Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay confirmed on Friday that star receiver Cooper Kupp will play against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.
The Athletic initially reported the expectation that Kupp would play on Friday morning.
“It feels great, I’ve been waiting for this for a long time,” said Kupp after Friday’s practice, in his first interview since the Rams placed him on injured reserve at the start of the season. “Really excited to be back playing football again.”
The hope and expectation, said Kupp, is that the extra recovery time while on injured reserve will prevent future issues or a need to manage an injury.
“The way we went into this was to plan on not having this be something we have to deal with,” said Kupp. “That was, I think, part of the plan. Going in and having me go on IR (meant) being able to give me that time to make sure this wasn’t something that we were gonna have to deal with.” Kupp continued, “But (having to manage it) is certainly not the expectation I have.”
McVay said that he so far does not expect any specific limitations to Kupp’s game workload on Sunday, but added, “I think we’ll see how it goes. I think what you do know is (that) once he gets going, you want to be smart about it. I also know that once a game gets going, you’re kind of in that moment. … It’ll be something that we’ll want to be careful about, but I think there will be a lot of that communication in terms of how he’s feeling as well because he has such a good ability to do that with myself and the rest of our coaches.”
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