thomas is also dealing with a groin injury. Look for updates once the practice reports are released this week.
Cooper is questionable to return to Monday's game against the Raiders after suffering an ankle injury. Cooper has managed 75 yards on three kickoffs and just 12 yards on two punt returns Monday night. If he is not able to return to the contest, look for Cooper Kupp and Mike Thomas to potentially take over his responsibilities on special teams.
Cooper underwent shoulder surgery after last season, Rich Hammond of the Los Angeles Daily News reports. Cooper was dogged by a shoulder injury during the first month of his rookie season in 2016 and again in the week before the Rams' divisional-round defeat to the Falcons in January. In that contest, he was involved in a pair of special-teams snafus, leading to 10 points for the visitors. Cooper likely was afflicted by the shoulder issue, enough so that a procedure was ordered up to fix it. While he remains buried on the wide receiver depth chart, expect him to serve as the Rams' undisputed kick and punt returner again this season.
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