He was Mr. Automatic, a strong-legged kicker who provided the high-powered Rams offense an invaluable security blanket during their turnaround season.
Greg Zuerlein, as much as any player, helped the Rams vault into first place in the NFC West and made them a part of the Super Bowl conversation.
On Wednesday, the Rams suffered a major blow when Zuerlein, the NFL’s scoring leader, was placed on injured reserve because of a back issue, ending his season.
“It’s huge,” coach Sean McVay said of the potential impact.
Zuerlein, who was voted to the Pro Bowl for the first time, is scheduled to have surgery Thursday. Dr. Robert Watkins will perform the procedure to repair a...