Chargers kicker Michael Badgley ruled doubtful for opener

September 7, 2019

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Chargers kicker Michael Badgley has been downgraded to doubtful for Sunday's regular-season opener against Indianapolis.

Badgley suffered a groin injury during Friday's practice. Coach Anthony Lynn said then that if Badgley was unable to play, Ty Long would handle both punting and kicking duties. Long did both the past two seasons with the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian Football League.

Badgley signed with the Chargers midway through last season and went 15 of 16 on field goals. He set the team record with a 58-yard field goal in the Week 14 victory over Cincinnati. If Long handles field goal and extra-point duties, he would be the team's seventh placekicker since the start of the 2017 season.