Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Brandin Cooks will not play in this Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to a report by Omar Ruiz of NFL.com
Cooks, 26, is in the NFL’s concussion protocol after suffering a head injury in the Rams’ Week 8 game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
He will travel to Pittsburgh, but not to face the Steelers. Instead, Cooks will be meeting with concussion specialists in Pittsburgh this week as he tries to work his back from the injury.
The star receiver has 27 catches on 45 targets for 402 yards and one touchdown in the Rams’ first eight games. His 14.9 yards per reception average leads all Rams with more than five catches.
Cooks is coming off a career-best season, when he set a new high with 1,205 receiving yards in the 2018 season. He signed a five-year, $81 million contract extension with Los Angeles before the 2018 season, making him one of the highest-paid receivers in the league.