No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff’s NFL game debut was shorter than anticipated.
As expected, Goff replaced Rams starting quarterback Case Keenum after three series Saturday night and threw an interception on his second pass in the second quarter. He took a big hit on the interception and played one more series after that but was removed at halftime due to a sore left (non-throwing) shoulder.
Rams Coach Jeff Fisher said Goff’s shoulder got stiff and the team decided not to let him play in the second half.
“He’ll be fine,” Fisher said.
Goff’s second drive covered 41 yards in 10 plays but ended in a punt. Fisher said the team planned to let Goff play at least two series in the second half before he took the hit.
Goff finished 4-of-9 for 38 yards and the interception. The Rams rallied from 24-7 down behind third-stringer Sean Mannion to win the game, 28-24, over the Cowboys.