Chargers sign Jeff Baca, place Mike Scifres on IR


The season of longtime Chargers punter Mike Scifres is over.

Injured in a December 7 loss to the Patriots, the Chargers had held off on placing Scifres on season ending injured reserve in hopes that he would be able to return for the post season. That will not happen now.

Mat McBriar was signed to fill in for Scifres who suffered a broken clavicle. The Chargers can clinch a playoff spot with a win against the Chiefs, who will be starting Chase Daniel, on Sunday.

The decision to place Scifres on IR came as the Chargers needed yet another center. Jeff Baca has been signed off the practice squad with Chris Wyatt questionable with an ankle injury. The Chargers have had five different players appear at center this year.

Right now the Chargers are not planning to place running back Ryan Mathews or wide receiver Keenan Allen on IR. Mathews will not play on Sunday while Allen is doubtful.