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After Billy Cundiff’s Struggles, Redskins Will Work Out Kickers

By ZAC BOYER

zboyer@freelancestar.com | @ZacBoyer

ASHBURN – The Washington Redskins will work out kickers on Tuesday in the wake of Billy Cundiff’s continued struggles, head coach Mike Shanahan said.

Cundiff

Cundiff missed a 31-yard field goal in the Redskins’ 24-17 loss to Atlanta on Sunday, marking the second consecutive week he missed from that distance, and has made just seven of his 12 attempts this season.

Since making all four of his field goals in the season opener at New Orleans, Cundiff has gone 3-for-8, though one was a 62-yard attempt with less than two minutes remaining in the Redskins’ loss at St. Louis on Sept. 16.

“We’re going to work out a few people tomorrow,” Shanahan said. “Obviously everything is based off of how they kick.”

According to multiple reports, the Redskins will work out at least three kickers – Olindo Mare, Josh Brown and Kai Forbath – thought the workouts are no indication Washington won’t keep Cundiff. He was signed on Aug. 28 after he was waived by Baltimore; the Redskins released Graham Gano, their kicker for much of the past three seasons, and Neil Rackers to make room for him.

Mare, 39, played for Miami from 1997-2006 before a year in New Orleans and three in Seattle. He spent last year in Carolina. Brown, 33, was the Seahawks’ kicker from 2003-07 and spent the last four seasons in St. Louis, while Forbath, 25, was the Lou Groza Award winner in 2009 while at UCLA but has not played in a game.

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