Los Angeles Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher confirmed that rookie WR Pharoh Cooper will miss “a few weeks” after injuring his shoulder during the team’s first preseason loss Saturday at Denver. His shoulder appeared to slam against the ground in the third quarter while coming down from a highlight-reel leaping catch on a pass from fellow rookie Jared Goff.
The 5’11” 208 pound Cooper appeared a lock to open up the season as one of the Rams’ top-3 options at wide receiver. The 21-year-old native of Havelock, North Carolina was selected by the Rams with the 117th overall pick (4th round) in April’s draft after three seasons at the University of South Carolina.
“We drafted him for a reason,” Fisher said, noting the impact the 4th round pick’s injury will have on his plans for the roster that will take the field at Levi’s Stadium September 12th as the Los Angeles for the first time since 1994.
In three preseason games, the rookie wideout has made two receptions for 30 yards, including a 19-yard touchdown from Goff last week against the Kansas City Chiefs.
He expects Cooper to “miss the opener, and we’ll just see how quickly he can come back from that.”
With rosters due to be trimmed from 90 to 75 by 1pm PT Tuesday and initial 53-man rosters due Saturday, Cooper’s injury is sure to have an impact on Fisher and the Rams’ roster decisions.
“We’ll have to make some decisions next weekend that kind of revolve around his status, if you will.”
If the Rams decide to carry an extra receiver while Cooper is on the mend, the team’s final preseason matchup (Thursday at Minnesota) will carry more intrigue as Fisher sorts through his options downfield, including undrafted rookies Duke Williams, Mike Thomas, and the hero from week 1 vs. Dallas, Nelson Spruce.