Rams lose leading tackler Micah Kiser to knee injury

THOUSAND OAKS – Micah Kiser was a physical presence at the center of the Rams’ defense in his first full season of NFL action at linebacker.

“When he arrives, he arrives violently,” Rams coach Sean McVay said Thursday, describing why Kiser is leading the team in tackles with 77.

At least the Rams will miss that 6-foot, 244-pound rolling rock for their upcoming games at SoFi Stadium against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, on the road against the Arizona Cardinals, and at home against the New England Patriots.

Kiser was placed on the injured reserve on Thursday with a knee injury. Under the 2020 NFL roster rules, Kiser will be eligible to return after three weeks. McVay said he hopes it won’t last, saying Kiser doesn’t need surgery.

Kiser will largely be replaced on Sunday by Troy Reeder, who had three sacks against Washington when Kiser was out with an inguinal hernia in week 5.

Tight end Tyler Higbee (elbow) and rookie outside linebacker Terrell Lewis (knee) also missed practice on Thursday.

McVay said Higbee looks “questionable” to play on Sunday.

The coach said Lewis has problems with the same knee that cost him the first four games of the season.