Rams WR Puka Nacua feeling good after leaving game with rib, shoulder injuries – Orange County Register

INGLEWOOD — Rams receiver Puka Nacua gave his teammates and fans a scare in the second quarter of Sunday’s 36-19 win over the Cleveland Browns when he left the game with shoulder and rib injuries.

Head coach Sean McVay even joked that he thought Nacua was dead for a moment, which apparently wasn’t all that far from the truth.

“A little bit,” Nacua said when asked if he felt dead. “I wasn’t breathing and my shoulder didn’t feel like it was in the right place, but I was good though.”

Nacua suffered the injuries after landing on his right shoulder on a jump catch in the second quarter. He looked to be in severe pain as he cradled his arm, tears coming down his cheeks, as he headed to the locker room.

The Rams training staff did some scans and tested his mobility and strength, and ultimately cleared him to return to the game. He did not add to his first-half totals of four receptions for 105 yards and a touchdown, but did rush once for a gain of 31 on a jet sweep.

Nacua has dealt with a litany of injuries this year, sometimes impacting his ability to practice but he has yet to miss a game in his rookie season as he became the first receiver in his class to reach 1,000 yards on the season on Sunday.

And he did not appear to expect Sunday’s injuries to impact his availability moving forward as the Rams prepare to play the Ravens next week.

When asked how he felt after the game, Nacua wryly said, “Like we just played a football game. But a football game that we won, so I feel good.”