Rams WR Cooper Kupp carted off after horse-collar tackle, but returns after halftime

Los Angeles Rams receiver Cooper Kupp looked like he might be done for multiple weeks, maybe even the season, after a nasty hit against the Denver Broncos.

He was back for the start of the second half.

Kupp, a key part of the Rams’ passing game, was carted off in the second quarter Sunday. The injury came on a horse-collar tackle by safety Darian Stewart, for which he was penalized 15 yards.

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Kupp’s left leg got pinned underneath him awkwardly as he was dragged down on the sideline. It didn’t look good, and he was carted off shortly afterward. The Rams announced he had a knee injury, and everyone feared the worst.

Then everyone was shocked to see him on the field, moving around well, for the start of the second half.

Rams wideout Cooper Kupp was carted off the field after suffering a leg injury against the Broncos. He later returned to the sideline. (Getty Images)
Rams wideout Cooper Kupp was carted off the field after suffering a leg injury against the Broncos. He later returned to the sideline. (Getty Images)

Cooper Kupp is a huge part of the Rams’ offense

Kupp has been one of the NFL’s top playmaking receivers since entering the league last season. He had a fine rookie year and had five touchdowns and 438 yards through five games this season.

The Rams’ offense is good for many reasons, such as the maturation of quarterback Jared Goff, a great offensive line and Todd Gurley’s brilliance. But a big reason for their success is having three great receivers with Kupp, Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods. Thankfully for the Rams, it appeared that Kupp avoided a major injury.

Darian Stewart’s tackle got a 15-yard penalty

The tackle itself will come under fire. Stewart argued with officials when the flag came, presumably pleading that he pulled Kupp down by the shoulder and not the jersey, which is a foul. He was given a 15-yard penalty and the NFL will look into whether he will be punished further this week.

At least the tackle didn’t result in a major injury. It’s rare to see someone get carted off and return less than a quarter later. But Aaron Rodgers did it in Week 1, and Kupp pulled it off on Sunday.

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