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Nate Kaeding done in San Diego, could play elsewhere this year

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Chargers kicker Nate Kaeding, who has missed San Diego’s last three games with a groin injury, is done with the team.

The Chargers announced today that they have placed Kaeding on injured reserve. However, Kevin Acee of U-T San Diego reports that Kaeding could be back on the field with another team in as little as a few weeks, because the Chargers are expected to release Kaeding as soon as he can pass a physical.

After missing all but Week One of last season with a torn ACL, Kaeding returned and played well for the Chargers this year, going 7-for-7 on field goals. But Kaeding’s groin injury caused the Chargers to sign kicker Nick Novak, and now Kaeding’s tenure with the Chargers will come to an end after nine seasons.

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23 Responses to “Nate Kaeding done in San Diego, could play elsewhere this year”
  1. kelly says: Oct 22, 2012 1:30 PM

    good riddance, most unclutch kicker in history, thanks for nothing

  2. joetoronto says: Oct 22, 2012 1:31 PM

    This is why AJ Smith gets paid the big bucks, it was the kicker that was the problem all along.

    Who knew?

  3. krissharvey says: Oct 22, 2012 1:31 PM

    Another player that was selected in the Eli Manning trade. I have to admit, it looked pretty good at first.
    Eli was slow to develop and Rivers was a gunner. Plus they got Shawne Merriman with the Giants first pick the next year. Kaeding was rock solid but missed a couple clutch kicks in the post season.

    Merriman hasn’t made an impact in years, Rivers looks terrible and has never won anything meaningful and now this. I’d say a new era in Chargers football is indeed in the air.

    I just remember all those bitter Chargers fans taunting Giants fans over the trade. I think you judged too quickly.

  4. fat4jc says: Oct 22, 2012 1:35 PM

    Man, I was hoping Kaeding would continue to stick with the Chargers.

  5. bambi19td says: Oct 22, 2012 1:43 PM

    It has been a great run, Nate. Good luck to you!

  6. randyschwimmer7 says: Oct 22, 2012 1:44 PM

    Well that is that. The Chargers must be thankful they don’t have Nick Novak playing for them……wait, what? They are going with Novak? YIKES.

  7. schmitty2 says: Oct 22, 2012 1:48 PM

    Kaeding-great in the regular season but come post season……..

  8. powayslugger says: Oct 22, 2012 1:49 PM

    We’ve been calling for Nate’s leg since he missed those FGs against the damn Jets. Well he’s gone… does anyone think it will make a difference?

    He was rock solid during the regular season but a total choker in the playoffs… but really… we haven’t been to the playoffs for the past two season’s and it looks like this will make it three in a row.

    Maybe if Norv was getting fired that would have an impact… but Nate?

    The Chargers- my Chargers- have become a bunch of soft underachieving prima donnas ever since Marty got fired… and the Super Bowl window has closed. Hey Dean Spanos… it’s time to reload and rebuild. Start with a new coach….PLEASE!

  9. yaryers says: Oct 22, 2012 2:00 PM

    Kaeding is a microcosm of the Chargers:

    Was great in the regular season, choked in the playoffs, hasn’t been heard from in the last two years.

  10. carlsbadboltfan says: Oct 22, 2012 2:07 PM

    joetoronto says: Oct 22, 2012 1:31 PM

    This is why AJ Smith gets paid the big bucks, it was the kicker that was the problem all along.

    Who knew?

    —————————————————————–

    By all means, lets draft a kicker in the first round. I mean no one has done that. Only the Raiders would do something that dumb. Oh wait…they did.

  11. brenenostler says: Oct 22, 2012 2:08 PM

    Dang, now this is a surprise. Isn’t he the best regular season kicker in the NFL?

  12. sisqsage says: Oct 22, 2012 2:18 PM

    Great leg, but always had a case of the yips on thus crucial kicks like a golfer who can’t sink a short put to win a major.

  13. cooklynn17 says: Oct 22, 2012 2:25 PM

    Hey San Diego, how is the Eli Manning trade looking now?

  14. siaaa says: Oct 22, 2012 2:32 PM

    how does that Eli trade look now??

