Cooper Kupp Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Cooper Kupp took a big step toward his return to the field. The Los Angeles Rams announced that their star wide receiver, who won the NFL’s Triple Crown for receivers in 2021, is designated for his return to practice.

“LA Rams Transactions: Designated for Return, Returned to Practice: WR Cooper Kupp, LB Ochaun Mathis,” the Rams announced.

Kupp missed the first four weeks of the 2023 NFL season after the Rams placed him on Injured Reserve. The former third-round pick was suffering from a hamstring injury throughout the summer. He wasn’t ready to go when the opening bell rang this season. And now the door is open for him to return to the lineup.

This could be a consequential move for the Rams and the NFC West. The Rams are 2-2 on the season, and while they sit in third place, they have looked sharp. Puka Nacua has emerged from obscurity, leading the NFL in receptions (39). Matthew Stafford looks energized again, but the offense could still use a boost. They rank 13th in the league in points per game and 11th in Offensive DVOA. So Kupp’s presence could ascend them to the Top 10 in both categories and help them compete with the Seattle Seahawks, whom they own a victory over this season, and the San Francisco 49ers, who they lost to in Week 2.

The NFL world had plenty to say about Cooper Kupp and his return to practice.

[LA Rams]

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