Kai Forbath

Los Angeles Rams
Place Kicker #2
Los Angeles Rams
Place Kicker #2

Kai Forbath News

Cut by Rams

Forbath (ankle) was waived off injured reserve by the Rams on Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: The 33-year-old landed on injured reserve in mid-November but now parts ways with the team as the Rams prepare for the playoffs. Forbath appeared in two games and made two of three field-goal attempts and four of five extra-point attempts for Los Angeles.

Jan 5, 2021 7:46 PM EST

Heading to IR

Coach Sean McVay said that Forbath (ankle) will go on injured reserve, Kevin Modesti of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.

Analysis: Los Angeles has a kicker turnstile on its hands, with Forbath now out of commission after taking over for rookie Samuel Sloman. Forbath went 2-for-3 on field-goal tries and 4-for-5 on extra points during his two active games for the Rams, but with him now unavailable, Sloman or another kicker will soon have to fill in. LA has an upcoming Monday night matchup against the Buccaneers for Week 11, a contest during which margins may be slim in taking on a 7-3 team.

Nov 16, 2020 6:26 PM EST

Hurts ankle in win

Coach Sean McVay said after Sunday's win over the Seahawks that he has no update on Forbath's (ankle) status, Stu Jackson of the Rams' official site reports.

Analysis: Forbath sustained the injury earlier in the game, as reported by Emmanuel Morgan of the Los Angeles Times. This was Forbath's second game as Los Angeles' kicker since he took over for released rookie Sam Sloman. Forbath's practice participation will be worth monitoring this coming week as the team prepares to face Tampa Bay.

Nov 15, 2020 4:56 PM EST

Goes 1-for-2 in debut

Forbath connected on one of his two field-goal attempts and converted both extra-point kicks during Sunday's 28-17 loss to Miami.

Analysis: The missed kick came from 48 yards with 3:42 remaining and would have made it a one-possession game, so it was a costly miss for Forbath and the Rams. However, the veteran will likely handle kicking duties for Los Angeles in Week 10 against Seattle, which could prove to be a high-scoring affair and provide him with an opportunity to post a solid fantasy showing.

Nov 2, 2020 6:41 AM EST

Takes over as kicker

Forbath is poised to serve as the Rams' kicker in Sunday's game against the Dolphins after Los Angeles released Sam Sloman on Tuesday, Eric D. Williams of SI.com reports.

Analysis: Forbath joined the Rams a week ago, but he wasn't available to kick in Monday's 24-10 win over the Bears while waiting to clear COVID-19 protocols. Sloman remained in place as Los Angeles' kicker Week 7 and continued to struggle, as his blocked field goal from 48 yards out marked his sixth missed kick of the season. Given that Forbath is now with his fourth team in less than two years, he likely won't have much job security, but he'll at least have some stability in the short term while the Rams roster no other kickers.

Oct 27, 2020 12:09 PM EST

Will not play Monday

Forbath has not passed COVID-19 protocols and will not play in Monday's contest as a result, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Forbath only arrived to the Rams' facilities Sunday so it was never possible for the veteran kicker to pass through protocols in time to make it on the active roster. Samuel Sloman will get one more week as the starter, although given his struggles (three missed extra points along with two field-goal attempts in 2020) it certainly appears as if Forbath would have the upper hand on the starting job once he can officially practice.

Oct 24, 2020 2:46 PM EST

Status uncertain for Week 7

Head coach Sean McVay said that Forbath won't be able to report to the Rams' facility until Sunday at the earliest while he completes COVID-19 intake testing, J.B. Long of the Los Angeles Rams Radio Network reports.

Analysis: Los Angeles signed Forbath off the Bears' practice squad earlier this week, presumably to provide competition for struggling rookie kicker Samuel Sloman, who has already missed five kicks (two field goals, three extra points) through the Rams' first six games. Forbath's delayed arrival might hurt his chances of overtaking Sloman in Week 7, but McVay noted that the former could "theoretically" still kick for the Rams in Monday's game against Chicago. More clarity on the Rams' kicking situation should arrive by the end of the weekend.

Oct 22, 2020 2:20 PM EST

Finds home in L.A.

The Rams signed Forbath off the Bears' practice squad Tuesday, Stu Jackson of the Rams' official site reports.

Analysis: The journeyman kicker now has found his way onto the active roster of seven different organizations. With a career success rate of 86.8 percent on his 151 field-goal attempts, the 33-year-old joins a special-teams unit that boasts struggling rookie Sam Sloman, who has made 15 of 18 PATs and seven of nine FGAs this season. It remains to be seen who will be L.A.'s starting placekicker Monday against Chicago.

Oct 20, 2020 10:59 AM EST

Signs in Chicago

The Bears signed Forbath to the practice squad Friday, per the NFL's official transaction log.

Analysis: Forbath tried out with the Bears earlier in the week and proved enough to earn a role on the practice squad. Cairo Santos has been perfect over the last two weeks and isn't in danger of losing the starting job, but it's still unclear when Eddy Pineiro (groin) will return from IR, so Forbath will serve as depth moving forward.

Oct 9, 2020 4:38 PM EST

Tries out in Chicago

The Bears hosted Forbath for a tryout Tuesday, Albert Breer of TheMMQB.com reports.

