Zuerlein (foot) knocked down one of his two field-goal attempts Sunday in the Rams' 13-3 loss to the Patriots in Super Bowl LIII. Zuerlein's misfire came from 48 yards out with five seconds remaining, when the game was essentially already decided. It won't diminish what was another outstanding regular season and postseason for the 31-year-old, whose 53-yarder in the third quarter was the second-longest in Super Bowl history. The Rams earned their spot in the big game in the first place thanks to Zuerlein's game-winning 57-yard conversion in overtime against the Saints in the NFC Championship Game.
Zuerlein (foot) doesn't have an injury designation for the Super Bowl, Ryan Hannable of WEEI.com reports. The Rams have scaled back their kicker's reps during practice, but there was never any real doubt about his availability for Sunday. Zuerlein played through the injury in his plant foot during the NFC Championship Game, converting field goals from 48 and 57 yards to tie and then win the game.
Zuerlein (foot) was listed as limited on Thursday's practice report, Rich Hammond of the Los Angeles Daily News reports. It's unknown how rigorous the session was, but Friday will mark Zuerlein's biggest test to date with his strained left plant foot. As he's noted, he'll fit in his most kicking reps in advance of Super Bowl LIII at Friday's session, so his listing on the Rams' final injury report will be telling for his availability.
Zuerlein (foot) was listed as limited on Wednesday's estimated injury report, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com reports. After logging no practice reps last week, Zuerlein has made some progress with his sprained left foot, albeit during a walk-through Wednesday. Prior to the session, coach Sean McVay noted Zuerlein will be available for the Super Bowl LIII matchup with the Patriots, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL.com. That said, it remains to be seen if Zuerlein will be cleared by week's end or when the Rams release their list of inactives at approximately 5 p.m. EST on Sunday.
Coach Sean McVay reiterated Wednesday that Zuerlein (foot) will be ready for the Super Bowl matchup with New England, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports. McVay noted the Rams will be smart about Zuerlein's workload in practice, hoping to avoid any aggravation of the injury to the kicker's plant foot. Zuerlein had no problem playing through the issue in the NFC Championship Game, with his 48-yard field goal sending the contest to overtime before his 57-yarder then ended the Saints' season.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/15||New Orleans Saints||1||5.72|
|4||09/29||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||22||7.38|
|6||10/13||San Francisco 49ers||23||7.44|
|16||12/22||@San Francisco 49ers||23||7.44|