Ian Rapoport reports that Charters P Mike Scifres is undergoing surgery on his broken clavicle Monday morning and should be back for the playoffs if San Diego is able to get in.
- According to La Canfora, the concern is that Scifries may have fractured his clavicle.
- La Canfora adds that Scifres will undergo further testing in the coming days, but this could threaten the remainder of his 2014 season.
Scifres took a hard hit from Patriots RB Brandon Bolden that left him corkscrewing in the air and ultimately landing directly on his shoulder. It was evident that Scifres’ injury was serious, as he remained down for a good period of time.
Nick Novak has been forced to take over as the team’s punter, but it seems likely that the Chargers will be hosting free agents for workouts next week.
Scifres, 34, still has another three years remaining on his six-year, $20 million contract that included $9 million guaranteed. He stands to make a base salary of $3.25 million for the 2015 season.
This season, Scifres ranks No. 17 in the league in terms of average net punting yards and No. 12 in punts downed inside the 20-yard-line. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 11 punter out of 34 qualifying players this season.