Report: Chargers’ Kaeding Kicked w/Cracked Leg

Nate Kaeding Kicks With Broken Leg

It appears the Chargers like to keep their boo-boos secret. After Philip Rivers admitted to playing against the Patriots without an ACL, the SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE learns that kicker Nate Kaeding was booting field goals with a broken leg.

A person “familiar with the situation” said that Kaeding’s lower left leg was injured back on Dec. 24 against the Broncos, yet the kicker continued to play in San Diego’s last 5 games. Even with a fractured plant leg, Kaeding scored all 12 of the Chargers’ points in the AFC Championship Game.

The team had claimed that Kaeding’s injury was only a ‘bruise’, while also declaring Rivers’ torn ACL as just a ’sprained MCL’. But you have to admire Nate’s bravado in soldiering on despite the broken limb.

At least he’s luckier than other athletes who suffered similar injuries. Maybe Balboa Park will erect an upside-down statue in his honor.

Or it could be the inspiring leadership of Norv Turner that convinces so many Chargers to play while wounded.

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