The Rams have made a change at kicker.
Though head coach Sean McVay said on Monday that there’s a chance All-Pro Greg Zuerlein could return from his groin injury this week, Los Angeles elected to waive Sam Ficken on Tuesday and sign Cairo Santos.
Originally an undrafted free agent out of Tulane, Santos played 51 games for the Chiefs from 2014-2017. In that time, Santos connected on 84.8 percent of his field goals and 96.2 of his extra points.
Santos, however, suffered a groin injury early in the season last year, and ended up being waived/injured in September. He signed with the Bears in November, kicking with them for two games. He hit one-of-two field goals — though the second came from over 50-yards out — and hit both extra points.
The Tulane product signed with the Jets in the 2018 offseason, but was cut during training camp. He recently tried out for the Browns in September, and had a successful tryout with L.A. on Tuesday.
Kai Forbath — who has spent time with Washington, New Orleans, and Minnesota — also tried out for the Rams on Tuesday.
Santos is expected to serve as Los Angeles’ kicker until Zuerlein is ready to return.
L.A. added two players to its practice squad on Tuesday: edge rusher Ja'Von Rolland-Jones and defensive back Linden Stephens.
Additionally, the Rams have waived outside linebacker Carlos Thompson — who was on injured reserve. And the club has cut defensive end Marcus Martin from the practice squad.