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Zastudil ailing; punter signed

By Marla Ridenour Published: November 13, 2009

Punter Dave Zastudil's long-sore right knee may not last much longer.

The eight-year veteran was limited in practice Friday and the Browns tried out punters afterward in full view of the media.

The last time that happened, kicker Phil Dawson missed the first of five consecutive games. Zastudil is leading the league in punts inside the 20 with 25. He's averaging 44.7 yards (the second-best of his career) on 49 punts with a 39.1 net.

On Saturday's injury report, Zastudil was listed as questionable.

On Sunday, the Browns signed free agent punter Reggie Hodges, a Ball State product selected in the sixth round in 2005 draft by St. Louis.
Hodges has appeared in 24 career games with the Rams, Philadelphia Eagles (2005), New York Jets (2008) and Tennesee Titans (2009). He kicked in four games for the Titans this season, averaging 39.5 yards on 22 attempts, before being waived on Oct. 27.

His career numbers are 107 punts for a 40.1 average with 24 inside the 20, nine touchbacks and a long of 61.

At Ball State, Hodges was a first-team All-Mid-American Conference selection, set a school record with 254 punts and finished second in career yards with 10,210.


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