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Rams WR Cooper Kupp ‘felt great’ getting hit in practice

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp was knocked out halfway through this past season due to a torn ACL, but he is on the mend and is ready to return to action this year.

Kupp has already taken some hits in practice, and he says everything has gone just fine:

“A guy gives you a pop, you roll up, hit the ground and pop back up,” said Kupp, according to Jim Alexander of The Los Angeles Daily News. “Honestly, I didn’t really realize I’d gone down. And it’s like, ‘Oh, yeah, my first time really being hit and being on the ground.’ But it felt great. You get that first one out of the way, and you’re good.”

The 26-year-old was on his way to having a terrific 2018 campaign before the injury, as he had hauled in 40 receptions for 566 yards and six touchdowns. Obviously, it was very difficult for Kupp to watch his teammates play on without him;

“You want to contribute,” he said. “You want to be a part of things to help your guys, help this team produce, help this team put up Ws. At the same time you get to watch your guys out there and have the time of their lives and compete. Guys stepped up, won some big games, made a push obviously to get to the Super Bowl. That part of it was fun, to watch those guys compete and just learn from them.”

The good news is that Kupp seems to be healthy and is prepared to help the Rams get back to another Super Bowl.

Kupp, who played his collegiate football at Eastern Washington, was originally selected by Los Angeles in the third round (69th pick overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft. He caught 62 passes for 869 yards and five scores during his rookie year.