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NFL Rumors: Will Nate Kaeding be ready for Week 8?

Nate Kaeding San Diego Chargers

Kyle Terada-US Presswire

Nate Kaeding was a third round pick by the San Diego Chargers in the 2004 NFL Draft.

In Kaeding’s career, he has converted 87 percent of his field goal attempts making him the most accurate kicker among active players and the most accurate kicker in NFL history. Kaeding suffered a right groin injury prior to a week four game against the Kansas City Chiefs and has not played since the injury happened.

According to Michael Gehlken of utsandiego.com, Kaeding plans on being ready for San Diego’s next game which is on the road against the Cleveland Browns on October 28, 2012. Kaeding was quoted as saying “If we keep progressing like we are, I think that’s realistic.  We’ll just keep at it this week, and hope that it responds well when we can get into it next week.”

Kaeding tore his ACL last season against the Minnesota Vikings and missed 15 of the 16 regular season games. Nick Novak was his replacement and only converted 79 percent of his field goal attempts which ranked 24th out of 36 kickers. Novak has been better so far because he has converted 83 percent of his field goal attempts this season in the absence of Kaeding.

Kaeding’s worst season in terms of field goal percentage was 80 percent while Novak’s best season was at 80 percent which shows how big of a drop off San Diego could expect if Kaeding misses more games. The kicker position can often be overlooked, but Kaeding is valuable to the Lightning Bolts.

Kaeding should be ready to go against Cleveland, but if he is not, it may be time for serious concern because he said that he was day-to-day when the injury happened, and he already missed three games in three weeks.