The Rams traded Cooks to the Texans on Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
In exchange for their 2020 second-round pick (57th overall), Houston will get a 2022 fourth-rounder in addition to Cooks, who has been dealt by each of the previous three employers in his career. In two seasons with the Rams, he totaled 122 catches (on 189 targets) for 1,787 yards and seven touchdowns, including a fourth consecutive 1,000-yard campaign in 2018. He didn't reach that threshold last year, partially due to suffering his fifth known concussion as a pro. Cooks will look to bounce back working with Deshaun Watson, and in a receiving corps with question marks after Will Fuller (sports hernia) and Randall Cobb.
Cooks is available for trade, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports.
The Rams are hoping to trade Cooks and/or Todd Gurley in an effort to save money and free up cap space. Cooks produced four consecutive 1,000-yard seasons from 2015 to 2018, but he dropped off to 583 yards in 14 games in 2019, and his struggles with concussions have been well documented. The 26-year-old receiver is signed to a five-year, $81 million contract, so the Rams won't get much in return if they end up trading Cooks.
Cooks caught three of his five targets for 40 yards during Sunday's 31-24 win over Arizona.
This was the seventh straight game Cooks was held below 50 receiving yards, and he only topped the arbitrary benchmark three times all season. Additionally, his 42 receptions and two touchdowns were both career-low marks. The Rams offense struggled for stretches of the season, and Cooks also suffered a concussion and missed two games, so the declined production is probably not entirely the result of Cooks' skill or play. However, Los Angeles leaning on its tight ends in the passing attack more in 2019 definitely took a toll on Cooks' numbers, and the wide receiver likely will have difficulty approaching his stat lines from the 2015-2018 seasons next year.
Cooks secured four of six targets for 39 yards and a touchdown in the Rams' 34-31 loss to the 49ers on Saturday.
Cooks' receiving yardage total was underwhelming once again, but his 10-yard touchdown grab in the first quarter salvaged his fantasy line. The speedster hadn't visited the end zone since back in Week 2 versus the Saints, which marked his only other score of the campaign. Cooks has back-to-back four-catch games, and he'll look to finish what has been a disappointing season overall on a strong note against the Cardinals in Week 17.
Cooks caught just four of his eight targets for 46 yards during Sunday's 44-21 loss to Dallas.
This was Cooks' largest target total since he received nine looks Week 4 against Tampa Bay, and while his receiving numbers were still his best since recording four catches for 59 yards against Atlanta in Week 7, these numbers weren't good enough for fantasy owners or the Rams. Cooks entered 2019 as one of the most consistent receivers in the league with five consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, so there's potential his multiple concussions have hindered his play more than anything. As it stands, and at this stage of the season, he remains a risky start in most fantasy settings.
Cooks didn't catch either of his two targets during Sunday's 28-12 win over Seattle.
Cooks' miserable season continued against the Seahawks, and his limited playing time (27 of 70 offensive snaps) is another concern to add to the list. He's been held to just 12 receptions for 162 yards over the past seven games, and even with the Los Angeles offense clicking the past two weeks, it's impossible to count on Cooks in most fantasy formats.
Cooks caught both of his targets for 24 yards during Sunday's 34-7 win over Arizona.
The sixth-year receiver has been one of the biggest fantasy disappointments of the season with just 31 receptions for 458 yards and a lone touchdown through 10 games. Additionally, Cooks is likely to dip below 1,000 receiving yards for the first time since his rookie campaign in 2014, and Sunday's poor showing is even more concerning because the Rams scored 34 points against the Cards. Owners in dynasty/keeper formats shouldn't ignore the potential impact Cooks' concussions have had on his play, though, and he's definitely a bounce-back candidate heading into 2020 -- especially if his numbers improve over the final weeks of the season. In yearly settings, it's hard to rely on the big-play threat at this stage of the game.
Cooks caught two of four targets for 32 yards in Monday night's 45-6 loss to the Ravens. He also rushed once for one yard.
The receiver returned from his latest concussion, and despite Robert Woods (personal) also re-entering the lineup, the Rams struggled mightily on offense. For his part, Cooks made a nice sideline grab during the first half, but he finished behind Woods, Cooper Kupp and tight end Tyler Higbee in targets on the night. Although Cooks skewered his next opponent, the Cardinals, for a season-high 159 yards in Week 2 last year, Los Angeles' uneven recent form casts uncertainty over his fantasy stock.
Cooks (concussion) is listed as active Monday versus the Ravens, Rich Hammond of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
Cooks has completed his journey through the concussion protocol and will suit up for the first time since Oct. 27, ending a two-game absence. Considering he just tended to the fifth known head injury of his playing career, there may be an increased risk for Cooks to pick up yet another concussion. On Monday though, he'll look to produce against a Baltimore defense that has allowed 178.6 receiving yards per game and six touchdowns to wideouts in 10 contests this season.
Coach Sean McVay said Cooks (concussion) will return to action Monday against the Ravens, Stu Jackson of the Rams' official site reports.
Cooks practiced in full Thursday, after which he spoke to the media. "I'm just extremely blessed to play this game and to be able to come back out here with the guys and prep for another game," he said. "I don't take that for granted." Cooks has completed his recovery from the fifth known concussion of his playing career -- and second of the campaign -- so there's always the risk that another hit will send him to the sideline. No matter, he'll set that aside and turn his focus to Baltimore, whose defense has contained wide receivers to 7.6 yards per target and six touchdowns in 10 contests this season.
