Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein made a 57-yard field goal in overtime of the NFC championship game against the Saints to secure a trip to the Super Bowl, but what many don’t know is he made that kick with a sprained foot.
Rams special teams coach Jim Fassel revealed Zuerlein hit a steel plate in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome turf during halftime, but the kicker didn’t tell Fassel he was injured until after the game. Zuerlein said he kept it a secret because telling Fassel about the pain wouldn’t have accomplished anything in the moment.
“Hit something hard in the ground. Just warming up at halftime, landed on something that didn’t give as much as turf and then that’s when it started hurting,” Zuerlein told reporters, via the team’s official site. “But, hopefully, a few more days of treatment and it’ll be good to go.”
When asked how much pain he was playing through, Zuerlein said: “I don’t really know. It hurt, but not enough to stop me from playing, obviously. I guess that’s really all I can tell you.”
Zuerlein missed practice Friday and didn’t participate in the portion open to the media Saturday, but he is expected to be ready to play in the Super Bowl on Feb. 3 against the Patriots.
“One day at a time, but he’s feeling good,” coach Sean McVay said Saturday. “No setbacks with that, so all things are pointing in the right direction for us.”