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Norv Turner confirms Nate Kaeding is out for the year

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The Chargers need a new kicker.

Coach Norv Turner confirmed that Nate Kaeding will miss the season with a torn ACL at his Monday press conference.

The team feared that the two-time Pro Bowler tore the knee ligament on Sunday, but they waited for an MRI to be sure.  Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune writes that Nick Novak is on the team’s list of kickers they are bringing in for a tryout.

“We have a list of very good guys,” head coach Norv Turner said. “It’s not a long list.”

Turner also confirmed the reports that defensive end Luis Castillo has a broken tibia. It’s unclear how long Castillo will be out.

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7 Responses to “Norv Turner confirms Nate Kaeding is out for the year”
  1. kingofthenorth92 says: Sep 12, 2011 3:59 PM

    Wow, though Kaeding hasn’t been the most reliable in the playoffs he is still a reliable kicker who was nailing 50+ yarders in the preseason like nothing. Scifres seems more than caple of handling kickoffs but as far as field goals go….Dave Rayner or Shayne Graham are still out there that I know of.

  2. jessethegreat says: Sep 12, 2011 4:11 PM

    kickers are a dime a dozen

  3. stairwayto7 says: Sep 12, 2011 4:36 PM

    Rolf Benerska or one of the Gramaticas!

  4. managod777 says: Sep 12, 2011 5:01 PM

    THE CHARGERS’ SPECIAL TEAMS WILL BE THEIR DEMISE AGAIN. HAHAHAHHAHA!!!! THIS TEAM HAS GONE DOWNWARD SINCE SHOTTY LEFT. THEY HAD THAT ONE GOOD YEAR RIGHT AFTER, THEN DOWN, DOWN, DOWN. NORV TURNER IS AN OFF COORDINATOR, NOT A HEAD COACH. BIG THREE HALL OF FAMERS IN DALLAS MADE HIM LOOK REAL GOOD…BETTER THAN HE IS.

  5. go619chargers says: Sep 12, 2011 5:24 PM

    @managod777

    First of all, writing in all capitals is annoying as heck.. Yes your right, the Chargers have definitely declined since schotty left but they are still a super talented team. I’m a huge fan and I’m not sold on them being super bowl bound or anything but they will make the playoffs this year and play some good games. Also, watch out for Mathews! He needs to be in a lot more than he is and as soon as norv “I shouldn’t be a head coach” turner realizes that they will be 25% better as an offense. Defenses will start to fear Mathews!

  6. raider23mike says: Sep 12, 2011 6:26 PM

    Great, Now Janikowski can finally make the Pro Bowl.

  7. txhc says: Sep 12, 2011 6:44 PM

    You guys ought to look into Shayne Graham. I watched him in person with the Cowboys in a couple of training camp practices and he looked good. Looked solid in the preseason games too.

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