It was a concerning scene during the fourth quarter of Thursday night’s NFL game between the Los Angeles Rams and Seattle Seahawks. After making an impressive catch with a defender draped on him, Rams wideout Brandin Cooks landed on his shoulder/head and didn’t move much in the moments after.
Immediately after the play, there was an obvious concern from players around Cooks. The team’s trainers rushed onto the field while teammates appeared to try helping Cooks get up. Following a break in the action, it was an overall positive scene as the receiver had left the field and was heading back to the locker room.
As Cooks went to the locker room, he was seen walking under his own power with trainers. We’ll update the latest on Cooks’ status as it’s revealed, along with the outlook if he’s forced to miss time.
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Brandin Cooks Injury Update
There did appear to be some potentially positive news after the play. Although the play looked incredibly concerning, the Rams revealed that Cooks was being evaluated for a concussion.
While the initial video and the scene live looked bad, there’s still an obvious reason for concern and the diagnosis for Cooks has not yet been confirmed. The catch was the first of the night for the 26-year-old wideout, who also added a 27-yard run and saw three targets come his way.
Brandin Cooks Injury: Fantasy Football Impact
Cooks has put together an impressive 2019 season thus far, tallying 19 receptions for 296 yards and one touchdown. Those numbers still trail two fellow Rams wideouts, who have shown a superb rapport with quarterback Jared Goff. Cooper Kupp leads the team in multiple receiving categories, with 32 catches for 388 yards and three touchdowns prior to Week 5.
Behind Kupp is Robert Wood with 26 receptions for 307 yards, although he’s failed to find the end zone this season. Both Kupp (46) and Wood (38) have seen more targets this season than Cooks (31).
Although next in line for an expanded role at wide receiver would likely be Josh Reynolds, who stepped in and caught 29 passes for 402 yards and five touchdowns in 2018, he’s seen little action this year. Through the first four games, Reynolds has totaled just one catch for 22 yards.
With Reynolds potentially the next receiver to step in and fill the void if Cooks is forced to miss time, two of the biggest names to monitor could be tight ends Gerald Everett and Tyler Higbee. Both players impressed on Thursday night, as Everett caught 7-of-11 targets for 136 yards while Higbee hauled in all three of his targets for 47 yards.
It’s going to be a wait-and-see approach with Cooks’ health, but if you’re in a fantasy football league which features first-come, first-serve waivers, then adding Reynolds quickly makes sense. I wouldn’t recommend picking him up if it meant dropping a receiver or another position player who will see legitimate playing time, but Reynolds is a fine option to grab and stash until there’s more news on Cooks.
As far as leagues with waivers which run once per week, you’ll be able to wait and find out what his status is and make a final decision from there.