Nate Kaeding's Injury Will End His Season, Chargers Confirm

The news is as bad as initially feared: Chargers K Nate Kaeding tore his ACL and is out for the season.

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Nate Kaeding Injury: Chargers Kicker Will Miss Season With Possible ACL Tear

San Diego Chargers' kicker Nate Kaeding will miss the 2011 NFL season with a knee injury, ESPN's Adam Schefter confirms. Kaeding was carted off the field after the opening kickoff of Sunday's victory over the Vikings with what tests revealed was likely a torn ACL. Punter Mike Scifres filled in, booting a 40-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 17 apiece.

Still, the Chargers could struggle if forced to rely on a punter for their field goal needs this season. Kaeding has been one of the most consistent kickers in the league throughout his eight-year career, having connected on 86.5 percent of his kicks. Expect the Chargers to look towards free agency for a replacement, where names like Clint Stitser and Kris Brown could be in line for a call-up.

For more on the Chargers' kicking situation, head over to the SB Nation blog Bolts From The Blue.

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Nate Kaeding Injury: San Diego Chargers Kicker May Have Torn ACL

Chargers K Nate Kaeding might be done for the season as initial tests have revealed he has a torn ACL, according to a report. P Mike Scifres filled in for Kaeding during the Chargers' season opening victory.

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