With the first preseason game right around the corner, the Los Angeles Rams should just rest Cooper Kupp instead of having him participate.
The last couple of months have seen numerous key stories surrounding the Los Angeles Rams, and one that certainly ranks near the top of the list is Cooper Kupp‘s recovery process from the torn ACL suffered last season.
Back in 2017 when the Rams selected the former Eastern Washington star in the third round of the draft, the team seemed pretty confident that Kupp would turn out to be an absolute steal.
Two years later, this appears to be exactly the case for Los Angeles since Kupp has proven to be a reliable No. 3 wideout in the passing game for the Rams, and certainly makes life much easier for Jared Goff under center.
Unlike the updates with Todd Gurley dealing with whatever is going on with his knee, each update for Kupp this offseason and training camp always seems to be positive, making it seem like the wideout will be ready to go come Week 1.
As long as the Rams are smart, and don’t feel the need to overwork Kupp, there’s every reason to believe that playing in Week 1 will actually happen, assuming there are no setbacks.
But when it comes to the upcoming preseason games, Los Angeles should take the safe approach by simply resting Kupp instead of allowing him to see any sort of action on the field.
First off, it’s easy to make the case that Kupp should ease his way into becoming comfortable again playing in games, and preseason could help, but also would it really be worth the risk?
Overcoming a serious injury such as a torn ACL always brings some sort of risk when that player does return down the road, and it doesn’t matter how great Kupp has looked over the last couple of months, because it’s simply not worth it.
Just imagine how crushing it would be to see Kupp suffer another sort of injury in a meaningless preseason game after putting in all that work over the last couple of months to put himself in position to play in 2019.
Plus, when looking at how many starters ended up resting for Los Angeles last August to avoid this exact situation, the decision to not play Kupp seems like an easy one for the Rams.