The Miami Dolphins starting kicker from the 2013 season, Caleb Sturgis, is still dealing with a nagging groin injury that will keep him out of the Dolphins third preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys this weekend.
Sturgis has already missed the first two preseason games, and his job that looked secure prior to training camp seems to be in jeopardy now. The Dolphins selected Sturgis in the fifth round last year out of the University of Florida. As a rookie, Sturgis started off his NFL career strong making big field goals consistently for the Dolphins team.
As the season progressed, however, Sturgis’ accuracy waned as injuries began to wear him down. Coming into this offseason, Sturgis was determined to get through the preseason healthy, but early on in training camp he injured his groin.
Now weeks later Strugis’ groin problem has not gone away, and he actually reaggravated the injury while warming up for the Dolphins last preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Dolphins signed former Redskin John Potter to replace Sturgis this past weekend, and he looked impressive during his tryout. Potter easily nailed 51 and 48 yard field goals to help the Dolphins procure the 20-14 victory.
When head coach Joe Philbin was asked about the starting kicker position recently, the prognosis did not sound great for Sturgis. “We’ll see. We’ve got a lot of time. We’re open to anything. We haven’t named any kicker. I don’t know who’s going to be kicking for the New England game yet.”
The Dolphins open up the season against the Patriots on September 7th, and Caleb Sturgis may not be the starter for week 1.
[h/t Fox Sports]