A rollercoaster of positive and negative moments for Rams rookie receiver Puka Nacua on Sunday seemed to end on a low, as L.A.’s star weapon was helped off the field with what appeared to be a serious shoulder injury. It was later announced that Nacua actually suffered a ribs injury and is questionable to return.
Update: Puka has returned!
Puka Nacua back on the field for this drive. https://t.co/m9p8aGFrvn— Stu Jackson (@StuJRams) December 3, 2023
Rams Injury Update: WR Puka Nacua (ribs) questionable to return.— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) December 3, 2023
Nacua had just returned to the game after he was listed with cramping up prior to making a circus catch for a first down that ended in him landing hard on his shoulder and leaving the field in obvious pain.
Nacua crossed over the 1,000-yard mark for the season on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, becoming the first rookie in Rams franchise history to do so. He has 77 catches for 1,029 yards and four touchdowns on the year.
Rams rookie Puka Nacua is helped off of the field after coming down hard on his shoulder after making a catch. pic.twitter.com/EuBKETRdyo— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) December 3, 2023
Nacua scored the Rams first touchdown of the game, going 70 yards for the play, the longest of L.A.’s season. He also became only the third rookie in history with three games of 150+ yards in a season, joining Randy Moss and Ja’Marr Chase.
With that 70-yard TD catch, Puka Nacua hits 1,000 receiving yards on the season and becomes the first Rams rookie ever to reach the milestone.— Stu Jackson (@StuJRams) December 3, 2023
He is the 6th player since the 1970 merger to reach the mark within his first 12 games, and first since MIN's Justin Jefferson in 2020.