The Philadelphia Eagles have a new kicker. The team has signed free agent Caleb Sturgis. In a corresponding move, the team has placed Cody Parkey on injured reserve. Per NFL insider Ian Rapoport:
The #Eagles are placing K Cody Parkey on IR with a groin injury, out for the season. They will sign Caleb Sturgis, sources say— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 28, 2015
This news was expected. Reports from earlier on Monday indicated Parkey aggravated a groin injury and the Eagles were trying out kickers to replace him. Sturgis was one of the six known veterans the Eagles hosted. According to Mike Garafolo, Sturgis and Kai Forbath were the two finalists.
Here's what we wrote about Sturgis earlier:
The former Miami Dolphins kicker is only 26 years old. He's kicked 77.5% through 32 career games over the past two seasons. Sturgis isn't a liability when it comes to kicking it through the end zone but he's nothing special either. 47.2% of his kickoffs have gone for touchbacks.
Sturgis isn't a particularly inspiring option. The 2013 fifth round pick was disappointing during his tenure with the Miami Dolphins. Sturgis is 20 of 32 (62.5%) on field goal attempts from 40 yards or more for his career. He's six of 13 (46.2%) on 50 yards or more. But like it or not, he's the Eagles' kicker now.
As for Parkey, it's obviously a disappointing end to his season for both him and the team. The 23-year-old kicker really impressed as a rookie. He made the Pro Bowl and broke the Eagles' single-season record for points scored. Now he won't be able to play until next year.
Stay tuned - more updates coming.