Analysis: The Bears have deployed Cairo Santos as their starting kicker with Eddy Pineiro (groin) on IR. Santos made his lone field-goal attempt in Week 4 but missed to tries over the previous two weeks. It's possible the Bears are looking to sign Forbath to the practice squad to serve as a backup when Pineiro returns. It's worth keeping an eye on, as Forbath made all 10 field-goal attempts in 2019, including eight from beyond 40 yards.

Oct 6, 2020 3:36 PM EST

Cut from Carolina's practice squad

Forbath was cut from Carolina's practice squad Monday, per the NFL's transaction report.

Analysis: Forbath will now bide his time until another kicking opportunity presents itself around the league due to either injury or ineffectiveness.

Sep 28, 2020 6:17 PM EST

Rejoins Panthers practice squad

The Panthers signed Forbath to the practice squad Friday, Myles Simmons of the Panthers' official site reports.

Analysis: For the second week in a row, Forbath has found himself on Carolina's practice squad. On the first occasion, he remained there because the team's regular kicker Joey Slye handled all duties as he normally does. For the season, Slye has hit all four field-goal attempts and three of four point-after tries, so Forbath is little more than insurance for the Panthers at the moment.

Sep 25, 2020 4:12 PM EST

Cut from practice squad

Forbath was released from the Panthers' practice squad Monday, Myles Simmons of the Panthers' official site reports.

Analysis: The 33-year-old joined Carolina's practice squad Saturday but was let go after starter Joey Slye converted all three of his kicks Week 2. Forbath will continue searching for another opportunity after making all 11 of his field-goal attempts and going 11-for-12 on extra-point attempts last season.

Sep 21, 2020 1:12 PM EST

Signs with practice squad

The Panthers signed Forbath to the practice squad Saturday, Myles Simmons of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Panthers starting kicker Joey Slye hit all three field goals in Week 1 but missed an extra point, so Forbath was brought in as a possible replacement if the misses keep up. Forbath played four games in 2019 and connected on all 11 field-goal attempts, including eight kicks from beyond 40 yards.

Sep 20, 2020 9:12 AM EST

Visiting Panthers

Carolina hosted Forbath for a workout Thursday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Forbath was beat out by Greg Zuerlein in Dallas this offseason, but as evidenced by this news, he's fielding some interest around the league. The Panthers' starting kicker Joey Slye connected on all three of his field goals in Week 1, however, he only made one of two extra points. Forbath could be a solid option as a free agent around the league should a team incur kicking problems this season.

Sep 17, 2020 3:22 PM EST

Cut by Cowboys

Forbath was released by the Cowboys on Saturday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The writing appeared to be on the wall as soon as the Cowboys signed Greg Zuerlein to a three-year, $7.5 million contract in March. Forbath, who posted a perfect 11-for-11 on field goal attempts with the Cowboys and Patriots in 2019, has plenty of experience at the NFL level and given the uncertain nature of the 2020 season, it's entirely possible the eighth-year kicker could find a new home before the end of training camp.

Aug 1, 2020 1:44 PM EST

Facing job competition

The Cowboys signed Greg Zuerlein to challenge Forbath for the placekicker job, Patrik Walker of CBS Sports reports.

Analysis: A three-year, $7.5 million contract makes Zuerlein the presumptive favorite, even though Forbath converted each of his 10 field-goal attempts and each of his 10 PATs in three games with the Cowboys late last season. Forbath owns the superior mark for career field-goal percentage (86.8), but Zuerlein has the bigger leg and the bigger contract.

Mar 27, 2020 1:09 PM EST

Sticks in Dallas

The Cowboys re-signed Forbath on Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: After getting a one-game audition with the Patriots during Stephen Gostkowski's (hip) absence, Forbath served as the Cowboys' kicker for the final three games of the season. Overall, he didn't miss a kick with the latter organization, making all 10 field-goal attempts and all 10 point-after tries. While the three-game sample size is small, he may not endure too much, if any, competition for the gig in Dallas in 2020.

Mar 18, 2020 1:53 PM EST

Perfect in three games for Dallas

Forbath finished the 2019 season going 10-for-10 on field goals and 10-for-10 on extra points in three games for the Cowboys.

Analysis: The journeyman kicker was unemployed to begin the season, but after proving himself in a one-game audition with the Patriots after Nick Folk underwent an appendectomy, Forbath was picked up by the Cowboys as a replacement for the erratic Brett Maher and was perfect down the stretch as Dallas pushed in vain for a playoff spot. He's played for six teams since making his NFL debut in 2012, so the 32-year-old will have a short leash with the Cowboys and could well face significant competition in training camp next year, but his performance should at least secure him an opportunity to win the starting job in 2020.

Jan 1, 2020 10:25 AM EST

Converts three FGs

Forbath made all three field-goal attempts during Sunday's loss to the Eagles.

Analysis: Forbath converted attempts from 32, 49 and 49 yards as the Cowboys' offense struggled throughout the contest. The 32-year-old is now 6-for-6 on field goals and 5-for-5 on extra points in his two games with Dallas.

Dec 24, 2019 8:16 PM EST

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