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Rams WR Cooper Kupp suffers setback with hamstring recovery, is day-to-day

We discuss Los Angemes Rams head coach Sean McVay telling reporters that WR Cooper Kupp had a setback with his hamstring injury.

Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp waves to fans during Rams training camp at UCI in Irvine Thursday, July 27, 2023. Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

September 2 update: Kupp is visiting a specialist to understand his hamstring issue, which has been bothering him for the back half of the summer. He’s pulled the muscle twice and even though Sean McVay has him listed as day-to-day, hamstring injuries can be notoriously nagging and don’t ever really fully go away until significant time has passed. For now, Kupp is still set to play Week 1 but we’ll know more about his practice workload in the coming days.

Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay told reporters that wide receiver Cooper Kupp is considered day-to-day after suffering a setback with his hamstring injury. Kupp’s 2022 ended early from an ankle sprain that forced him to IR late in the year. He had fully recovered from the ankle injury but then strained his hamstring at the beginning of August.

Kupp is heading into his seventh career season. He only played in nine games in 2022, ending with 75 receptions on 98 targets for 812 yards and six touchdowns. Kupp is two years removed from his record-setting performance in 2021 when he finished the season with 145 receptions for 1,947 yards and 16 touchdowns. Kupp is easily the WR1 for the Rams, and losing him for any length of time in the regular season would put a damper on what is already expected to be a tough season.

Kupp’s hamstring flaring up is a worry for fantasy football managers, too. He is one of the top wide receivers in the league, consistently being selected in the first round of drafts regardless of format. This could be the type of injury that sticks with him. His value would take a hit if it limits his explosiveness or ability to cut. From the casual nature of McVay’s comments, I would drop Kupp only a few spots, but we haven’t heard or seen anything that would force him to fall more than that.