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Dolphins place Dan Carpenter on IR, sign Nate Kaeding


The Dolphins will have a new kicker for the final two weeks of the season.

They announced Friday that Dan Carpenter has been placed on injured reserve with a groin injury and that they have signed former Chargers kicker Nate Kaeding to replace him. Carpenter made 21-of-29 field goals for the Dolphins this season, the third year of a four-year deal he signed with the team in 2010.

It’s the second straight year that Carpenter has dealt with a groin injury, although there wasn’t a big drop in his production from past years as a result of the injury. His 81.5 percent conversion rate on field goals this season is right on track with his career mark of 81.9 percent and there wasn’t a significant difference in his work on kickoffs either.

Kaeding was released by the Chargers earlier this season after suffering a groin injury. He made all seven of his field goal attempts in the three games he played before getting the boot and has made 87 percent of his kicks over the course of his career. He’s been shakier in the postseason, but that’s not a major concern in Miami this season.

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7 Responses to “Dolphins place Dan Carpenter on IR, sign Nate Kaeding”
  1. maniakalol says: Dec 21, 2012 11:54 AM

    Ive hated Dan “shoulda been a” Carpenter since he blew those kicks against the Jets and Cardinals, and Browns last year.

  2. bettis3636 says: Dec 21, 2012 11:56 AM

    There goes Jeff Reeds comeback!! Watch out bathroom towel racks!!

  3. mrgroovesd says: Dec 21, 2012 11:58 AM

    Glad big head Kaeding found a job for 2 weeks.

  4. darthbaiter says: Dec 21, 2012 12:02 PM

    Good thing the Dolphins aren’t going to the playoffs.


  5. joetoronto says: Dec 21, 2012 12:21 PM

    Kaeding has been Norvanized, he’s as soft up stairs as they come.

  6. m3phitic says: Dec 21, 2012 1:53 PM

    One pain in the groin for another.

  7. billsfaninmiami says: Dec 21, 2012 2:49 PM

    Carpenter would stink under water.

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