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Chargers Officially Release Kicker Nate Kaeding

Kaeding played nine seasons with the Bolts

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    In Sept. 2011, Kaeding is attended to by a member of the medical staff after suffering a leg injury against the Minnesota Vikings.

    Kicker Nate Kaeding has been officially released from reserve/injured list, the team announced Tuesday.

    Kaeding is now free to be picked up by other teams.

    Kaeding suffered an injury to his left ACL in 2011 and returned healthy to the team for the start of the 2012 season. Recently he was sidelined again with a groin injury. This is the third straight season Kaeding has missed time due to injury.

    "I think the world of Nate," said head coach Norv Turner in a previous article. "He's been a great player for us."

    Nick Novak, who had filled in for Kaeding in 2011, was brought back for the Sept. 30 game against the Kansas City Chiefs and Oct. 7 game against the Broncos.

    During the 2011 season, Novak spent the final 15 games with the Chargers and connected on 27 of 34 field goal attempts.

    He was released on the final cut prior to the start of this season.

    The San Diego resident trained between seasons at San Diego State University. Now playing again for Kaeding, he's been kicking so well the Chargers decided to formalize his position on the team with the announcement of Kaeding's release.