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Report: Steven Hauschka to be placed on injured reserve

Seahawks punter Jon Ryan holds for kicker Steven Hauschka during a first half field goal against the Redskins during their NFL NFC wildcard playoff football game in Landover Reuters

The signing of kicker Ryan Longwell by the Seattle Seahawks Tuesday afternoon no longer seems to be just an insurance policy.

According to Aaron Levine of Q13 FOX-TV, the Seahawks have informed kicker Steven Hauschka he will be placed on injured reserved. Hauschka suffered a calf injury in the first half of the Seahawks 24-14 win over the Washington Redskins in the Wild Card round of the playoffs on Sunday. Punter Jon Ryan had to handle kickoff duties for most of the game after Hauschka strained his calf. Despite the injury, Hauschka managed to make all three field goal attempts against Washington from 32, 29 and 22 yards.

Head coach Pete Carroll said Hauschka had felt better on Monday but that they were still unsure of what his availability would be.

“He feels better today (Monday) than he did yesterday. He really did a great job kicking through it and making the plays we needed him to make,” Carroll said. “…We’ll wait and see. There are a lot of scenarios here for us so we’ll have to see what happens tomorrow, and then see what happens the next day. I’ll let you know when we have that feel.”

Longwell has not kicked in the league this season since being released by the Minnesota Vikings in May. Longwell grew up in nearby Puyallup and has played 15 seasons in the NFL for the Vikings and Green Bay Packers. Longwell was 22 of 28 (78.6-percent) on field goal tries in 2011 with Minnesota. It was only the second time in his career his field goal percentage was less than 80-percent.

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20 Responses to “Report: Steven Hauschka to be placed on injured reserve”
  1. scoobaj says: Jan 9, 2013 12:41 AM

    Hometown kid capping his career with clutch kicks on a superbowl run, pretty decent story for the back end of a championship season video you get with your t-shirt

  2. tjh9985 says: Jan 9, 2013 12:45 AM

    Sue the Redskins

  3. dennisatunity says: Jan 9, 2013 12:52 AM

    Obviously that’s really unfortunate for the Hawks but I’m glad we got Longwell signed. The owner of the Redskins and FedEx Field must be so proud. Not only has his field hurt Hauschka and Clemons, it looks like he has even eliminated his own franchise QB RGIII for all of next season. I see a half dozen other players have also torn an ACL over the last couple of years. The idiot must be so proud. Can’t the League Office force him to maintain a suitable field?

  4. bigbaldpapahawk says: Jan 9, 2013 12:54 AM

    And FedEx Field claims another.

  5. hawkslv says: Jan 9, 2013 1:12 AM

    We will miss #4

    #NextManUp

  6. anygivensundayfan says: Jan 9, 2013 1:23 AM

    Is this another player injury due to the poor field conditions at the Redskins’ field? What a shame to lose our faithful kicker as we make a great playoff run. Thanks for all you’ve done for the team, Hauschka!

    Go ‘Hawks!

  7. necr0philia says: Jan 9, 2013 1:28 AM

    He will be kicking himself real good when they lose to Atlanta by a field goal.

  8. seenoland54 says: Jan 9, 2013 1:43 AM

    He’ll be on the bench all night anyway, the only kicker they will be using will be their punter.

  9. themackstrong says: Jan 9, 2013 2:33 AM

    Hauschka kicked on a bad wheel and amazing he made every kick. That field took out 3 players on its own on Sunday.

  10. aaroncurryisbust says: Jan 9, 2013 2:59 AM

    Damn it. Hauschka may not have a rocket leg, but he was very accurate and reliable. Curse the dump that is FedEx Field.

  11. wallykarue says: Jan 9, 2013 3:47 AM

    Longwell returns to Green Bay for the NFC title game…

  12. savannahrose44 says: Jan 9, 2013 5:56 AM

    You’ve been a solid dependable guy Hauschka, and you will be missed. Get well soon.

  13. widogg says: Jan 9, 2013 6:37 AM

    so crywell has to kick outside again. everytime he misses its the longsnappers fault or the holders fault. hope he causes those cheating bastards in seattle a game.

  14. mungman69 says: Jan 9, 2013 6:50 AM

    You have to have a real good kicker during the playoffs. Good luck Seattle.

  15. ketch20too says: Jan 9, 2013 8:12 AM

    Thanks Dan Snyder

  16. northbynw27 says: Jan 9, 2013 8:20 AM

    FedEx field claims victim #3 from Sunday..thanks Mr. Snyder.

  17. jprcox says: Jan 9, 2013 8:28 AM

    I guess I will be the first to comment on a “kicker story”….lol.

    So you know, Seattle hasn’t had many injuries this year – as this is a very young team – yet we come into Washington and play on that horrible field only to lose a couple important players – TO THE FIELD!

    Washington is now going to fix it I hear, but only after they messed up RG3 by playing on that surface. I really hope he is OK….a shame these guys got hurt for something that could have been fixed earlier.

  18. dubzito says: Jan 9, 2013 9:24 AM

    longwell’s familiar with jon ryan holding from his years in green bay…

  19. ketchupaholic says: Jan 9, 2013 9:37 AM

    Longwell is a good addition.

  20. seenoland54 says: Jan 9, 2013 1:14 PM

    Don’t worry about Longwell’s kicking ability, the only kicker Seattle will have on the field Sunday is their punter.

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