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Triple duty makes Spencer Lanning the AFC special teamer of the week

Spencer Lanning AP

Browns punter Spencer Lanning had a memorable day on Sunday.

He became the first NFL player since Sam Baker of the Eagles in 1968 to punt, kick an extra point and throw a touchdown pass in the same game during Cleveland’s 31-27 victory over the Vikings. It’s little surprise, then, to learn that the NFL has named him the AFC special teams player of the week.

Lanning threw a touchdown to tight end Jordan Cameron on a fake field goal try. Lanning, who is usually just holding the ball, stood up after taking the snap and hit a wide-open Cameron for an easy touchdown. He then kicked the final extra point because Billy Cundiff was out with a quadriceps injury.

Not bad for a guy who didn’t start playing football until an injury interfered with his soccer career during high school.

Lanning’s the first Browns punter to take home the award since Reggie Hodges was honored during the 2010 season. Kick returner Travis Benjamin was a winner in Week 14 last season.

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2 Responses to “Triple duty makes Spencer Lanning the AFC special teamer of the week”
  1. mn1bjb says: Sep 25, 2013 10:01 AM

    Now that other teams have film on Lanning, they’ll be able to shut down the Browns most explosive player.

  2. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Sep 25, 2013 10:04 AM

    That extra point was big too, because without it the Vikings were in position to kick a game-tying field goal at the end. Great game by that guy doing things he doesn’t normally do.

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