There have been a lot of questions about the kicking situation, so here’s what’s up as of this morning:
— Neil Rackers is battling a right groin injury and has been for a while now. He seemed to have it get worse in pregame Monday, and the reason Rackers’ kickoffs were so out of the ordinary and short was because the coaches told him to pull back so he wouldn’t create more problems for himself. He was hurting afterward and when I bumped into him Tuesday, he acknowledged he was pretty sore.
— Coach Ken Whisenhunt said the team could have to sign someone for the short-term. Don’t be surprised to see the Cards ink former Jets and Bucs kicker Mike Nugent, although Whisenhunt said the team can wait until later in the week to make a move.
— To me, that makes sense. Having someone like Nugent or any other kicker would allow Rackers to rest at least a week if not a couple. Obviously, Rackers brings so much to the table outside of field goals and extra points — like his various weaponry on kickoffs, including onsides, and his ability to be an 11th tackler on the kickoff coverage unit — the Cards need him for the postseason.
— If the Cards did have to turn to an emergency kicker in a game, it’d be Tim Hightower, I believe. Punter Ben Graham, with his background as an Aussie Rules guy, doesn’t have a lot (if any) of placekicking experience. I don’t know how Hightower would do on kickoffs, but I’ve seen him enough to think he could kick extra points and shorter field goals.
Tags: Ben Graham, Mike Nugent, Neil Rackers, Tim Hightower
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