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Chargers’ Kaeding may have torn ACL

Nate Kaeding AP

Chargers kicker Nate Kaeding suffered a left knee injury in the season-opening win over the Vikings, and the team fears the injury is severe.

Multiple reporters, including ESPN’s Adam Schefter and NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora, have said the Chargers believe Kaeding tore his ACL. Kaeding is scheduled for an MRI on Monday at which the Chargers expect their fears to be confirmed.

Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune offered a somewhat more optimistic report suggesting that the Chargers don’t think Kaeding is headed to injured reserve. But even Acee’s report says it would be a “miracle” for Kaeding to be able to return next week.

So the Chargers appear to be in the market for a new kicker. And their already bad special teams may be getting worse.

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11 Responses to “Chargers’ Kaeding may have torn ACL”
  1. trbowman says: Sep 11, 2011 9:19 PM

    Dave Rayner

  2. icanspeel says: Sep 11, 2011 9:21 PM

    Besides the opening kickoff, their special teams weren’t too bad today, but losing Kaeding could hurt. Not having him available made todays win that much tougher.

  3. pikindaguy says: Sep 11, 2011 9:48 PM

    Scifres is probably as good an option as any other free agent kicker out there. Nailing a 40-yarder with no preparation going into the week is no joke…can’t imagine him choking any harder than Kaeding does come playoff time either.

  4. luponatrix says: Sep 11, 2011 10:08 PM

    If he really did tear his ACL, this could be disastrous. Who is going to miss a huge kick in the playoffs if Kaeding can’t be there?

  5. gosuhgo says: Sep 11, 2011 10:22 PM

    Seriously. Get Dave Rayner. I felt bad when the Lions cut him, he came up so big for us last year at the end of the season. Clutch kicker.

  6. mrgroovesd says: Sep 11, 2011 10:40 PM

    I have a feeling Rayner or the rookie they had in the preseason will be signed.

  7. virusgvr says: Sep 12, 2011 12:39 AM

    I’m glad I passed on him when it was time to pick a kicker.

  8. goawayeverybody says: Sep 12, 2011 12:46 AM

    The Chargers are lucky that McNabb sucks ballz. If the Vikings had a decent quarterback they would have won this game, especially during the time frame when the Chargers had no idea if they could kick a field goal or not.

  9. axespray says: Sep 12, 2011 1:54 AM

    could save a roster spot for another posistion and just go with that Punter.

    serious, that dude looked accurate and had some power on that one 40 yd field goal.

  10. clifford20 says: Sep 12, 2011 2:22 AM

    Im still trying to figure out how a kicker tears his ACL?

  11. Slackmo says: Sep 12, 2011 2:59 AM

    Scifres is already the best punter in the league, while not let him try to be the best kicker?

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