Per ESPN’s Los Angeles Rams blogger Lindsey Thiry, Rams Head Coach Sean McVay said today that WR Brandin Cooks will see a specialist after suffering a concussion on Sunday in the Rams’ Week 8 win over the Cincinnati Bengals making it Cooks’ fourth concussion in two years:
Sean McVay, on a conference call with reporters, says that Brandin Cooks is on his way to see a specialist. Cooks was placed into concussion protocol for the second time in a month, but McVay says he's quickly asymptomatic. They want to find out what's going on with him.— Lindsey Thiry (@LindseyThiry) October 29, 2019
Cooks also suffered a concussion in Week 5 against the Seattle Seahawks.
It’s fair to say that fans should be worried about his health at this point. Similarly to when the Rams signed WR Wes Welker in 2015, we’re talking about a human being whose brain now has undergone significant trauma. While it’s good to hear that he’s asymptomatic, concern has to be raised about his long-term well-being. Seeing a specialist is a sign that the Rams are expressing that concern themselves.
The Rams signed Cooks to a five-year extension last July that makes him a Ram through the 2023 season just three months after sending the 23rd overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft to the New England Patriots to secure his services.
The Rams have a bye in Week 9 and take on the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 10; the initial injury report for that game, the next time the Rams would be required to disclose an injury update, is due Wednesday, November 6.