Shark Bites

The Rams have released K Cairo Santos and will get K Greg Zuerlein back from his groin injury for Week 7. Zuerlein drilled 4 FGs and 3 XPs in his lone appearance this year after finishing 1st at his position in fantasy points in 2017. He's right back to being an elite fantasy option.

Rams HC Sean McVay conceded that WR Cooper Kupp will "most likely" miss Sunday's game vs. the 49ers with his sprained MCL. "And then dependent on how he responds it will just kind of be on a week-to-week basis," McVay added. It's worth noting that the Rams' bye isn't until Week 12. Josh Reynolds will step in as the #3 WR for however long Kupp is out.

Rams WR Cooper Kupp has been diagnosed with a sprained MCL, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. A source tells Schefty that Kupp "could miss some time, but not sure yet." We'll keep a close eye on him this week, but fantasy owners should be making backup plans. If Kupp can't play against the 49ers on Sunday, Josh Reynolds would step in as the Rams' #3 WR and be a low-end fantasy option.

5:10pm EDT 10/14/18

Rams WR Cooper Kupp was carted off the field with a left leg injury in the 2nd quarter of Sunday's game against the Broncos. We'll pass along an update when we get one, but this obviously has the looks of a serious injury. Kupp's absence elevates WR Josh Reynolds into a top 3 role.

UPDATE: Kupp, somewhat miraculously, returned for the 2nd half.

Rams WRs Brandin Cooks and Cooper Kupp are active for today’s game against the Broncos after sustaining concussions last week.Both guys should play their usual roles today and are strong fantasy options.

The forecast for today's Rams-Broncos game calls for 1-3 inches of snow and temperatures in the 20s. It sounds like much of the snow will come before kickoff, though, and winds will be just 5-10 mph. We're not altering our projections for this game.

Rams WRs Brandin Cooks and Cooper Kupp have cleared the concussion protocol and will play vs. the Broncos on Sunday, the team announced. Both guys are WR2s with upside against a struggling defense.

Rams WRs Brandin Cooks and Cooper Kupp put in full practices on Friday. HC Sean McVay said that both guys are expected to receive full clearance from their concussions on Saturday. We'll continue to monitor this situation, but Cooks and Kupp can both be penciled into fantasy lineups for now against a struggling Broncos pass defense.

Rams HC Sean McVay said Thursday that WRs Brandin Cooks and Cooper Kupp have been cleared for individual drills. The team is hoping they'll progress to full practices on Friday. “Things are looking good," McVay said. Concussions are unpredictable, but both guys certainly have a shot to be ready for this weekend's game against the Broncos. Check back tomorrow for another update.

Rams WRs Brandin Cooks and Cooper Kupp took part in Wednesday's walkthrough, according to insider Rich Hammond. Both guys remain in the concussion protocol, but HC Sean McVay said he "feels good" about their chances of being cleared in time for Sunday's game against the Broncos. We'll get another update on their progress tomorrow.

Rams HC Sean McVay said Monday that he's "hopeful" that WRs Brandin Cooks and Cooper Kupp will be cleared from their concussions for this weekend's game against the Broncos. “They felt good today. They didn’t have any symptoms or things like that,” McVay said. “We’ll go through the standard operating procedure, and if everything checks out — with our guys and with the doctors that are part of that process — then we’re hopeful to get those guys this week, get them back for this game this week.” We'll keep an eye on Cooks and Kupp's progress this week. Josh Reynolds and KhaDarel Hodge are next in line if either or both of those guys can't play on Sunday.

6:10pm EDT 10/7/18

Rams WR Cooper Kupp was knocked out of Sunday's game against the Seahawks in the 3rd quarter with a concussion. That was shortly after WR Brandin Cooks was concussed. The Rams are now down to WRs Robert Woods, Josh Reynolds and KhaDarel Hodge.

Rams WR Brandin Cooks sustained a concussion on a big hit near the end of the 1st half of Sunday's game against the Seahawks. It's the 3rd documented concussion of his career. We'll track Cooks' progress through the protocol. WR Josh Reynolds has stepped into Cooks' role in the offense.

Rams LB Mark Barron (Achilles') is active for today's game against the Seahawks. He's set to start in his season debut after missing the 1st 4 games -- and all summer. If you've waited, he's available. But we'd prefer to wait a week before using him in an IDP lineup.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Rams LB Mark Barron is expected to start today against the Seahawks. Barron missed the 1st 4 games while dealing with an Achilles' injury. Rams DC Wade Phillips said early in the week that he expects to watch Barron through the game to determine how many snaps he can handle. IDP owners would probably be best off waiting to use Barron in lineups.

Rams LB Mark Barron is questionable for Sunday's game against the Seahawks. Rams coaches reportedly remain hopeful that he'll make his regular-season debut. HC Sean McVay said early in the week that Barron would return to starter status. DC Wade Phillips cautioned Friday that they'll need to watch Barron during the game to see how much of a workload he can handle in his 1st action, according to Rams Wire. You'd be best off keeping Barron out of your Week 5 IDP lineup while we see how ready he is.

Rams CB Marcus Peters (calf strain) is active for tonight's game against the Vikings. Using him in IDP lineups remains risky, though. We wouldn't recommend it.

Reports this week have pointed to a 2-to-4-week recovery timeline for Rams CB Marcus Peters from the calf strain he suffered Sunday. He's officially questionable for Thursday night's game against the Vikings, though, suggesting he might not miss any more time. We still would try to plan on a different DB for IDP lineups. But if you're hoping to use Peters, we'll see about his status Thursday evening.

Rams HC Sean McVay said during his press conference Tuesday that CB Aqib Talib will have surgery on his left ankle Thursday. McVay said they don't yet know how long Talib will be out and that doctors will determine the recovery timeline after surgery. Talib was initially diagnosed with a high-ankle sprain. His absence doesn't affect IDP owners but will be worth watching for any potential affect on the Rams' team defense and opposing WRs.

Rams CB Aqib Talib will miss at least a month after suffering a high-ankle sprain in Sunday's win over the Chargers, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. That doesn't impact IDP lineups, but it takes a good starting corner out of the Rams' defense for a while. Combine that with CB Marcus Peters' calf strain and the quick turnaround to play the Vikings this Thursday night, and the L.A. defense faces a decent challenge. That'll be good news for Kirk Cousins owners. We're not downgrading the Rams' team D for fantasy purposes on this news, though.

 
 
 

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