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Rams Place Greg Zuerlein on IR, Sign Ficken

Posted Dec 20, 2017

The Rams have placed K Greg Zuerlein on injured reserve. Zuerlein suffered a back injury and will be out for the rest of the season.

Some significant injury news for Los Angeles — the team has placed kicker Greg Zuerlein on injured reserve with a back injury.

Head coach Sean McVay mentioned in his Wednesday press conference that Zuerlein did not practice with a back injury. That injury will apparently keep him out for the rest of the season.

Zuerlein was having a historic 2017 prior to suffering the injury, and was selected to his first Pro Bowl on Tuesday. He was leading the league with 38 made field goals and 44 made extra points, and on pace to challenge not only the franchise scoring record, but also the NFL’s kicker scoring record.

Originally selected in the sixth round of the 2012 draft, Zuerlein has been the Rams kicker ever since. He has a career 82.9 field goal percentage, which has gone up significantly this year as he’s made 95 percent of his attempts.

Nicknamed “Greg the Leg,” Zuerlein has hit field goals of 60 and 61 yards in his career. He’s made 6-of-7 field goals from at least 50 yards in 2017.

The injury is a significant blow for the Rams, as they have relied on Zuerlein to complete scoring drives all year. Quarterback Jared Goff has often spoken of how when the offense reaches opponent territory, the unit knows it has points because of how good Zuerlein has been.

As a corresponding roster move, Los Angeles has signed kicker Sam Ficken. A Penn State product, Ficken has not attempted a field goal in the NFL. He has spent time with the Jaguars and Chiefs since going undrafted in 2015. But at Penn State, Ficken nailed 97.3 percent of his extra points and was 24-of-29 on field-goal attempts in his senior year of 2014.