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Bills place Dustin Hopkins on injured reserve

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The Bills drafted Dustin Hopkins in the sixth round of April’s draft so that he could take over the kicking job from veteran Rian Lindell, but they’ll have to wait until 2014 to see how he handles the job.

The team placed Hopkins on injured reserve on Monday with the groin injury that has kept him out of the lineup for all of the regular season. Dan Carpenter was signed to fill in for Hopkins and will continue in the job.

Hopkins appeared to be on the track to recovery last week when he practiced in a limited fashion on both Monday and Tuesday, but he didn’t practice on Wednesday. Coach Doug Marrone said Monday that seeing Hopkins try kickoffs made the team realize they were “way behind in that movement” and contributed to the decision to end Hopkins’ season.

Hopkins made all six field goals he tried in the preseason. Carpenter is 11-of-12 through the first five weeks.

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10 Responses to “Bills place Dustin Hopkins on injured reserve”
  1. buffobeel42 says: Oct 7, 2013 1:51 PM

    Moorman’s back, now go get Lindell!!!

  2. bgm9876 says: Oct 7, 2013 2:01 PM

    Lindell plays for the Bucs

  3. corkspop says: Oct 7, 2013 2:03 PM

    Easy decision. Looking for a good camp competition next year. I like Carpenter’s accuracy.

  4. bgm9876 says: Oct 7, 2013 2:15 PM

    If Hopkins is the starter next year i hope he does good.

  5. realfootballfan says: Oct 7, 2013 2:39 PM

    The golden shoe.

  6. EJ says: Oct 7, 2013 2:41 PM

    Carpenter has been doing a great job. Hopefully he can still perform at this level once the winds start blowing across Buffalo, the temperature drops and snow starts blanketing everything. He does well in December and I will be more than happy to see him become the future Kicker for this team.

  7. billsfan1 says: Oct 7, 2013 4:10 PM

    I was gonna say, how do they cut CArpenter. He has done well for himself. I think his play thus far as at least earned him a chance next year somewhere.

  8. yanksbills says: Oct 7, 2013 4:35 PM

    You’d think there’d be more guys in the world who can actually kick a football far and accurately.

  9. hehateme2 says: Oct 7, 2013 6:39 PM

    Carpenter wasn’t good enough for the Dolphins but he’ll be a good fit in buffalo.

  10. usmck9 says: Oct 21, 2013 4:29 AM

    Ya he’ll be a good fit in buffalo because we know what the other teams half of the field looks like. He will have plenty of oppurtunities to prove himself. You could of had Hillary Clinton kick for you for all the scoring chances Miami has had.

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