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Report: Bills to sign Dan Carpenter after K Dustin Hopkins injured

By Jay Skurski

Rookie kicker Dustin Hopkins suffered a groin injury today in practice, according to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Schefter first reported the Bills are on the verge of signing veteran kicker Dan Carpenter.

He then followed that up a few minutes later with the news that Hopkins, a rookie sixth-round draft pick out of Florida State, suffered a groin injury during today's practice.

Bills coach Doug Marrone made no mention of Hopkins being injured during his news conference following today's practice. 

Carpenter, 27, has spent the first five years of his career with the Miami Dolphins. He is 127 of 155 (81.9 percent) on field goals, with a career long of 60 yards. He's made 154 of 155 career extra-point attempts.

Carpenter went 22 of 27 on field goals for the Dolphins in 2012. He was beat out for Miami's kicking job during training camp by rookie Caleb Sturgis. Since then, Carpenter has had four-day stints with the Arizona Cardinals and New York Jets.

Hopkins beat out veteran Rian Lindell for the Bills' kicking job during training camp. Hopkins went 6 for 6 on field goals in the preseason, but did not have any attempts from 40 yards or longer. Only four of Hopkins' 14 kickoffs during the preseason went for touchbacks. He also had one kickoff go out of bounds.

Carpenter, meanwhile, has 97 touchbacks on 357 career kickoffs.

Carpenter would put the Bills at the 53-man roster limit.


Dan Carpenter | Dustin Hopkins | Rian Lindell
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