Chargers officially added cornerback Chris Carr to their roster this morning.
They had to release someone to make room for him.
Many in the media speculated that Nate Kaeding, who suffered a groin injury last week, would be the likely victim. As it turns out, however, Kaeding will be staying put in San Diego, for now.
“By releasing [wide receiver Michael] Spurlock, the Chargers are choosing to wait, at least for now, for kicker Nate Kaeding,” reported Michael Gehlken of the U-T San Diego. “He missed Sunday’s game with a groin injury and is considered week to week.”
Spurlock could never find a prominent role with the Chargers. He was the backup punt and kick returner behind Eddie Royal and Richard Goodman, respectively. In other words, he was expendable.
So expendable, that the Chargers will carry two kickers on their roster. Which seems to be only delaying the inevitable.
Norv Turner told the U-T San Diego on Monday that he wouldn’t expect Kaeding to return to kicking duties any time soon.
If so, and if this injury lingers, the Chargers will probably end up releasing Kaeding eventually. After all, they always seems to experience an avalanche of injuries at some point in a season.
And so far (read: thankfully), it hasn’t happened yet.
But when it does, the Chargers will need to shore up other, more important positions.
And Nate Kaeding will be the guy packing his bags to make room.
Flashes of Lightning
- Sean Payton will reportedly be attending the Saints-Chargers game on Sunday night.
- Michael Spurlock will remain in San Diego, in hopes of the Chargers signing him back later this season.