Bengals' Huber scheduled for surgery on broken jaw

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 17, 2013 at 4:51 pm •  Published: December 17, 2013
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CINCINNATI (AP) — Kevin Huber is scheduled for surgery on Friday for his broken jaw, a season-ending injury that left the Bengals looking for another punter and holder to help them through their playoff surge.

Huber got hurt during a 30-20 loss in Pittsburgh on Sunday night. Terence Garvin blocked him during Antonio Brown's 67-yard punt return for a touchdown, hitting Huber's chin with the top of his helmet.

The Bengals (9-5) held tryouts for five punters on Tuesday and signed Shawn Powell. The second-year punter was released by Buffalo on Oct. 4 after rough games against Baltimore and Cleveland.

Powell also will hold on field goal attempts and extra points by kicker Mike Nugent.

"Kevin has done a great job in his tenure here," Powell said. "Hopefully I can get to do a little bit of what he's done to help the team continue on its path of success."

Huber went on injured reserve Tuesday, ending his streak of 81 consecutive games played, the longest on the roster. The Bengals' medical staff expects Huber to make a full recovery and return next season.

"There should be no future ramifications whatsoever," coach Marvin Lewis said.

Players had Tuesday off, but Huber visited Paul Brown Stadium and briefly watched the tryouts. On his way out, he told The Associated Press that he broke his jaw at the chin. He also has a crack in one neck vertebra that's expected to heal without problem.

Huber grew up in Cincinnati, attended the University of Cincinnati and was drafted by the Bengals in the fifth round in 2009. He's been a vital part of the Bengals' success with his long punts.

Last season, he set club records for net and gross average. He ranks eighth in the NFL this season with a net average of 40.5 yards.

"We're replacing a kid who's been a fine player for us," Lewis said. "And unquestioned, he's a great person, a kid that we've spent a great deal of time with, with him growing up here, going to UC, us coaching him at the Senior Bowl.



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