There’s some big injury news ahead of this afternoon’s divisional round showdown between the Green Bay Packers and Los Angeles Rams.
Rams leading wide receiver Cooper Kupp is officially inactive due to a knee injury he suffered in last week’s wild-card win over the Seattle Seahawks.
Kupp has been Jared Goff’s top target this season with 92 receptions for 974 yards and three touchdowns.
If there was any doubt, expect Robert Woods to see a lot of Jaire Alexander today, which could mean the Rams need third wide receiver Josh Reynolds to step up and play well.
Clearly, this is bad news for the Rams in the biggest game of the season. Kupp has been such an important part of Sean McVay’s offense over the past couple of years and they will miss him against a talented Packers secondary.
The Rams will also be without starting guard David Edwards.
No Kingsley Keke for Packers
As expected, the Packers will be without defensive tackle Kingsley Keke, who had been listed as doubtful on the injury report this week.
The other inactives for Green Bay are quarterback Jordan Love, cornerbacks Ka’dar Hollman and Josh Jackson, tight end Jace Sternberger, and linebacker Jonathan Garvin.
Like every team, the Packers are dealing with injuries. But they’re healthier than they were to end the regular season which shows the first-round bye has helped.
Not having to play a wild-card game also helped. The Rams lost Kupp due to an injury he suffered last week, while star defensive tackle Aaron Donald could also be below 100 percent despite being active today.
Just over an hour away from kickoff, we’re set for an interesting NFC showdown between two talented teams. Can the Packers get back to where they finished last season in the NFC Championship Game?
We’ll soon have our answer.