Rams to place WR Cooper Kupp on injured reserve

Ahead of the season opener, the Rams made the difficult decision to put wide receiver Cooper Kupp on the injured reserve with his hamstring pull, a source confirmed Saturday.

By placing Kupp on the IR on Saturday, he will be eligible to return to game action after the fourth game of the season.

Kupp injured his hamstring in the first week of training camp, but was able to return after missing a couple of weeks of practices. However, one week later, he re-aggravated the injury and flew to Minnesota to meet with a specialist to examine the injury.

Per head coach Sean McVay, that visit did not reveal anything more extensive than a hamstring pull despite it not behaving like a typical soft tissue injury. Still, the Rams ruled Kupp out of the opener while holding out hope he wouldn’t have to go on IR.

Now McVay will miss at least the first four games of the season, putting Van Jefferson, Tutu Atwell and Puka Nacua into the spotlight to open the year.

The Rams later announced that tight end Hunter Long (thigh) will also go on injured reserve, though quarterback Stetson Bennett IV (shoulder) avoided that fate.

The team activated kicker Brett Maher and quarterback Brett Rypien from the practice squad to fill the spots in the roster, and announced the signing of free-agent linebacker Troy Reeder to provide more depth.

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