Topic: Los Angeles Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein strained

THOUSAND OAKS D.K. Metcalf Jersey , Calif. (AP) —  his non-kicking foot at halftime of the NFC championship game by slipping on a turf-covered metal plate during warmups on the Superdome field.Zuerlein’s injury doesn’t appear to be serious, and the Rams expect him to kick in the Super Bowl next week, coach Sean McVay said Thursday.Rams special teams coordinator John Fassel disclosed what happened to Zuerlein, but the coach wasn’t even aware his kicker had injured himself until well after their 26-23 overtime victory over the New Orleans Saints.Zuerlein made four field goals against the Saints, including three after halftime. He hit a 48-yard field goal with 15 seconds left in regulation to force overtime, followed by a booming 57-yard field goal that went in with plenty of distance to spare, clinching the Rams’ first conference title in 17 years.“Didn’t seem like it affected him http://www.seahawksfootballauthentics.c … -authentic , did it?” McVay said with a grin.The right-footed Zuerlein was wearing a walking boot on his left foot earlier in the week, but McVay said the team is only being cautious. He has been listed on the Rams’ injury report for the past two days.“He’s fine,” Fassel said. “The next morning, I said, ‘Greg, why do you have a boot on your foot?’ I think he didn’t tell me because it was good I didn’t know.”The 31-year-old Zuerlein has been one of the NFL’s top kickers for several years, earning a Pro Bowl selection last season. Since the Rams moved to Los Angeles three seasons ago Gary Jennings Jr. Jersey , he has made 84 of his 93 field goal attempts — missing just once inside 40 yards — and 102 of his 105 extra points.The Rams face the New England Patriots next Sunday, Feb. 3, in Atlanta. COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — With a proposal that would offer tax breaks to entice the Carolina Panthers to move their practice fields to South Carolina going down to the wire, owner David Tepper said he is fine with leaving them in North Carolina if he can’t get any public help.Tepper said his idea to build a new team headquarters and practice fields along with a larger sports complex that could also include a stadium for a MLS team in South Carolina must get economic incentives or it makes no sense.“Quite frankly, it’s going to cost us a lot of money to go down to South Carolina,” Tepper said .South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has been an enthusiastic backer of a bill that would exempt Panthers players http://www.seahawksfootballauthentics.c … -authentic , coaches and employees from state income taxes for 15 years. The team could then spend the roughly $120 million it saves on the facility. There are other incentives, including a new interchange on a nearby interstate.The proposal passed the South Carolina House less than two weeks after Tepper met with McMaster and legislative leaders in April. But it has stalled in the state Senate, where several members — both Democrats and Republicans — said a billionaire NFL owner doesn’t need taxpayer help. Critics also questioned whether state officials greatly inflated their estimate that the new facility would have a $3.8 billion impact.“A guy doesn’t get $11.6 billion without taking advantage of his opposition,” said Sen. Dick Harpootlian, a Democrat from Columbia.The Panthers currently practice in Charlotte, North Carolina, near their stadium and about 15 miles (25 kilometers) north of the South Carolina site. But the fields are outdoors. Last season Ugo Amadi Jersey , the Panthers had to move several practices to a hotel ballroom because of heavy rain.Tepper wants to continue the Panthers’ “two states, one team” attitude that began when they played their inaugural season in 1995 at Clemson’s stadium while their stadium in Charlotte was being built. The team still holds training camp every summer at Wofford University in Spartanburg.But without the tax breaks, Tepper said he can just put a temporary dome over the fields and expand and renovate the current team facility in Charlotte.“You guys see the bubble going up, I have a cafeteria building, I will stay in Charlotte,” Tepper said . “I will stay home.”