Kicker Harrison Butker won’t be able to play for the Kansas City Chiefs against the Los Angeles Chargers on Thursday night. After suffering an ankle injury in the Chiefs’ season-opening victory over the Arizona Cardinals, the team announced on Wednesday that Butker would not play in Week 2.
This week, K.C. added former Jets kicker Matt Ammendola to its practice squad. For Thursday’s game, which will be broadcast on Prime Video, he’s likely to be in a starting role.
During Week 1, Butker sprained his ankle while kicking off, but he came back in the second quarter to kick a 54-yard field goal on the damaged foot. Safety Sunday, in place of Butker, Justin Reid attempted both extra points and went one for two.
Trey Smith (ankle), who was limited earlier in the week, is listed as questionable for Saturday’s game. On Tuesday, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid told reporters that turf problems at State Farm Stadium contributed to Butker’s injury and rookie cornerback Trent McDuffie’s hamstring ailment, both of which forced them to place McDuffie on injured reserve.
New Chiefs kicker Matt Ammendola just missed a 59 yard FG. Was just short. Also hit right upright from 57, though thar one had plenty of distance pic.twitter.com/JkZMl6qDaX
— Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) September 15, 2022
They resodded it, which is great because they use it for practice, Reid added, as reported However, it was a touch loose. Sometimes after a resod job the soil becomes loose.
Each Butker and McDuffie were injured, and this was a part of both of their injuries. I’ll admit that the improvement in the turf probably contributed to that. Of course, I’d inform you if it didn’t work, too. It’s not an excuse, but you can see it. View the recording.
In a statement released to ProFootballTalk on Tuesday, the Cardinals defended the general quality and reputation of the turf at State Farm Stadium, saying that it had plenty of time to take root.
According to the spokesman, “the field at State Farm Stadium is frequently regarded among the finest, if not the best,” by NFL players, including in surveys done by the NFLPA. The field at State Farm Stadium, along with all NFL fields, is subjected to the league’s mandatory pre- and post-game testing and certification. Sunday, it not only lived up to but surpassed, those expectations.
Aside from cornerback J.C. Jackson (ankle), Keenan Allen (hamstring) and tight end Donald Parham (hamstring) have been ruled out for Thursday’s game for the Chargers. According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, Jackson will decide whether or not to play on game day.
Ammendola scored 109 points as a junior, good for fourth in the Big 12 Conference. When he started his junior year, he kicked twelve of thirteen field goals. After a rough stretch in which he missed five of six field goal attempts, he finished the season strong with three successful kicks. He captained the team in their game against Texas Tech.
Ammendola finished his senior year with 108 points, good for third place in the Big 12 and first place among kickers. Twenty of Ammendola’s 26 field goal attempts were successful.
In a game against Iowa State, he kicked a field goal from 49 yards out. He kicked 13 of his first 14 field goals, and he kicked 5 of his last 4 to seal the deal on a successful season. He captained the team in their game against TCU.
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