The Los Angeles Chargers will sign kicker Nick Rose, according to multiple reports Thursday, to handle kickoffs in their Sunday playoff game against the New England Patriots.
The team has yet to announce the move.
Michael Badgley has proven reliable as the Chargers' placekicker, making 5 of 6 field-goal attempts last week and 15 of 16 during the regular season. However, he has just nine touchbacks on 60 kickoffs (including playoffs) this season, easily the worst rate among qualified kickers.
Rose, who missed 2 of 3 field goal attempts with the Chargers in 2017, has 32 touchbacks on 47 career kickoffs since going undrafted out of Texas in 2016. He also converted on 10 of 11 field goal tries for the Washington Redskins in the first part of the 2017 season.
Patriots kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson averaged 28.8 yards per return in the regular season, scoring once.
"They have one of the best kick returners that I've seen in a long time," Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said earlier this week. "So that's going to be a heck of a challenge for our special teams. It's a good thing we have one of the better cover units in the league right now, but that's going to be a heck of a challenge."
Meanwhile, Chargers running back Melvin Gordon was back at practice on a limited basis Thursday and vowed to play through his left knee sprain.
"Just hurt it a little bit," Gordon said. "Throw a little dirt on it, I'll be all right."
Gordon reportedly has a light sprain in his left knee after missing three games late in the year with a similar injury to his right knee. All indications are that he will play Sunday.
Center Mike Pouncey returned to a full practice Thursday after missing Wednesday's session with a thumb injury.