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.