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Former Penn State kicker Sam Ficken signed by Los Angeles Rams

Sam Ficken is getting another NFL shot.

The former Penn State placekicker signed with the Los Angeles Rams on Wednesday night, according to a report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The Rams later confirmed that they placed Greg Zuerlein — a.k.a “Legatron” — on injured reserve and brought in Ficken.

Ficken, who kicked for the Nittany Lions from 2011-14, hit 54 of 75 career field goals. He connected on 24 of 29 as a senior, including a Croke Park Classic game-winner and tying field goal at the Pinstripe Bowl. He later booted the game-winning extra point to beat Boston College in Penn State’s first bowl post-NCAA sanctions.

Ficken — who hasn’t attempted a regular-season NFL field goal — latched on with the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2017 preseason, but was cut a month later. The Indiana native and Penn State folk hero told the CDT back in October that he was keeping the NFL dream alive.

“I feel like ability-wise and talent-wise I’m right there. Without a doubt, I’m still leaving that door wide-open,” Ficken said. “Obviously every day you hope for a call.”

On Wednesday night, he got that call.

Ficken and the Rams (10-4) face the Titans on Sunday.

John McGonigal: 814-231-4630, @jmcgonigal9

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