Greg Zuerlein

Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein avoids injury designation, will likely play in Super Bowl

Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein avoids injury designation, will likely play in Super Bowl

The Rams are in the Super Bowl, thanks in no small part to the booming leg of their kicker, Greg Zuerlein, who nailed a 57-yarder in overtime to send the team to Atlanta. 

However, Zuerlein missed every practice this week due to a strained left foot and donned a walking boot after the NFC Championship Game in New Orleans. Fortunately for Zuerlein, he kicks with his right foot, so the injury seemed to be more of a setback than a serious threat to his availability. 

Zuerlein was listed as a non-participant on Friday, but has avoided an injury designation, and seems prepared to play. 

Belichick raved earlier this week about Zuerlein and his fellow special teamer, punter Johnny Hekker, in an unsurprising show of admiration for the stage of the game that Belichick clearly appreciates.

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"As I said, they’re all weapons. Zuerlein’s a weapon, Hekker’s a weapon", said Belichick of the Rams' kicking duo. 

Zuerlein's availability for Super Bowl 53 seemed to never be in doubt within the Rams organization, but his lack of injury designation all but confirms that he'll be ready to go, barring an unforeseen setback. 

Zuerlein made 27 field goals in 11 games in the regular season and showed off his range on the final play of the NFC Championship Game. 

After running back Todd Gurley told reporters, again, that his knee was completely healthy, the Rams appear to have all their weapons at their disposal for what should be an epic showdown with the Patriots. 

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