Super Bowl LIII team news: Los Angeles Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein struggling with foot injury ahead of New England Patriots clash

The LA Rams' outstanding kicker Greg Zuerlein
The LA Rams' outstanding kicker Greg Zuerlein

The Los Angeles Rams have a big injury worry over the man that kicked them to the Super Bowl with Greg Zuerlein struggling with a foot injury.

The Rams’ strong-legged kicker slotted two huge pressure kicks in the NFC Championship game against the New Orleans Saints to put Los Angeles into the Super Bowl.

Zuerlein, nicknamed ‘Legatron’ due to his long-range kicking accuracy, converted a 48-yard kick to send the game into overtime and then a mighty 57-yarder to send LA to the Super Bowl.

The kick was the longest one to put a team into the Super Bowl, but now Zuerlein has been seen wearing a protective boot on his left foot and has not practiced for the Rams since the game on Sunday.

Head coach Sean McVay, though, was keen to try and play down the injury to the man who could be so crucial against the New England Patriots.

"We're just being extra cautious with him," McVay said. "But he'll be OK."

Zuerlein went four-for-four on field goals against the Saints and made 27 of 31 during the regular season, with his 57-yarder in the NFC Championship game being the longest of his season.

Kickers have often proved the difference in big games, including the Super Bowl where one kick made or missed can decide the destiny of the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

The Rams themselves were on the wrong end of the last-second game-winning kick in their last Super Bowl appearance – which just so happened to be a defeat to the Patriots in Tom Brady’s first Super Bowl victory.

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