We're just minutes in to NFL Sunday, and already have one scary moment from the Los Angeles Rams-Cincinnati Bengals game. Wide receiver Brandin Cooks took a big shot from Bengals' safety Jessie Bates, and is out as he's being evaluated for a concussion.
As Cooks came down with a pass from Jared Goff, he put his dead down a bit, and went helmet-to-helmet with Bates. He wound up dropping the pass.
Cooks left the game, and is currently being evaluated, per reports. From The Cincinnati Enquirer's Pat Brennan:
Dr. David Chao, who goes by @ProFootballDoc on Twitter, says that Cooks' reaction to the play is consistent with a concussion. Obviously, we won't know for sure until he's been fully evaluated.
Chao posted video of the play as well:
Concussions have been a pretty regular concern for Brandin Cooks throughout his NFL career. In 2015, he was listed on the New Orleans Saints' injury report with one ahead of a December game, but did not miss time.
Cooks suffered a particularly scary concussion in the 2018 Super Bowl, as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles as member of the New England Patriots. He did not return to that game. A few months later, the team traded him to the Rams.
We'll have more on his status for today's game as we hear it. Cooks' Rams lead the Bengals 3-0 early on.
Rams WR Brandin Cooks is questionable to return (concussion eval).
— Pat Brennan (@PBrennanENQ) October 27, 2019