Kickalicious says league rejected Lions’ attempt to keep him on practice squad

AP

Havard “Kickalicious” Rugland was released by the Detroit Lions after an attempt to make an NFL roster. Rugland earned a roster spot for training camp with the Lions after becoming an internet sensation for his kicking exhibitions on YouTube.

The Lions elected to keep veteran David Akers as their kicker instead of Rugland, who still had a decent showing in his first shot at making a team. Rugland was a perfect 3 for 3 on field goal attempts, including a 50-yarder, and 2 for 2 on extra points. He also kicked touchbacks on two of his six kickoff attempts.

After being released by the Lions, he also had a tryout with the Green Bay Packers before returning to his home in Norway. However, the Lions were apparently hoping they could keep Rugland around, though not by conventional means.

According to a report by Roy Kvatningen of Nettavisen in Norway, the Lions were hoping to designate Rugland as an “international practice squad” player. That designation would basically allow the team an exemption to give Rugland an additional spot on their practice squad. Rugland said the league apparently told the Lions that the rule was made in regard to NFL Europe, which no longer exists.

NFL teams had been allowed a roster exemption to bring one international player to training camp above the former 80-man roster limit.

The rule allowing an international practice squad player apparently hasn’t been removed from the rule book, but the Lions were rejected nevertheless.

Rugland said he received positive feedback from the Lions and Packers and believes he still has a good chance of ultimately finding a home in the NFL.

22 responses to “Kickalicious says league rejected Lions’ attempt to keep him on practice squad

  1. I hope the Packers dump that loser Crosby and go with someone else, whomever that may be.
    They had pretty good luck about thirty years ago with a Scandinavian kicker.

  2. I’m genuinely curious what the reason for the Lions choosing Akers over this dude was. Akers was seriously awful last year, and had a measurable negative effect on the Superbowl for the 49ers last year.

    I’m neither a Lions or “kickalicious” fan, but Akers, really? As a Browns fan, I’d prefer an X factor Rugland over a known commodity such as Billy Cundiff…

  3. The NFL should really consider allowing this rule to continue.

    With all the talk of expanding the NFL into other markets around the world, why would you NOT have this rule active?

    Frankly, I believe that because of the sheer number of schools generating talent, that the NFL should consider increasing practice squad rosters by two.. if not three. With all the injuries, why not?

  4. Definitely pulling for this guy… Let’s hope he has his visa in order in the event he gets a call… I remember ten years ago Ola Kimrin made a 65 yarder in preseason with Denver but was released in favor of Jason Elam at the end of camp and returned home to Sweden nullifying his previous work visa… Then mid-season multiple teams attempted to sign him to replace their injured kickers but he could not get another visa for months and was not unable to sign with any teams that year… Here’s to hoping Kickalicious not only stays in kicking shape but also makes sure his agent keeps his visa current and active…

  5. It seems that every year the Lions cause the league to either dust off some obscure rule so they can use it against them or they unearth some odd circumstance that leads the nfl to change our tweak a rule. Let’s hope this is the last one this season.

  6. The guy is better than half the kickers out there today but the teams are afraid to get rid of an experienced kicker for an amateur with a strong leg.

  7. The fact that he made all 3 FGs proves he wasn’t just some youtube sensation, he actually has a little skill. Here’s hoping someone takes a chance on him enough to prove he can do it.

  8. I keep hoping this guy catches on somewhere, but it’s looking less and less likely (particularly if the NFL is making it harder).

    Not only did he not miss in the pre-season, anyone who talks to the guy says he’s an ideal teammate. And cheap! I really don’t understand why someone wouldn’t take a shot on him.

  9. It’s a shame we couldn’t keep him around. He wasn’t ready to kick in the NFL just yet, but Akers only has a few years left.

    If there is one place the Lions have excelled for the last few decades, it’s been with our placekickers. From Eddie Murray to Jason Hanson, that’s thirty years of consistency. Havard would have been a nice addition to that group.

  10. So, there is a rule that exists that the Lions found would give them an advantage. The league decides to ignore it because the rule was created for something else?

    League doing something to screw Detroit. Sounds about right.

    This weekend, its a ridiculous witch hunt for a play that was, at worse, an illegal play, and far from something that is dirty. Then 4 touchdowns, 1 of which the league clearly showed no continuity with (Calvin Johnson rule).

    Its only logical to be slightly biased (anyone listen to Florio talk about WV can understand what I am talking about) but its not farfetched to see that the league just does not like Detroit doing well. They do everything they can to make that clear.

  11. I was hoping the Lions would be able to squad him like that. More meddling by the higher ups in the NFL.

    I never though I’d say it, but I miss what the XFL was trying to do.

  12. If the rule is still on the books, why wouldn’t the Lions be able to use it? The Bengals used it a few years ago with a Canadian offensive lineman and that was well after NFL Europe had folded.

  13. He should try out for a CFL team, show what he can do in a professional league, and then hopefully another NFL team will give him a tryout.

  14. The NFLs take wouldn’t fly in a court of law. “We meant to take it off the books” doesn’t change a law that is in the books. Rugland was a fun story and I hope if Akers has problems or gets hurt the Lions being him back. He had better long term potential anyway.

  15. brohamma says:
    Sep 12, 2013 4:48 AM
    The NFL should really consider allowing this rule to continue.

    With all the talk of expanding the NFL into other markets around the world, why would you NOT have this rule active?

    Frankly, I believe that because of the sheer number of schools generating talent, that the NFL should consider increasing practice squad rosters by two.. if not three. With all the injuries, why not?

    57 0

    i agree i cant see why the nfl wouldnt be all over this, its a win win for the league?

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