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Browns sign punter Brad Maynard, place Richmond McGee on IR

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 13, 2011
Houston Texans punter Brad Maynard (7) during an NFL preseason football game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Houston Texans Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy King)

The Browns signed veteran punter Brad Maynard and placed Richmond McGee on injured reserve today, the team announced.

The Browns were hoping McGee could continue to fill in for Reggie Hodges, who suffered a season-ending torn Achilles tendon on Aug. 2. But now McGee is out for the season, too. The team will now turn to the 37-year-old Maynard.

McGee suffered a herniated disk in his back during warmups before the Browns' season-opening loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, agent David Canter said. McGee, 28, punted eight times for an average of 36 yards this past Sunday in his first NFL regular-season game. He had three punts of 30 yards or less against the Bengals.

When asked Monday about injuries, Browns coach Pat Shurmur never mentioned McGee.

"The guy is being vilified by the fans, and they don't know the whole story," Canter said today. "I didn't know the whole story, either. I actually called him and was like, 'What the hell happened to you?' He's like, 'Man, I can't feel my (right) leg. ... I've been hurt the whole game. I told them, but they told me just to fight through it, and I just wanted to keep trying to punt and help the team.'"

Canter said McGee will seek a second opinion from a doctor to determine whether surgery is necessary. Either way, Canter said McGee intends to continue to pursue a career in the NFL.

"He just feels disappointed, like he let the team, the organization, the fans and himself, everybody down," Canter said. "But injuries happen."

Maynard, who's pictured above, spent the past 10 seasons with the Chicago Bears. He has ties to Browns special teams coordinator Chris Tabor, who worked for the Bears from 2008-10.

Maynard served as the Houston Texans' punter during the preseason, but he was cut on Sept. 3.

Last season, he punted 83 times for an average of 40.1 yards. In 14 NFL seasons, he has punted 1,258 times for an average of 41.9 yards.

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