Cooks (concussion) practiced fully Thursday, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM Radio reports.
Cooks seems to have completed his recovery from a concussion, as he spoke Thursday. One condition of the protocol for head injuries is no contact with the media, but he told Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com that it "never went through my mind" when asked if he contemplated retirement after suffering the fifth recorded concussion of his playing career Week 8. The Rams haven't officially announced that Cooks was cleared by an independent neurologist, but his comments along with the uninhibited session Thursday both are signs of full recovery.
Cooks (concussion) is on pace to play in Monday's game against the Ravens, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com reports.
The Rams won't release an injury report until Thursday, so it's unclear if Cooks has pass through all five steps of the NFL's protocol for head injuries. After practicing in a limited capacity last week, a full session Thursday will be a great sign for his upcoming availability. In any case, he's still subject to an evaluation of an independent neurologist in order to suit up Week 12.
Coach Sean McVay expects Cooks (concussion) to return to action next Monday against the Ravens, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com reports.
Cooks has yet to be cleared by an independent neurologist, but with limited practices under his belt last week, he's made some progress through the protocol for head injuries. Until Cooks passes that last step -- and as long as Robert Woods is dealing with a personal issue -- the Rams' receiving corps will be headed by Cooper Kupp and Josh Reynolds.
Cooks (concussion) practiced in a limited capacity Wednesday.
Cooks has logged back-to-back capped sessions, a sign he's progressing through the concussion protocol. Because he's recovering from the fifth known head injury of his playing career, the Rams are treading lightly with his recovery, already ruling him out for Sunday's game against the Bears. Instead, coach Sean McVay is hopeful Cooks is back for a Week 12 showdown with the Ravens. In Cooks' place, the Rams are turning to Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods and Josh Reynolds in three-receiver personnel.
Coach Sean McVay expects Cooks (concussion) to practice this week but not play Sunday against the Bears, Cameron DaSilva of USA Today reports. Instead, the Rams hope Cooks will be back Monday, Nov. 25 versus the Ravens.
Cooks practiced in a limited fashion last Friday, showing the first noticeable step in his recovery from the fifth known concussion of his playing career. As a result, there's recent precedent for the wide receiver stepping on the practice field, which will be confirmed on Wednesday's injury report. Having said all that, he's slated to be inactive Sunday for a second straight contest with an eye toward game action Week 12. In Cooks' continued absence, the Rams' receiving corps will be led by Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods and Josh Reynolds.
Cooks (concussion) won't play Sunday night against the Bears.
At this stage, Cooks -- who suffered the fifth diagnosed concussion of his playing career during Week 8 action -- has yet to clear the NFL's concussion protocol. On the plus side, coach Sean McVay relayed Monday that the wideout is feeling good and is now asymptomatic. "Everything is really in good shape with (Cooks) right now, but he will miss this week and then we'll re-evaluate the following week," McVay noted. With Cooks set to miss another contest, the Rams' Week 11 wideout corps will be headed by Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp and Josh Reynolds.
Coach Sean McVay said Monday that Cooks (concussion) is not expected to play in Sunday's game against Chicago, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Cooks is set to miss a second consecutive contest while tending to his fifth recorded concussion that he suffered Week 8. The veteran has visited a few specialists regarding his head injury but has yet to make any significant progress other than practicing in a limited fashion Friday. Considering the protocol Cooks needs to clear and his history of head injuries, there's no telling when he'll be back in the lineup. In his stead, Josh Reynolds saw a season-high 73 offensive snaps Week 10 against Pittsburgh and should be expected to see a similar output Sunday behind Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp.
Cooks, who won't play Sunday at Pittsburgh due to a concussion, practiced in a limited capacity Friday, Cameron DaSilva of USA Today reports.
Cooks has visited a few specialists to get some insight on the fifth recorded concussion of his playing career. While he has progressed enough in his current recovery to get in some practice reps, a few steps remain in his journey through the protocol for head injuries. In Cooks' stead, Josh Reynolds is expected to see a significant number of snaps as an outside receiver alongside starters Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods.
Cooks (concussion) returned to practice Friday, but he won't play in Sunday's game against the Steelers, Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Cooks was ruled out earlier this week, with the plan of visiting medical specialists in the Pittsburgh area while his teammates prepare for a road game against the Steelers. The wide receiver suffered the fifth diagnosed concussion of his career Week 8 against Cincinnati, leaving Josh Reynolds to fill in at wide receiver alongside Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods. It isn't clear if Cooks has any realistic shot to return for Week 11 against the Bears.
Cooks (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's contest against the Steelers, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com reports.
Cooks will fly with the Rams to Pittsburgh, but he'll spend part of the trip meeting with medical specialists as he looks for further opinion on the fifth diagnosed concussion of his NFL career. The 2014 first-round pick previously met with a specialist while the Rams were on bye in Week 9. The Rams hope Cooks will manage to clear the five-step concussion protocol without missing much time beyond Sunday, but given the tricky nature of head injuries, the possibility of a multi-game absence can't be ruled out. Josh Reynolds will likely serve as the team's No. 3 wide receiver as long as Cooks is unable to go.
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