According to an AP report on sportsillustrated.cnn.com, San Diego Chargers kicker Nate Kaeding will not play in tomorrow’s road game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Kaeding was listed as questionable with a groin injury and will not travel to KC.
According to that same article, former Chargers kicker Nick Novak is in Kansas City discussing a possible contract with the team. Novak became San Diego’s primary kicker last year after Kaeding tore his ACL in the regular season opener.
Novak was 27-34 in field goal attempts during the 2011 NFL season and 41-42 in extra point attempts. Novak converted 79 percent of his field goals last season which ranked 24th out of 36 kickers.
Novak’s best season in terms of field goal percentage was in 2005 when he played five games with the Arizona Cardinals and five with the Washington Redskins. Novak converted 80 percent of his field goals that season, but only had 10 attempts.
In his career, Novak has converted 72 percent of his field goal attempts which ranks last among active players with enough attempts to qualify.
This would be a downgrade again because Kaeding has converted 87 percent of his kicks making him the most accurate kicker among active players and the most accurate kicker in NFL history.
Kaeding was listed as questionable, so hopefully this groin injury will not make him miss more than this week’s game against Kansas City. Kaeding has converted all seven of his field goal attempts this season including three from at least 40 yards.
The Chargers need to be a juggernaut on offense to make sure that Kaeding’s injury is not a factor in tomorrow’s game.