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San Diego Chargers sign punter Mat McBriar

The San Diego Chargers won't have veteran punter Mike Scifres around for the final three games of the regular season, so they have called upon veteran Mat McBriar to replace him.

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It's been about a decade since Mike Scifres hasn't been the starting punter for the San Diego Chargers, and Darren Bennett had the job for about eight years before that. There's a chance you've never seen any starting punter for the Chargers besides those two and are legally of age to vote and buy cigarettes. A good chance, actually.

Well, with Mike Scifres requiring surgery and a lengthy apology from Donald Brown for his broken clavicle, the team has signed veteran punter and former Aussie Rules footballer Mat McBriar to fill in for the rest of the season. Scifres, who still has two more seasons on his contract, will return as the team's starting punter at the beginning of next season.

McBriar spent eight seasons punting for the Dallas Cowboys, up until 2012, when he signed with the rival Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles didn't bring him back, which led to about a half-season of punting with the Steelers last year.

This is about as good of a punter as you're going to find on the street this late in the season, but he's not going win any games by himself.