Despite making all three of his field-goal attempts Sunday afternoon against the Redskins, Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka suffered a strained calf muscle. The injury was initially reported as an ankle injury to his left plant foot, but further testing revealed the calf injury:
Carroll said that K Steven Hauschka has a strained calf muscle.Said will be taking a look at other kickers tomorrow. #Seahawks
— Liz Mathews 710 ESPN (@Liz_Mathews) January 7, 2013
After learning of Hauschka's fate yesterday, the Seahawks decided it would be best to do their due diligence and bring in several kickers for a tryout. Some of the more notable names, according to Ed Werder of ESPN, are former Vikings kicker Ryan Longwell and former Texans kicker Neil Rackers.
Heading into Atlanta, Hauschka's status is still up in the air and it's possible Seattle won't know more until later in the week. Nevertheless, it's logical to think the 'Hawks will indeed carry two kickers heading into this weekend's game in the Georgia Dome.
Hauschka has been nearly perfect this season, hitting on 24-of-27 field goals, so it will be hard to replace his production considering the lack of talent on the free-agent market. The one major thing the Seahawks' new kicker will have going for himself is the fact he will be kicking indoors on Sunday.
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