Jan 9, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp (10) catches a ball while under pressure by Seattle Seahawks safety Jamal Adams (33)  during the first quarter at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Rams WR Cooper Kupp inactive vs. Packers

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp has been ruled inactive for Saturday’s NFC divisional-round playoff game against the host Green Bay Packers.

Kupp, 27, initially was listed as questionable to play after missing practice throughout the week for the sixth-seeded Rams.

Kupp caught four passes for 78 yards in Los Angeles’ 30-20 victory over the Seattle Seahawks last Saturday before leaving in the fourth quarter with a knee contusion.

Kupp led the team in catches (92) and receiving yards (974) in 15 games this season. His three touchdown grabs trailed Robert Woods (six) for the team lead.

Josh Reynolds, who had 52 catches for 618 yards and two touchdowns this season, likely will see more snaps with Kupp sidelined.

The Rams also ruled the following players as inactive for Saturday’s game: starting left guard David Edwards and fellow offensive lineman Brian Allen, quarterback John Wolford, linebacker Terrell Lewis as well as wide receiver Trishton Jackson.

The top-seeded Packers’ inactives list is as follows: quarterback Jordan Love, cornerbacks Ka’dar Hollman and Josh Jackson, linebacker Jonathan Garvin, tight end Jace Sternberger and defensive lineman Kingsley Keke.

–Field Level Media

Dec 6, 2020; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp (10) against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Rams activate WR Cooper Kupp from reserve/virus list

The Los Angeles Rams activated wide receiver Cooper Kupp from the reserve/COVID-19 list, the team announced Wednesday.

Kupp, who was placed on the list on Dec. 29, is in line to play in Saturday’s NFC wild-card game against the host Seattle Seahawks.

The 27-year-old Kupp has been an integral part of an offense that has struggled of late. He recorded team-leading totals in catches (92) and receiving yards (974) to go along with three touchdowns this season.

Kupp had five catches for 50 yards in the Rams’ 23-16 win over the Seahawks on Nov. 15 and eight receptions for 66 yards in a 20-9 setback in Seattle on Dec. 27.

Kupp has 288 catches for 3,570 yards with 24 touchdowns in 54 career games since being selected by the Rams in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft out of Eastern Washington.

–Field Level Media

Dec 18, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams defensive end Michael Brockers (90) brings down New York Jets running back Frank Gore (21) after a short gain in the first quarter at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Rams DE Brockers joins WR Kupp on COVID-19 list

The Los Angeles Rams added another key player to the COVID-19/reserve list Thursday in advance of a key Week 17 home matchup with the Arizona Cardinals.

Defensive end Michael Brockers joined wide receiver Cooper Kupp on the list. While Kupp reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 and will not play Sunday, there is no indication if Brockers tested positive or was in close contact with somebody that did.

Brockers, whose reason for not practicing Wednesday was listed as “not injury related,” still could play Sunday if he was deemed to have a medium-risk close contact. He would not be able to play if he tested positive or had a high-risk contacted with somebody who was infected.

The Rams already will be without quarterback Jared Goff, who underwent surgery this week for a thumb injury that occurred during Sunday’s loss at Seattle. John Wolford, who has never taken a snap in an NFL game, will start against the Cardinals with a playoff spot on the line.

The Rams would advance to the playoffs with a victory over the Cardinals on Sunday or a Chicago Bears loss to the Green Bay Packers. The Cardinals need a victory to advance to the playoffs for the first time since 2015.

The loss of Brockers would be a blow to a Rams defense that leads the NFL with 286.5 yards allowed per game. The unit also is third in points allowed in the NFL at 19.3 per game.

Brockers, who has 51 tackles and five sacks this season, is a team captain along with Kupp.

–Field Level Media

Dec 6, 2020; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp (10) against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Rams place WR Kupp on COVID-19 list

In advance of a possible must-win Week 17 game in order to advance to the playoffs, the Los Angeles Rams placed top wide receiver Cooper Kupp on the COVID-19/reserve list and signed veteran quarterback Blake Bortles to serve as a backup.

The Rams could have secured a playoff spot with victories in either of their last two games, but lost both, including one to the previously winless New York Jets. Now they face the Arizona Cardinals at home Sunday, with the season possibly on the line.

Kupp has been an integral part of an offense that has struggled of late. He has a team-best 92 receptions for 974 yards and three touchdowns.

The team has not said if Kupp tested positive or was in close contact with somebody who did. He is in self-quarantine and could possibly play Sunday if it was a close-contact situation and he later tests negative for COVID-19, while not showing symptoms.

If Kupp does play, he will be catching passes from backup quarterback John Wolford, who has never taken a snap in a regular-season game. Wolford is replacing starter Jared Goff, who had thumb surgery this week and was ruled out of Sunday’s game.

Bortles was signed off the Denver Broncos practice squad but is expected to be the third-string option behind Wolford and Bryce Perkins.

After five seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Bortles spent last season with the Rams but saw action on just 11 snaps in three games with one 3-yard completion on two pass attempts.

The Rams will be without running back Darrell Henderson (ankle), who was placed on injured reserve, and could be without running back Cam Akers (ankle) as well after the rookie did not play in last week’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

The Rams can reach the playoffs with a victory over the Cardinals or a Chicago Bears loss to the Green Bay Packers.

–Field Level Media

December 21, 2019; Santa Clara, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp (18) before the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Rams’ Kupp inks 3-year extension worth reported $48M

The Los Angeles Rams signed wide receiver Cooper Kupp to a three-year extension worth a reported $48 million on Saturday.

The team announced the deal and NFL Network reported the financial details.

Kupp, 27, will begin his fourth season with the Rams on Sunday night when they host the Dallas Cowboys for the opening of SoFi Stadium.

The 2017 third-round pick set career highs across the board with 94 receptions for 1,161 yards and 10 touchdowns in 16 games (14 starts) in 2019. He has 196 catches for 2,596 yards and 21 scores in 39 career games (28 starts).

Kupp was entering the final season of his rookie contract and was set to make $2.13 million in base salary in 2020.

–Field Level Media