  15. gochargersgo says: Oct 22, 2012 2:33 PM

    krissharvey says:Oct 22, 2012 1:31 PM

    Another player that was selected in the Eli Manning trade. I have to admit, it looked pretty good at first.
    Eli was slow to develop and Rivers was a gunner. Plus they got Shawne Merriman with the Giants first pick the next year. Kaeding was rock solid but missed a couple clutch kicks in the post season.

    Merriman hasn’t made an impact in years, Rivers looks terrible and has never won anything meaningful and now this. I’d say a new era in Chargers football is indeed in the air.

    I just remember all those bitter Chargers fans taunting Giants fans over the trade. I think you judged too quickly.

    I must admit, I was one of those fans. A chargers fan living in NY, nonetheless. I wouldnt say bitter, but definitely willing to rub it in his face that he chose NY over SD considering our success and the Giants lacktherof. Stubborn Giant fans were never willing to admit we got the better of the trade. Eventually, however, the tables would turn and they would be correct. Im just hoping there is still time for the tables to turn once more.

  16. broncfanor says: Oct 22, 2012 2:55 PM

    I don’t know why some of you are talking trash about the Manning trade.

    The Chargers weren’t given a choice. Eli was refusing to play for the Chargers so what else could they do but get what they could?

  17. thisisthepainkiller says: Oct 22, 2012 3:38 PM

    I am happy he is gone; but i do remember he went 4 for 4 against the pats in the 2008 AFC championship when the offense could not score ( rivers gimping, LT pouting on the sideline ).

    Now the cheating …

    … the Norv’ings will continue until Spanos does … oh he wont.

  18. gates85 says: Oct 22, 2012 3:56 PM

    Nate Kaeding is a post season choker! There are countless of times where this guy ruined it for the chargers.

  19. joetoronto says: Oct 22, 2012 4:58 PM

    It’s Monday, time to dust the empty trophy case.

  20. mullman76 says: Oct 22, 2012 5:22 PM

    Still nothing from natelan69….

    Hopefully it stays that way.

  21. silverbleedblack says: Oct 22, 2012 9:19 PM

    carlsbadboltfan says: Oct 22, 2012 2:07 PM

    joetoronto says: Oct 22, 2012 1:31 PM

    This is why AJ Smith gets paid the big bucks, it was the kicker that was the problem all along.

    Who knew?

    —————————————————————–

    By all means, lets draft a kicker in the first round. I mean no one has done that. Only the Raiders would do something that dumb. Oh wait…they did.

    2011-Corey Liuget
    2010-Ryan Matthews
    2009-Larry English
    2008—Antoine Cason, CB, Arizona 2007—Craig Davis, WR, Louisiana St 2006—Antonio Cromartie, CB, Florida St 2005—Shawne Merriman, LB, Maryland (from NY Giants) Luis Castillo, DT, Northwestern 2004—Eli Manning, QB, Mississippi 2003—Sammy Davis, CB, Texas A&M 2002—Quentin Jammer, CB, Texas 2001—LaDainian Tomlinson, RB, Texas Christian 2000—NO PICK 1999—NO PICK 1998—Ryan Leaf, QB, Washington St (from Arizona) 1997—NO PICK 1996—NO PICK 1995—NO PICK 1994—NO PICK 1993—Darrien Gordon, CB, Stanford 1992—NO PICK Chris Mims, DE, Tennessee (from Houston) 1991—Stanley Richard, S, Texas

    I would take 15-20 years of one of the most powerful, accurate kickers of all time over your picks from the last 20+ years, except for LT and Eli, ah Eli..LOL Chargers are a joke. You choke.

  22. raiderapologist says: Oct 22, 2012 11:12 PM

    carlsbadboltfan says: Oct 22, 2012 2:07 PM

    By all means, lets draft a kicker in the first round. I mean no one has done that. Only the Raiders would do something that dumb. Oh wait…they did.
    ————–
    Dumb? The Raiders have done it twice, and it’s worked both times. Janikowski was drafted in 2000 and is still kicking the crap out of the ball. He was drafted 17th. Every team in the league has burned higher picks on guys that have busted out since then. Oh wait..you’re dumb.

  23. sandiegosportswire says: Oct 23, 2012 10:34 AM

    This will be a great move if the Chargers make the post season… But they will probably miss the post season now bc of a regular season field goal shank by Novak!

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