Kupp caught eight of 13 targets for 69 yards and a touchdown during Saturday's 26-13 loss to Atlanta in the wild-card round.
The rookie finished the regular season with 62 receptions, 869 yards and five touchdowns, and he was heavily involved in the passing attack again Saturday. Los Angeles turned the ball over twice on returns in the first quarter, so the offensive gameplan was disrupted early, and Kupp benefited from head coach Sean McVay leaning on the passing attack in an attempt to keep this game close. Kupp showcased upside as both a possession receiver and a red-zone target throughout his debut campaign, and he projects to remain a key cog in the offense heading into the 2018 season.
The Rams didn't give any indication they'd risk the health of one of their starting wideouts, especially in a game in which Jared Goff and Todd Gurley (coach's decision - inactive) aren't taking the field. Meanwhile, Robert Woods and Sammy Watkins also didn't land on the inactive list, but the snap counts for the trio are expected to be minimal, at best. Such a reality should allow Josh Reynolds, Tavon Austin, Pharoh Cooper and perhaps even Mike Thomas to get in the act with backup QB Sean Mannion.
Updating a previous report, Kupp (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the 49ers.
Kupp is listed as questionable because he's probably healthy enough to play, but Rams head coach Sean McVay already said the rookie wideout will be held out, along with QB Jared Goff, RB Todd Gurley, LT Andrew Whitworth and C John Sullivan. McVay also said Robert Woods and Sammy Watkins won't play much, if at all, likely leaving Josh Reynolds and Pharoh Cooper as the team's top receivers for the majority of Sunday's game. Kupp returned to practice Friday as a limited participant, putting himself on track to suit up for the wild-card round of the playoffs.
Kupp (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the 49ers, Rich Hammond of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
Kupp might actually be healthy enough to play, but the Rams obviously aren't going to take the risk when they already plan to rest a number of key players. Josh Reynolds and Pharoh Cooper are primed for significant playing time alongside Sean Mannion on Sunday, while Kupp should be ready to return for the wild-card round of the playoffs.
The Rams are locked into the No. 3 or 4 seed in the NFC playoffs as the NFC West champion, spurring the decision to rest most of their key skill-position players. Among the name brands in the offense, Kupp is the sole member who is dealing with an injury. With a sore knee in tow, there's no need to press Kupp, who has missed both practices to date this week, per Myles Simmons of the Rams' official site. Kupp's availability for Week 17 could be known once and for all upon the release of Friday's injury report.
|2017||Los Angeles Rams||15||6||62||869||14.0||64||5||12||2||42|
|2017||Los Angeles Rams||15||6||1||0||0.0||0||0.00||0||0||0||0/0||0||0||39.6|
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