Los Angeles Rams wideout Brandin Cooks is making a second visit to a specialist in Pittsburgh and will miss at least one more game as he remains in concussion protocol, head coach Sean McVay said Wednesday.
“No setbacks, anything like that, it’s all moving in the right direction,” McVay told reporters of Cooks’ progress, saying the wideout “feels good.”
Cooks saw a specialist in Pittsburgh last week during the Rams’ bye, after sustaining his second concussion in less than four weeks on Oct. 27 against the Cincinnati Bengals in London. The 26-year-old had at least three previous concussions in the NFL before this season, then sustained one Oct. 3 in Seattle.
“The first visit was very beneficial, got a lot of good information that I think gives him a peace of mind, gives us a clear-cut idea of how do we want to continue to progress moving forward,” said McVay, who added there has not been a discussion about Cooks’ career being in doubt.
Cooks did not miss a game after his Oct. 3 concussion, as the Rams had 10 days to prepare for a Week 6 matchup with San Francisco. Sunday’s game — coincidentally at Pittsburgh against the Steelers — will mark the first game Cooks has missed since his rookie season of 2014.
In his sixth NFL season, Cooks has 27 receptions for 402 yards and one score through eight games.
He topped 1,000 yards while catching at least five touchdowns in each of the last four seasons with the Rams (2018), New England Patriots (2017) and New Orleans Saints, who drafted him in the first round in 2014.