San Diego Chargers place Kaeding on Injured-Reserve and sign Danario Alexander

By Jeremy Meyer

The San Diego Chargers have placed kicker Nate Kaeding, the NFL’s all-time field goal accuracy leader, on the “Reserve-Injured” list and signed wide receiver Danario Alexander to a one-year contract today. Kaeding, who injured his groin during practice on Friday, Sept. 28, is expected to be released once he is healthy.

“Sometimes you have to make very difficult decisions and we needed to create a roster spot for Danario,” said Head Coach Norv Turner of the decision. “I’ve said before that Nate is one of the greatest kickers I’ve been around in this league and his accomplishments over the last eight years speak for themselves.”

Kaeding also spent nearly the entire 2011 season on “Reserve-Injured” after tearing the ACL in his left knee on the opening kickoff of the ’11 season. He won the kicking job during the preseason and converted his first seven field goal attempts this season with a long of 45 yards, but injured the groin two days before the Chargers’ Week 4 contest in Kansas City. He will likely conclude his Chargers’ career having converted 180 of 207 field goal tries, a career percentage of 87.0. He ranks second in team history in field goals made and third in both points scored (889) and career attempts.

Nick Novak re-signed with the team following Kaeding’s injury and has made five of his six field goal attempts and all 10 point-after tries.  His lone miss was from 55 yards.

In Alexander, the Chargers add a 6-foot-5, 217-pound third-year player from the University of Missouri. He signed with the St Louis Rams as an undrafted free agent in 2010 and made the squad. Alexander played in eight games with two starts as a rookie, catching 20 passes for 306 yards and a touchdown. In his second season, Alexander appeared in 10 games, starting five, and caught 26 passes for 431 yards and a pair of scores. The Rams released him prior to the start of the 2012 season. In college, Alexander was a teammate of Chargers linebacker Andrew Gachkar.

Alexander will wear No. 84 for the Bolts.

The Chargers also signed wide receiver Kashif Moore to the practice squad. Moore is a rookie from the University of Connecticut who went to camp with the Cincinnati Bengals and spent one week on Indianapolis Colts’ practice squad. To make room for Moore on the practice squad, the Chargers waived fellow wide receiver Marques Clark.

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