Cooper Kupp on the COVID-19 reserve of Rams

If not available, rookie wide receiver Van Jefferson would play a bigger role.

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – The situation of the offensive of Los Angeles Rams is unstable ahead of the crucial Week 17 showdown against the Arizona Cardinals.

On Tuesday, Rams placed lead receiver Cooper Kupp on reserve / COVID-19 list. The team did not disclose whether it tested positive or whether close contact with someone who did was considered.

Kupp must stay on the list for 10 days if it tested positive or five if close contact is considered high-risk. If Kupp is not considered a high-risk contact, then there is no strict schedule attached to his return.

Depending on Kupp’s situation, he may be activated by the end of the regular season on Sunday.

Also Tuesday, the Rams officially signed quarterback Blake Bortless from the Los Angeles practice squad. Denver Broncos in a move that coach Sean McVay said he hoped after announcing Monday that the quarterback Jared Goff He will not play the Cardinals after undergoing thumb surgery.

The quarterback John Wolford he will have his first NFL start in Goff’s absence. Bortles, who is familiar with the Rams’ offense after serving as Goff’s backup last season, will be Wolford’s backup.

To secure a place in the playoffs, the Rams (9-6) must win against the Cardinals (8-7) at SoFi Stadium or the Chicago Bears must lose (8-7) at home to the Green Bay Packers (12-3).

Along with a quarterback who has never appeared in an NFL game and the uncertainty at the wide receiver position, the Rams will also be in short supply in the running game against the Cardinals.

The corridor Darrell Henderson Jr. was placed on injured reserve Tuesday because of a sprained ankle he suffered in a 20-9 loss to the Los Seattle Seahawks.

And the newbie Cam Akers He also deals with a sprained ankle he sustained in Week 15 that left him idle against the Seahawks. McVay said Monday that there is a possibility that Akers will be available on Sunday.

However, due to the typical 4-6 week recovery for most ankle sprains, the veteran runner will most likely Malcolm Brown get started and carry the bulk of the workload, with the newbies Xavier Jones and Raymond Calais as alternates.

Kupp leads the Rams with 974 receiving yards And it has been critical to his success on the third chance. If not available, rookie wide receiver Van Jefferson would play a bigger role. beside Robert Woods and Josh Reynolds.

Jefferson has caught 15 passes for 170 yards and a touchdown this season.

The Rams have won seven straight games against the Cardinals with McVay.

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