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.
With coach Sean McVay treating Saturday's game as anything but a dress rehearsal for the regular season, Cooper saw playing time early in the contest. He hauled in a six-yard touchdown pass from Sean Mannion late in the first quarter and was productive overall before exiting the contest. Cooper has logged just 25 receptions over his first two seasons and has yet to score his first NFL touchdown from scrimmage, but he proved highly valuable on special teams in 2017. Cooper amassed 1,331 yards and a kickoff return touchdown last season while serving as both a kickoff and punt returner, and he's expected to reprise that role again in the coming season.
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.
Cooper was involved in two special-teams turnovers in the first quarter of Saturday's 26-13 loss to Atlanta in the wild-card round.
Cooper and Blake Countess got their signals crossed on a punt return that was set to be a fair catch, and then Cooper fumbled a kickoff return. With Atlanta recovering both, the special-teams gaffs put the Rams' offense in a negative game script, and kept the defense on the field for far too long. It was uncharacteristic of Cooper's Pro Bowl campaign, as he proved to be a game-breaking returner in the regular season. Head coach Sean McVay stuck with the former South Carolina standout throughout Saturday's game, and the unfortunate errors are unlikely to have a lasting impact on Cooper's role heading into 2018. Additionally, depending on how the receiver corps is handled during the offseason, there's potential for him to be more involved in the offense next year.
|5||10/7/18||@ SEA||4:25 pm|
|6||10/14/18||@ DEN||4:05 pm|
|7||10/21/18||@ SF||8:20 pm|
|9||11/4/18||@ NO||4:25 pm|
|Bye: Week 12|
|13||12/2/18||@ DET||1:00 pm|
|14||12/9/18||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
|16||12/23/18||@ ARI||4:05 pm|
|2017||Los Angeles Rams||16||1||11||84||7.6||26||0||1||0||3|
|2018||Los Angeles Rams||1||0||0||0||---||0||0||0||0||0|
|2017||Los Angeles Rams||16||1||1||6||6.0||6||0||0||1|
|2018||Los Angeles Rams||1||0||0||0||---||0||0||0||0|
|2017||Los Angeles Rams||16||1||0||0||---||0||---||0||0||0||0/0||0||0||---|
|2018||Los Angeles Rams||1||0||0||0||---||0||---||0||0||0||0/0||0||0||---|
|2017||Los Angeles Rams||16||34||932||27.4||103||1||3|
|2018||Los Angeles Rams||1||3||75||25.0||26||0||0|
|2017||Los Angeles Rams||16||32||8||399||12.5||53||0||8|
|2018||Los Angeles Rams||1||2||1||12||6.0||12||0||0|
|2017||Los Angeles Rams||16||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2018||Los Angeles Rams||1||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2017||Los Angeles Rams||16||3||1||0||1||0||0||1||0|
|2018||Los Angeles Rams||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|