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Chargers Make Kicker Switch; Sign Badgley and Release Sturgis

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The Los Angeles Chargers announced a kicker change on Monday, signing Michael Badgley to the active roster from the practice squad while releasing Caleb Sturgis.

A rookie out of Miami, Badgley spent two weeks with the Bolts earlier this season while Sturgis was sidelined with a quad injury. He kicked in the team’s wins over the Cleveland Browns and Tennessee Titans, making all three of his field goal attempts with a long of 44 yards. He also connected on all seven of his extra point attempts. Overall, Badgley’s 16 total points were the most by a Charger without missing a kick in his first two games in franchise history. He was waived following the team’s bye but was immediately signed to the practice squad.

Before joining the Bolts, the 5-10, 183-pound kicker spent the offseason with the Indianapolis Colts. He appeared in four preseason games, making all five field goals, including a long of 51 yards, while drilling all five extra point attempts. Badgley also had a noteworthy four-year career kicking for the Miami Hurricanes from 2014-2017, making 77 of 97 attempts (79.4 percent) with a long of 57.

Meanwhile, Sturgis appeared in six games this season for the Chargers. He was 9-of-13 (69.2 percent) on field goals and 9-of-15 (60.0 percent) on extra points.

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