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San Francisco kicker David Akers has struggled this season, but some of the issues may be due to complications from offseason surgery.
David Akers's recent struggles have been well documented, but the San Francisco kicker revealed on Thursday that an injury may be at least some part of the problem.
Akers said he has been dealing with complications from a double sports hernia surgery he had in February. While it's unknown how big of a role those complications have played, they could be part of the reason Akers has struggled this season. After making 84.6 percent of his field goal attempts last season, Akers has made 69 percent of his attempts this season.
He struggled even worse late in the season, making 61.1 percent of his kicks over the 49ers' final six regular season games. While his field goal accuracy has declined, Akers hasn't struggled on kickoffs. He's averaging 65.4 yards per kickoff, compared to 65.3 yards per kickoff last season.
With Akers struggling, the 49ers signed free agent kicker Billy Cundiff this week. Jim Harbaugh said the two will compete in practice, but he wasn't sure what the 49ers would do for their divisional matchup next week.