Oct 2, 2011; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals kicker Mike Nugent (2) kicks the winning field goal with seconds left in the game against the Buffalo Bills at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals defeated the Bills 23-20. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

Nate Kaeding may Kick Sunday in place of Injured Mike Nugent



The Bengals have been blessed for the most part with the reliability of kicker Mike Nugent over the past two seasons. He set Bengals single-season records for points (132) and field goals (33) last season while his base salary last year was $685,000. Because of an injury-riddled past, the Bengals opted to use the franchise tag to make him prove he could keep up that consisnency both injury-wise and kicking-wise.

He’s currently converting 82.6% of his kicks this year, so kicking-wise he’s doing fine. However, he was absent from practice toady with a reported calf injury, and the team is concerned enough that they are bringing in free agent kicker Nate Kaeding in for a tryout on Thursday.

If Nugent is out for this week against the Dallas Cowboys and Kaeding is forced into duty, it wouldn’t be necessarily a downgrade, as he is the most accurate field goal kicker in NFL history having made 87.0% of his attempts. So why is he a free agent? Kaeding was released in late October by the San Diego Chargers with a groin injury after playing his entire eight-year NFL career with the Chargers.


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