SEATTLE -- Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn had been patient enough.
The Chargers signed Sturgis in the offseason to a two-year, $4.5 million contract that included $2.25 million guaranteed, with the hope that he would be the Bolts' long-term solution at kicker.
Sturgis won a kicking competition with Roberto Aguayo in training camp but has been inconsistent and injury-prone all season.
The 29-year-old kicker's latest regression is the most troubling. On Sunday, Sturgis hooked all three missed kicks wide left. Fortunately for the Chargers, they still found a way to defeat the Seattle Seahawks on the road 25-17.
Quarterback Philip Rivers was caught on camera directing his frustrations toward Sturgis after he missed the first extra point. Sturgis has missed extra points in four straight games and field goals in three straight games.
The Chargers waived Michael Badgely earlier this week, after he made all of his kicks and extra points when Sturgis was out for two weeks with a strained quad. Badgley cleared waivers, and the Chargers added him to the team's practice squad.
He could be back on the active roster soon. Asked Sunday if Sturgis would remain on the roster, Lynn said he would take a closer look at the kicking situation on Monday.
"You just don't throw them out when they're down," Lynn said. "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 tomorrow."
Badgley should be the Chargers' starting kicker moving forward. He made all three of his field goals, including a long of 44 yards, and all seven extra points during his two-week audition for the job while Sturgis was hurt. Badgley is the sixth kicker during Lynn's 24 games as the Chargers head coach.
Yes, Badgley had only two of 12 kickoffs result in touchbacks, but he's the closest thing to a reliable kicker that the Chargers have had since the start of the 2017 season. If they expect to make a deep run in the playoffs, they are going to need a reliable kicker in the clutch.
Sturgis was not the answer.
Rivers tried to show patience on Sunday, but the veteran quarterback's patience was wearing thin.
"We handled that adversity and rallied," Rivers said Sunday. "Obviously, everybody is pulling for Caleb, you know? You don't want to see anybody not have success. He's frustrated. We're all frustrated, but we found a way to overcome it this week."