Another kicker competition
Finally, kicker Kai Forbath played for the LA Rams for a sum total of just two games. In that short duration, he kicked two of three field goals, and four of five extra points. That’s hardly enough time to unpack a suitcase. And that means that it’s hardly enough time to settle in and kick for a new team with any regularity or rhythm.
But such is the life of an NFL kicker, particularly one signed mid-season. Of course, few are signed to find themselves on Injured Reserve after two games, so we’re going off-script a bit. Well, a bit more. You see, not many teams sign a kicker to the 53-man roster, followed by signing a second kicker to the practice squad. But that is just what the Rams’ have done, as they added Austin MacGinnis, a former XFL-star kicker, to the practice squad.
Lateral ankle sprain
Once again, Forbath did not suffer a season-ending injury. Forbath suffered a lateral ankle sprain which, depending upon the severity, can take up to four weeks to heal. But the Rams already had the wisdom to have signed MacGinnis to the practice squad as one part of the solution during Forbath’s absence on Injured Reserve.
Since the Rams can call up MacGinnis twice for gameday Sunday, they have some time to work out the logistics.
You see, an NFL team can call up to two practice squad players for their game and return them to the practice squad automatically. It’s only the third time that requires the player to be waived and clear waivers before being re-signed to the practice squad. Since the Rams had MacGinnis in reserve, look for the team to sign another kicker to compete for the starting role. That catches us up to November 16, 2020. Hopefully, no further injuries will occur this week.