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ut for the season after tearing a ligament in his left knee Greg Gaines Jersey nfl draft , depriving the Rams' offense of a major contributor heading into a showdown with Kansas City.Coach Sean McVay on Monday confirmed the ACL injury for Kupp, who led the Rams in yards receiving last season. Kupp is likely to have surgery this week."It's a huge loss for our football team," McVay said. "He's such an important part of what we do, and a great football player, great person. It's tough, but fortunately we've got guys that are ready to step up."Kupp has 40 catches for 566 yards and six touchdowns this season, providing reliable hands in the slot and a knack for big catches. The former third-round pick from Eastern Washington has been a key contributor to McVay's high-octane passing offense in both of his NFL seasons.His absence will be felt right away by the Rams (9-1), who will be without one of Jared Goff's most familiar targets when they face the Chiefs (9-1) in Mexico City next Monday night in one of the biggest games of the NFL's regular season."He's been a valuable piece of our team, and a guy we'll miss," Goff said. "He's a tough guy (with) a tough family, and I know he'll come out stronger through it all."Kupp was hurt on a play with minimal contact Sunday in in the fourth quarter of the Rams' 36-31 victory over the Seattle Seahawks. An MRI exam confirmed a torn ligament for Kupp, who already missed two games last month with a sprained left knee after going down awkwardly on a horse-collar tackle by Darian Stewart in Denver.McVay is optimistic about the Rams' ability to fill Kupp's role with a mix of receivers.Robert Woods, who leads the Rams with 55 catches, is likely to play more frequently in the slot. Fellow starter Brandin Cooks, who leads LA with 857 yards receiving, is likely to get more balls thrown his way after catching a season-high 10 passes against the Seahawks.And second-year backup Josh Reynolds is certain to get more playing time, particularly against the Chiefs."Josh Reynolds has definitely demonstrated he's more than capable," McVay said. "He is a starting-caliber player Cheap Greg Gaines Jersey , and that's what we'll do moving forward."Reynolds has just seven catches this season and just 18 receptions in his 26 career games, but the former Texas A&M star has earned the Los Angeles offense's trust while filling in for Kupp earlier this season. At 6-foot-3, he also provides a different size matchup on the outside compared to the smaller Cooks and Woods."I was sorry to hear about (Kupp) like everybody else," Reynolds said. "I'm just doing my best to fill in there."The Rams also could get receiver Pharoh Cooper back in their lineup soon. Last season's Pro Bowl kick returner has been sidelined since the season opener with an ankle injury, but McVay indicated the Rams are likely to make a decision this week on activating Cooper from injured reserve."He would physically be able to play right now," McVay said. "In terms of if we decide to activate him back, those are a couple things that we have to talk through."The Rams have been largely healthy this season, with a few glaring exceptions. Along with Kupp's struggles and Cooper's season-long absence, Los Angeles has been without cornerback Aqib Talib for the past seven games due to an ankle injury that required surgery.Talib said Monday that he still hopes to return when the Rams face Detroit on Dec. 2 in their first game back from their bye week.Talib also praised his replacements in the secondary and had encouraging words for fellow starter Marcus Peters, who criticized himself after last week's loss to New Orleans."That's just part of playing DB," Talib said. "I only know one DB who was like perfect all the time, and that's Prime (Deion Sanders). You're going to go through those stretches, but that's why we've got short memories. That's why we play the toughest position on the field." THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Todd Gurley is a serious sports fan who loves going to the Super Bowl each winter, attending all of the decadent parties and soaking up the game-day atmosphere.The Los Angeles Rams‘ superstar running back will miss out on most of those wild parties this year in Atlanta, but he doesn’t mind too much.“I’m used to going to the Super Bowl, being with my boys, hanging out Custom Greg Gaines Jersey ,” Gurley said. “But we actually get a chance to play in it this year, so it’s cool, man. It’s a great feeling. We’re all happy. I’m happy. It’s no better feeling than how we’re feeling right now.”The Rams (15-3) want Gurley to be more than a spectator against the New England Patriots, and they’ll probably need much more from the 2017 Offensive Player of the Year than he was able to provide in his unusually quiet NFC championship game.Gurley is not a boastful person in most public settings, but he is confident in his ability to finish the season with a bang. He also insists he doesn’t mind if C.J. Anderson or somebody else does his job, as long as the Rams are all getting rings.“We’re all going to have our downs, but you enjoy it even more when you do something great, or you have that success,” Gurley said. “I know who I am. I’m comfortable with myself. I’m the best. I’m the best at my position. I’ve been that way all my whole life, so it’s like I’m going to keep striving. I know what I can do.”Nobody saw it in New Orleans, where Gurley made almost no impact on the Rams’ 26-23 overtime victory. The highest-paid running back in NFL history touched the ball only five times, albeit scoring a TD on one of those touches, rushing just four times and failing to catch two of the three passes intended for him.He was mostly a spectator down the stretch while watching Anderson, the veteran running back acquired by Los Angeles to fill in while Gurley missed the final two games of the regular season with a knee injury.Unlike some elite running backs, Gurley has repeatedly said he doesn’t care how many touches he gets as long as the Rams are winning. He appears to have a harmonious vibe with Anderson, who predicts a bounce-back performance by Gurley in the Super Bowl.He also still remembers the Rams’ miserable 4-12 season in 2016, when his ability was widely questioned. Being one part of a winning team is infinitely more appealing than being a star on a loser.“This whole game is bigger than me,” Gurley said. “It’s not just about me. Why is Todd not getting the ball? Why is that? Because there’s only one football and there’s 11 guys.”Still Greg Gaines Los Angeles Rams Jerseys , Gurley is a major reason why the Rams were in position to reach the Super Bowl in the first place, thanks to his latest outstanding regular season. He finished third in the league with 1,251 yards rushing and racked up an NFL-best 21 touchdowns, excelling as a runner and a receiver for the second straight year in Sean McVay’s offense.But Gurley’s up-and-down form and usage since early December has been surprising and potentially troublesome for the Rams.Although he was effective as a receiver, Gurley managed just 76 combined yards rushing in his final two regular-season games in early December before sitting out the Rams’ last two games. He returned with a 115-yard rushing game against Dallas in the divisional playoff round, but Anderson put up 123 yards — and then Gurley barely factored in the Rams’ game plan in New Orleans.McVay has attempted to take the blame for this series of quiet performances by his franchise running back.“Any time that you have a player like Todd Gurley on your team, I’ve got to do a better job of getting him involved and getting him into the flow of the game,” McVay said this week, lamenting Gurley’s lack of touches against the Saints. “That’s something that I have to be accountable for.”But if McVay goes to Anderson early and often again in Atlanta, Gurley insists he won’t mind watching another Super Bowl.“You live for moments like that,” Gurley said. “But like I said, you live, you learn. I don’t give a damn what I do (in the game), honestly. I just want to win, so I don’t really care. You always want to do good, but you just want to win.”

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