The Rams released kicker Lucas Havrisik on Monday morning after he missed two extra point attempts in Sunday’s narrow win over the New York Giants.
They are signing Brett Maher, according to head coach Sean McVay. Maher is one of five kickers the Rams have had on their roster since the spring. He was released before they signed Havrisik in October.
“Getting into the playoffs definitely changes a little bit of the dialogue,” said McVay on Monday afternoon. The Rams clinched a postseason spot with their win at New York, and Pittsburgh’s win at Seattle on Sunday afternoon.
“Wanted to get somebody in here that had some experience. … There’s options out there, and then there are guys that have familiarity with it. There’s not a perfect scenario. But I think when you look at the landscape, some of the options, this is what we felt like was going to be the best opportunity to move forward the way that we want to.”
Maher played seven games for the Rams earlier this season and went 17-of-23 on field goal attempts, and 12-of-13 on extra point attempts.
Long snapper Alex Ward is dealing with a neck issue and went on injured reserve in December, altering the Rams’ snap-and-hold operation. Carson Tinker is currently the team’s long snapper.
Where the rest of the roster has dramatically improved over the course of the 2023 season, special teams remains last in the NFL in DVOA and has left 37 points on the board due to 11 missed field goals and four missed extra points. The punting unit has allowed two returns for touchdowns in the last four weeks, with one costing them the game in overtime at Baltimore.
According to DVOA creator Aaron Schatz, the Rams currently have the sixth-lowest special teams DVOA in league history.
“I do think there’s plays that we’re not making that we are capable of,” McVay said. “There have been a lot of moving parts as it relates to our field goal operation … I also think that some of the coverage things, we’ve got to tackle better. We do need to play better, (and) we’re capable of doing that.”
Other injury updates from McVay: Starting nose tackle Bobby Brown III, who left Sunday’s game with a knee injury and did not return, suffered a hyperextension but “should be OK.” Tackle/guard Joe Noteboom injured his heel and isn’t likely to practice this week.
Tight end Tyler Higbee suffered a posterior subluxation of his left shoulder and his status will be monitored through the week.
Safety Jordan Fuller is day to day with an ankle sprain.
Defensive lineman Desjuan Johnson has turf toe and will also be day to day.
Starting left tackle Alaric Jackson missed Sunday’s game due to a personal reason, which McVay clarified Monday was a family situation but said he’d allow Jackson to share more detail if he chose to do so. Jackson will be back with the Rams this week.