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Rams will have a new kicker for the playoffs

LA waived Lucas Havrisik with replacement likely to be named in the coming days

New Orleans Saints v Los Angeles Rams Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images

The Los Angeles Rams have waived kicker Lucas Havrisik according to an announcement by the team. He played nine game for LA this season but made only 15 of his 20 attempts and converted 19 of his 22 point after tries.

The Rams originally signed Havrisik after parting ways with veteran Brett Maher. They cut Maher in what was maybe a knee-jerk reaction to a poor outing against the Pittsburgh Steelers where he missed two field goals from more than 50-yards out and also missed an extra point attempt. These misses could very well have been in the margin of error in a close game, especially considering the controversial placement of the ball towards the end of the game on a Kenny Pickett QB sneak that benefitted Pittsburgh.

It is net yet clear who will replace Havrisik on the roster, though it’s possible a reunion with Maher could be in order. Another potential option would be Riley Patterson, who was recently waived by the Detroit Lions in favor of Michael Badgley, went unclaimed, and signed to the practice squad of the practice squad of the Cleveland Browns. One complication, of course, is that Patterson played for the Browns on Thursday Night Football in replacement of injured kicker Dustin Hopkins. If Hopkins returns to health in the short-term, that may make Patterson expendable and free to sign with another team.

The bottom line is that the Rams will have a new kicker for their wildcard playoff game. We should have more news on who the replacement will be in the coming days.