pleasantESPN staff writerSeptember 6, 2023 at 04:36 PM ET3 minutes to read

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Thousand Oaks, Calif. — Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Cobb will not play Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks as he continues to deal with a hamstring injury, head coach Sean McVay said Wednesday.

Cobb first injured his hamstring on Aug. 1 during training at training camp and had a setback this past week.

“It deals with some soft tissues,” McVay said. “(We’re) just trying to get him to feel back to normal. And when that happens, we’ll get him back. But in the meantime, he won’t play with us.”

“I know he wants to be there so badly and we want him to be there, but we don’t want to rush anything.”

McVay did not rule out putting Cope on injured reserve before Saturday, which means he will miss at least the first four games of the season.

“I was hoping he could leave, but I have a lot of faith in the players,” McVay said. “It’s something we may have thought was going to be the case for some time, so it’s nothing new for us.”

McVay said Cobb’s journey with his hamstring injury did not follow “standard protocol when a soft tissue injury is aggravated.”

“(We’re) trying to continue to understand exactly what he is so he can go back to feeling like the Cooper we know and love,” McVay said. “We hope to do that.”

McVay also ruled out rookie quarterback Stetson Bennett, who is suffering from a shoulder injury. McVay said quarterback Brett Rybien will back up quarterback Matthew Stafford for Week 1.

Cobb caught 75 catches for 812 yards and six touchdowns in nine games before an ankle injury ended his season. The previous year, Cobb won the NFL’s triple crown of receiving, leading the league in catches (145), receiving yards (1,947) and touchdowns (16).

“It was a really unique situation, to say the least,” McVay said. “But in terms of exactly how you want him to handle the things he can control, I think he’s done a great job. He’s stayed engaged, and he’s driving the way he can now, even though he can’t be.” “There he is with his teammates. So, I was really happy and proud of that and I hope he can come back with us sooner rather than later.”

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