Former Pro Bowl kicker Nate Kaeding signed Friday with the Miami Dolphins, whose recent wave of injuries sent kicker Dan Carpenter to injured reserve because of a right groin injury.
Carpenter went 22-for-27 on field-goal tries this season. He first appeared on the injury report Thursday, when he was limited in practice.
The Dolphins (6-8) were relatively healthy for much of the season, but they’ve placed three players on injured reserve this week and could be without both starting wide receivers Sunday against Buffalo.
Receiver Davone Bess (back) and linebacker Koa Misi (ankle) were ruled out. Among those listed as questionable were receiver Brian Hartline (back), cornerback Nolan Carroll (knee) and defensive tackle Randy Starks, who has missed practice this week because of a personal matter.
Hartline, a former star at GlenOak High School, and Carroll practiced Friday on a limited basis. Despite the recent injuries, coach Joe Philbin said he’s not feeling snake bit.
“Not at all,” he said. “It’s a demanding game and unfortunately guys get injured in this game. That’s just the landscape of the profession.”
Kaeding is the most accurate field-goal kicker in NFL history at 87 percent (180-of-207), and he made the Pro Bowl in 2006 and 2009. He had been a free agent since he was released from injured reserve by the San Diego Chargers on Oct. 30.
Kaeding made all seven field-goal tries in three games this season with the Chargers before being sidelined by a groin injury.
Steelers getting healthy
Cornerbacks Keenan Lewis, Cortez Allen and Curtis Brown all are listed as probable for Pittsburgh’s game against Cincinnati on Sunday.
The Steelers will be without top cornerback Ike Taylor for a third consecutive game because of an ankle injury.
Also, receiver Emmanuel Sanders (rib) is probable, as well as center Maurkice Pouncey, linebacker James Harrison and safety Troy Polamalu.
Jaguars claim Grimes
The Jacksonville Jaguars claimed running back Jonathan Grimes off waivers from Houston. Grimes played in nine games this season, six with the Texans and three with the New York Jets. He carried twice for 6 yards with the Jets.
The Jaguars needed depth at running back. Maurice Jones-Drew (foot) and Rashad Jennings (concussion/shoulder) are out Sunday against New England, and backups Jalen Parmele and Jordan Todman are on injured reserve.
An undrafted rookie from William and Mary, Grimes had a team-best 130 yards rushing for Houston in the preseason. He was waived in final cuts and signed to the practice squad. The Jets claimed him in September and waived him Oct. 30. The Texans claimed him the following day and parted ways with him Thursday.
Around the league
Linebacker Brian Urlacher will miss his third consecutive game because of a hamstring injury when the Chicago Bears visit the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. … Cornerback Chris Cook will play for the Minnesota Vikings at Houston on Sunday, following a six-game absence due to a broken right arm. …Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll says he is not concerned about cornerback Richard Sherman’s preparation for Sunday’s game against San Francisco despite missing two days of practice. … Tennessee Titans receiver Kendall Wright has missed his third consecutive practice with a rib injury and isn’t expected to play Sunday at Green Bay.
NFL levies fines
Strong safety Chris Hope of the Atlanta Falcons has been fined $30,000 for his helmet-to-helmet hit on New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz.
49ers safety Dashon Goldson was docked $21,000 for an illegal hit; Titans defensive end Antonio Smith and Jets defensive end Quinton Coples were fined $15,750 each for helmet-to-helmet hits; Ravens wide receiver Anquan Boldin and cornerback Cary Williams were fined $15,750 each for unnecessary roughness.
Bills extend lease 10 years
Buffalo CEO Russ Brandon announced the Bills had agreed to sign a new 10-year lease with the state and county to continue playing at Ralph Wilson Stadium. It’s a $271 million deal, of which $130 million will be committed to upgrading a stadium that opened in 1973.