NFL news of December 18, 2002

 morten andersen kansas city chiefs

Morten Andersen, the second-leading scorer in N.F.L. history, was placed on injured reserve yesterday and will miss Kansas City’s final two games. That ends Andersen’s streak of consecutive games 34 short of the league record.

Andersen, a left-footed place-kicker for the Chiefs, will have arthroscopic surgery on his right knee to repair cartilage damage. He hurt the knee during warm-ups before a game against the Jets at Giants Stadium on Oct. 6.

A 21-year veteran, Andersen has played in 248 consecutive games, second to Jim Marshall‘s 282. ”But what’s important is my long-term goal,” said Andersen, 42. ”My goal is to play until I’m 50.”

With 117 points this season, he went over 100 for an N.F.L.-record 14th season. He needs 55 points to pass Gary Anderson (2,207) as the N.F.L.’s leading scorer. Anderson, 43, remains active with Minnesota.

— The New York Times “Andersen’s Streak Is Short of Record”

Andersen retired in 2008 after 25 seasons in the NFL. He still holds over twenty NFL records, including most games played (382) and most career points (2,544).

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