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The Dolphins might need a new kicker

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There are two reasons why a team suddenly brings in a slew of kickers for tryouts a few days before a game.

The first is dissatisfaction with their current kicker and the second is an injury that jeopardizes his ability to play in said game. Since Dolphins kicker Dan Carpenter has done a very good job this season, it wasn’t a surprise to learn that the arrival of veteran kickers in South Florida had to do with an injury.

Carpenter is listed as questionable for Sunday’s date with the Bills because of a groin injury that he suffered in practice on Thursday, but we’ll likely know his status sometime before pregame warmups. If the Dolphins sign any of the kickers that came down to work out, Carpenter won’t be playing.

The contenders for the potential opportunity are the same ones who pop up anytime a team has an opening this season. Shayne Graham, Rhys Lloyd and Jeff Reed all showed their stuff and now they wait for a chance to get back into the NFL.

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12 Responses to “The Dolphins might need a new kicker”
  1. cantonbound13 says: Nov 18, 2011 3:07 PM

    It was just a matter of time that Sporano’s play for field goal offense would wear out his kicker.

  2. medtxpack says: Nov 18, 2011 3:09 PM

    i got a ….kick….out of this article…

  3. finfan87 says: Nov 18, 2011 3:23 PM

    Sparano must be very excited to see all these people attempting field goals for him throughout the week.

  4. AlanSaysYo says: Nov 18, 2011 3:40 PM

    Failing to fist-pump after making the kick is an automatic “no, thanks.”

  5. axlviking says: Nov 18, 2011 4:11 PM

    2 words. Ray Finkle.

  6. EJ says: Nov 18, 2011 4:12 PM

    I don’t know why Buffalo signed Rayner over Reed or Graham. He showed why he belongs in another league last week with his w-i-d-e left kick against Dallas. Thats one thing we have always had here in Buffalo, above average Kickers… Scott Norwood(-minus the SB25 kick) Steve Christie and Ryan Lindell. Now I see how important it is to re-sign Lindell this year.

  7. damnyoulinelliot says: Nov 18, 2011 4:17 PM

    uh, they made need a new coach, owner, and roster as well

  8. DiscountMescan says: Nov 18, 2011 4:31 PM

    Paper towel dispensers may not be safe in Miami for long.

  9. chris6523 says: Nov 18, 2011 6:06 PM

    Beat me to it, axlviking.

    Ray Finkle, soccer style kicker, first professional athlete from Collier County and one hell of a model American!!

  10. jcusa514 says: Nov 18, 2011 6:13 PM

    laces out, dan

  11. chris6523 says: Nov 18, 2011 6:24 PM

    I was in Finkle’s bedroom. Cozy if you’re Hannibal Lechter.

  12. fumblenuts says: Nov 18, 2011 10:31 PM

    Go get Garo Yepremian he would fit right in.

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