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Ravens release kicker

UPDATED (5:37 p.m.)...

The Baltimore Ravens have waived kicker Steve Hauschka, the team announced Tuesday.

The Ravens turned their kicking job over to Hauschka and parted with veteran Matt Stover in the offseason. But Hauschka struggled, missing a would-be game-winning field goal against the Minnesota Vikings and a crucial kick against the Cincinnati Bengals. He missed again during Monday night's triumph at Cleveland.

"We entered the season knowing that we would have to go through some growing pains with Steve," Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome said in a written statement. "That happens with most new kickers in the NFL. But, for where we are as a team today, we need more consistent production from our kicker. Every one of our players has to step up to a Ravens' level of play, and that was not happening for Steve right now.

"While we do believe Steve will kick successfully in the league eventually, we need better right now. The string of important games coming up that are likely to be close, tough battles and his lack of production are reasons we needed to make this move now. We will sign a new kicker by tomorrow's practice."

The Ravens host the unbeaten Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.

Stover is to kick against the Ravens in that game. He was signed by the Colts to fill in for the injured Adam Vinatieri.

Last week, the Ravens worked out kickers Mike Nugent and Billy Cundiff but didn't immediately sign either one.

Hauschka connected on nine of 13 field goal attempts and 27 of 28 extra points this season.

By Mark Maske  |  November 17, 2009; 3:35 PM ET  | Category:  Ravens Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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And the Colts have the Ravens old kicker, Matt Stover. The irony is delicious.

Posted by: Joran | November 17, 2009 3:43 PM

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