McVay said “the goal” is for Kupp to play in Week 12 against the Arizona Cardinals and that there is “a real possibility that it will be available.” McVay said Kupp was encouraged “by how he felt today” and the results of tests performed on his ankle.
“I know he will do everything in his power [to play]”McVay said. “…It’s not something where you’re saying it’s definitely going to be out this week, but you want to see the functionality.”
Meanwhile, the Rams will have the best running back Kyren Williams back against the Cardinals, McVay said. Williams, who has 456 yards and seven total touchdowns (six rushing) this season, has been on injured reserve with an ankle injury.
Kupp left the Rams’ victory over the Seattle Seahawks Sunday in the second quarter with an ankle injury. He was on the bench in the third quarter with his helmet on, but did not return to the field and was officially ruled out early in the fourth quarter.
Given Kupp’s history with ankle injuries, the Rams will be careful with him as they determine if he can play against Arizona, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Kupp finished the 2022 season on injured reserve after coming off a Week 10 loss with a sprained ankle that required surgery.
Kupp, who missed the first four games of the season with a hamstring injury, has 23 receptions for 364 yards and a touchdown in 2023.