Lions sign new kicker

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DETROIT -- The Detroit Lions have reportedly signed veteran kicker Dave Rayner on Tuesday to replace the injured Jason Hanson and waived cornerback Jonathan Wade, according to the Detroit Free Press.

The 40-year-old Hanson, suffered a medial collateral ligament injury to his kicking leg in the third quarter of Sunday's 23-20 overtime loss to the New York Jets when Trevor Pryce ran into him during a 21-yard field goal attempt. Pryce was called for a 15-yard roughing the kicker penalty that gave the Lions a first down and eventually led to a Matthew Stafford one-yard touchdown run.

Hanson, a 19-year veteran, was replaced by rookie defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh for the extra point kick, but he missed it off the right upright. Punter Nick Harris handled the ensuing kick off.

Hanson has converted 12-of-14 field goal tries this season with a long of 52 yards and has made all 19 extra point attempts.

Rayner, 28, last appeared in an NFL game in the 2008 season with Cincinnati and converted his only field goal try -- a 26-yard effort -- and was 3-for-3 in extra points over two games.

Over parts of four NFL seasons, Rayner has appeared in 43 contests and has been successful on 42-of-59 field goal tries and has missed only one PAT in 49 attempts.

Wade began the season as the starting right corner before losing his job to Alphonso Smith after only four games. The four-year veteran appeared in eight games and recorded 30 total tackles and three pass defenses.


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