AFC East: Nate Kaeding

Dolphins sign kicker Nate Kaeding

December, 21, 2012
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The Miami Dolphins signed veteran kicker Nate Kaeding, the team announced Friday. Incumbent kicker Dan Carpenter was hampered by a groin injury and placed on injured reserve.

Keading is a former two-time Pro Bowl selection with the San Diego Chargers. He will replace Carpenter for the rest of the season.

Miami has been fortunate with injuries all season, but the injury bug is hurting the team in December. In addition to Carpenter, Miami could be without starting wide receivers Davone Bess and/or Brian Hartline, who are dealing with back injuries.

The Dolphins will host the Buffalo Bills Sunday at Sun Life Stadium.

Kris Brown could get another shot at Pats

November, 30, 2010
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ESPNNewYork.com reporter Rich Cimini has updated Monday night's story about the New York Jets working out a kicker Tuesday as a possible replacement for the erratic Nick Folk: The unrevealed veteran Kris Brown, the former Pittsburgh Steelers, Houston Texans and (for three games this year) San Diego Chargers kicker.

Brown is in his 12th season. He has made 77.3 percent of his field goals, 69.9 percent from 40 to 49 yards away and 53.3 percent from 50 yards and farther.

If the Jets sign Brown, he could have a chance to sting the New England Patriots on Monday night. He failed in an opportunity to make the Patriots pay for a controversial decision to go for it on fourth down from their own 49-yard line against the Chargers in Week 7.

Brown, in his first game as an injury replacement for Nate Kaeding, hit the right upright on a 50-yard field goal attempt with 22 seconds left to play. Had Brown made the kick, the game at Qualcomm Stadium would have gone into overtime.

Rapid Reaction: Jets 17, Chargers 14

January, 17, 2010
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SAN DIEGO -- The New York Jets are one game away from the Super Bowl.

Everybody laughed when Rex Ryan declared at his introductory news conference he expected to visit the White House as championship guests of Barack Obama.

And we laughed again when Ryan declared his team mathematically eliminated from the playoffs with two games left in the regular season.

Now they're preparing for the AFC championship game after a stunning victory Sunday. The Jets staggered the San Diego Chargers 17-14 in Qualcomm Stadium.

The Jets will play the Indianapolis Colts next Sunday in Lucas Oil Field. The winner goes to the Super Bowl.

How about that?

San Diego kicker Nate Kaeding helped quite a bit. He missed three field goals.

The Jets scored all of their points in the second half, capitalizing on a pair of Philip Rivers interceptions -- one by Darrelle Revis that will make the highlight reels and another by Jim Leonhard that set up the Jets to take the lead.

Rivers threw nine interceptions in 2009.

Jets rookie running back Shonn Greene was the difference-maker on offense. Thomas Jones wasn't getting it done and finished with 14 attempts for 41 yards.

Greene was the catalyst. He provided a spark at the end of the first half that carried over. Greene ran 23 times for 128 yards, including a 53-yard touchdown sprint to put the Jets on top by 10 points in the fourth quarter.

Rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez was passable. He completed 12 of 23 passes for 100 yards, one touchdown to tight end Dustin Keller and a bad interception the Chargers didn't convert.

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