Nate Kaeding and Luis Castillo: Chargers Suffer Potential Season-Ending Injuries

Michael CallahamContributor IISeptember 12, 2011

DENVER - JANUARY 02:  Place kicker Nate Kaeding #10 of the San Diego Chargers kicks a 45 yard field goal in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at INVESCO Field at Mile High on January 2, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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The Chargers' impressive comeback victory against the Minnesota Vikings on opening day may have come at a very steep price for San Diego. blogger Jason La Canfora is reporting that San Diego Chargers place kicker Nate Kaeding may very well be lost for the season, after what was a hard-fought win against visiting Minnesota.

According to La Canfora, Kaeding suffered a torn ACL while attempting to make a play on a Percy Harvin's 103-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Kaeding will have an MRI on Monday morning, but the preliminary signs have not been encouraging.

It appears that the Chargers may have lost starting defensive end Luis Castillo for the year as well. Chargers beat-writer Kevin Acee is reporting that Castillo, who suffered a broken leg during the season opener, could be out for the entire year pending the results of his scheduled MRI.

According to Acee, there is at least some good news on the Chargers injury front, however. It appears that, at least at this point, running back Mike Tolbert will not miss any significant playing time.

Tolbert, who suffered an unknown knee injury during the fourth quarter against the Vikings during the home opener, is also scheduled for an MRI, but the test is merely seen as a precautionary measure at this point.

With the Chargers' depth at defensive line, San Diego can likely survive without Castillo's services.

However, if the preliminary reports are correct, they'll be in the market for a new placekicker come Monday afternoon. Kaeding, one of the most accurate kickers in NFL history, will surely be missed.