The Chargers also announced they signed kicker Michael Badgley to the active roster from the practice squad.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter initially reported the news after the 29-year-old kicker missed a 42-yard field goal attempt and two extra points in Sunday’s 25-17 win over the Seattle Seahawks.
“Not a surprise but significant: Chargers are releasing kicker Caleb Sturgis, per source,” Schefter wrote on Twitter.
Sturgis was making his return after sitting out two games in addition to the bye week with a strained quad. He misfired on three field-goal attempts and four extra-point bids prior to the injury and is 9 of 13 and 9 of 15, respectively, this season.
“You just don’t throw them out when they’re down,” head coach Anthony Lynn said of Sturgis after Sunday’s game. “We try and help them and bring them back. He did not kick well today, so we have to re-evaluate that situation. We’ll see (Monday).”
Sturgis signed a two-year contract for $4.5 million in the offseason that included $2.25 million guaranteed.
For his career, Sturgis is 120 of 150 on field goal attempts with the Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles and Chargers. He established career highs by converting 35 of 41 attempts for the Eagles in 2016.
Badgley, a rookie out of Miami, spent two weeks with the Chargers earlier this season while Sturgis was sidelined with the quad injury.
Badgley converted all 10 kicks (three field goals, seven extra points) he attempted in those games. Badgley cleared waivers, and the Chargers added him to the team’s practice squad, and now they have promoted him to the active roster.