Rams lose Pro Bowl kicker Greg Zuerlein for the rest of the season
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Rams put kicker Greg Zuerlein on injured reserve with back injury

Greg Zuerlein

The NFL’s injury bug has now extended to one of the league’s best kickers. Los Angeles Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein was placed on season-ending injured reserve by the team on Wednesday afternoon due to a back injury, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported.

The Rams have one of the deadliest offenses in the NFL, and part of their success on that side of the ball is Zuerlein. The 29-year-old kicker has been money this season. Zuerlein is tops in the NFL in field goals made with 38. He has made all field goals attempts from 20-29 yards out, and more impressively, he is 12-for-12 from 40-49 yards away from the end zone. One of his  two misses came from beyond 60 yards.

The Rams now have to settle for Penn State product Sam Ficken, who has a very big pair of cleats to fill. Ficken played for the Nittany Lions from 2011 to 2014, finishing his college career with a 72.0 field goal percentage by making 54-of-75 attempts. Ficken also connected on 109 of his 112 extra-point kick attempts for Penn State.

Ficken has not played in an NFL regular season game, but he did suit up for the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Kansas City Chiefs in the preseason. The earliest he could see action for the Rams is this Sunday’s matchup against the Tennessee Titans on the road.