Rams head coach Sean McVay said Monday that Zuerlien (groin) would be out "at least a few weeks," Rich Hammond of The Orange County Register reports. Zuerlein injured his groin during pregame warmups ahead of Sunday's victory over the Cardinals, forcing punter Johnny Hekker into an emergency placekicking role. Hekker hit his only try from 20 yards out, but he won't be tasked with kicking responsibilities any longer after the Rams signed Sam Ficken on Monday. Zuerlein, who was a Pro Bowler and first-team All-Pro selection last season, will avoid injured reserve for the time being and will presumably resume his regular kicking duties once his groin has fully healed.
Zuerlein (groin) is not expected to be placed on injured reserve at this point, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. The Rams could ultimately decide to place Zuerlein on injured reserve at some point if his health does not improve, but the early indication is that his setback is not a long-term injury. The Rams do have at least mild concern about Zuerlein's setback though, as the team is expected to re-sign fellow kicker Sam Ficken at some point this week.
Coach Sean McVay said he isn't sure how much time Zuerlein (groin) will miss, Rich Hammond of the Los Angeles Daily News reports. McVay suggested the Rams may sign another kicker, hinting that Zuerlein is in danger of missing at least one game. The team turned to punter Johnny Hekker for a chip-shot field goal and a PAT after Zuerlein suffered the groin injury during Sunday's 34-0 win over the Cardinals.
Zuerlein (groin) won't return to Sunday's game against the Cardinals, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com reports. In Zuerlein's absence, punter Johnny Hekker took over the team's kicking duties Sunday. Look for the Rams, as well as a couple of other NFL teams that dealt with kicker issues in Week 2, to look into free agents in the coming days. Available options include, Kai Forbath, Dan Bailey, Cairo Santos, Roberto Aguayo and former Raider Giorgio Tavecchio.
Zuerlein suffered a groin injury during Sunday's game against the Cardinals, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com reports. With Zuerlein hurting and questionable to return to the game, punter Johnny Hekker figures to be the team's emergency kicker.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/23||Los Angeles Chargers||20||8.00|
|7||10/22||@San Francisco 49ers||19||7.50|
|8||10/28||Green Bay Packers||16||7.00|
|9||11/04||@New Orleans Saints||27||9.00|
|11||11/20||Kansas City Chiefs||6||4.50|
|17||12/30||San Francisco 49ers||19||7.50|