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Greg Zuerlein Deacon Jones Jersey , the near future after injuring his groin during pregame warmups for Los Angeles' blowout win over Arizona.The Rams (2-0) are re-signing Sam Ficken to take Zuerlein's place for "at least a few weeks," coach Sean McVay said Monday after confirming the only disappointing development from the Rams' 34-0 thrashing of the Cardinals."We'll move forward with Sam," McVay said. "Got a lot of confidence in him. It's good that he's kind of been through some experience with us, playing in games that are very, very important, which we know this next one is. Greg will get back hopefully sooner than later, and we'll embrace that when that time comes."The Rams are placing receiver Michael Thomas on injured reserve to make room on their 53-man roster for Ficken, who was with the Rams throughout training camp. He initially joined the club last December when Zuerlein injured his back with two games left in his Pro Bowl season.Ficken made two of his three field goal attempts in the regular season, and he added two field goals without a miss in Los Angeles' playoff loss to Atlanta.While Ficken doesn't have the booming range of the All-Pro known as Greg the Leg, McVay isn't worried as the Rams head into a crosstown showdown with the Los Angeles Chargers (1-1) on Sunday."You've got a lot of confidence in Sam Eric Dickerson Jersey , and he has shown that he's a good kicker," McVay said. "But certainly you don't take for granted the fact that you're talking about Greg, (who) smashes a 55-yarder on the dirt in Oakland."The Rams reached out to Ficken on Sunday even before the team had finished beating Arizona, likely aware that several teams would be in need of a new kicker after the special-teams tumult of Week 2."He was still in the area, so it worked out in our favor," McVay said.After Zuerlein was hurt in warmups, All-Pro punter Johnny Hekker filled in on kickoffs and even made a 20-yard field goal and an extra point. But the Rams also went for successful 2-point conversions on their first three touchdowns, and the ever-innovative McVay acknowledged the experience had made him even more interested in going for two regularly."That's definitely something that we'll about, and it can potentially alter the way we approach things, for sure," McVay said. "We always talk about being an aggressive team. ... Those guys Marshall Faulk Jersey , when they end up executing the way that they did in those situations, it certainly gives you a belief and a confidence that this is something that you might explore doing more times than not."Thomas, a special-teams standout and backup kick returner, injured his hip in the Rams' season-opening win at Oakland. The injury absences of Thomas and All-Pro kick returner Pharoh Cooper leave the Rams with just five healthy receivers: Brandin Cooks, Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp, Josh Reynolds and JoJo Natson, who was only re-signed last week to return kicks.McVay also must choose a starting right guard to face the Chargers during practice this week. Jamon Brown's two-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy has ended, but fill-in starter Austin Blythe performed strongly in his two starts."This is a situation where we feel like we have two starting-caliber guards," McVay said. "As far as how we move forward, it's not a result of anything Jamon hasn't done Nolan Cromwell Jersey , but the fact that these are decisions that aren't very clear-cut is because of Austin's play. He's played so well. He's done such a great job." Josh Allen learned plenty while working out with Los Angeles Chargers starter Philip Rivers in Southern California in March before the Buffalo Bills drafted him in the first round.Allen hopes he picked up a few more pointers during his first career start in watching how Rivers carved into the Bills defense during the first half of the Chargers 31-20 win on Sunday."You know he gets the ball out super quick. He's not afraid to throw it one yard in front of him," Allen said, while also noting how Rivers controlled the play clock and set his protections. "To have my first start against him, a guy that kind of helped mentor me, was definitely kind of cool."The Wyoming product didn't come close to matching Rivers in a game the Chargers broke open by building a 28-3 lead in scoring touchdowns on four consecutive drives in the first half. And yet, the Bills showed more spark under Allen than they did under Nathan Peterman in a 47-3 season-opening loss at Baltimore a week earlier.Allen finished 18 of 33 for 245 yards with a touchdown. Though he threw two interceptions and was sacked five times, he also showed off his strong arm by completing a 57-yard pass to Zay Jones in the closing minutes of the second quarter.Rivers liked what he saw."Each and every week he's going to improve," said Rivers, who finished 23 of 27 for 256 yards and three touchdowns . "There's going to be some ups and downs. There always is. There still is for me in year 15. But I he's got the right approach."The Chargers offense was less productive but more efficient a week after lacking finish in racking up 541 yards in a 38-28 loss to Kansas City.Melvin Gordon matched a career high by scoring three touchdowns, two receiving and another on a 20-yard run .Their defense limited Buffalo to 293 yards of offense, while also applying pressure despite missing linemen Joey Bosa (foot) and Corey Liuget (suspension).Rivers became the ninth NFL player to surpass 51 Kurt Warner Jersey ,000 career-yards passing by upping his total to 51,028.Some things that stood out in a game:QUITTING TIMEBills cornerback Vontae Davis informed coach Sean McDermott he was quitting the team at halftime, and then announced he was retiring after 10 NFL seasons a few hours following the game."This isn't how I pictured retiring from the NFL," he wrote in a statement posted on the NFL's Twitter account. "But today on the field, reality hit me and hard. I shouldn't be out there anymore."Davis' abrupt departure didn't sit well with his now-former teammates."I don't have nothing to say about Vontae. I'll give him a little bit more respect than he showed us today as far as quitting," defensive end Lorenzo Alexander said.UNWELCOMED TAUNTChargers coach Anthony Lynn was angered by an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty that second-year cornerback Desmond King II received in the first quarter. After the Bills threw an incomplete pass on third down, King waved goodbye at Buffalo receiver Zay Jones and pantomimed a kicking motion before leaving the field."Very stupid on his part," Lynn said, who expressed his disappointment to King on the sidelined."I can't say it on camera," he said when asked what he told King.SHADY IN PAINBills running back LeSean McCoy's status is uncertain after sustaining a rib injury in the final minutes of the third quarter. McCoy was tackled from behind when Buffalo center Ryan Groy fell backward and landed on left side of the running back's chest.McCoy was still experiencing pain during a brief appearance in the locker room.DEFENSIVE CHANGEMcDermott revealed he took over the defensive play-calling duties from coordinator Leslie Frazier to start the second half. The switch showed immediate dividends. Buffalo allowed 65 yards of offense, four first downs and a field goal Joe Namath Jersey , while generating two sacks over the final 30 minutes.UP NEXTThe Chargers prepare for their first regular-season meeting against their new crosstown rival Rams next week."It's a heck of a defense and we know what we've got over there against Wade's scheme," Rivers said, referring to Rams defensive coordinator Wade Phillips. "But looking forward to that and that atmosphere."The Bills are off to their second 0-2 start in three seasons, and face a daunting tests in each of their next two games. Buffalo plays at Minnesota next week, followed by a trip to Green Bay.
 



 
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