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Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Dan Carpenter to kick for Bills in opener

By Mike Rodak

Veteran Dan Carpenter will take over kicking duties for rookie Dustin Hopkins in the Buffalo Bills' opener on Sunday, head coach Doug Marrone said.

Carpenter was signed on Tuesday after Hopkins suffered a strained right groin in Monday's practice.

"I thought it was a high-level (strain) and he’d be out some time, but it’s not so I think it’s going to be a condition thing," Marrone said. "I think if he was a position player I’d be able to tell you a couple days, but I think because he uses that leg I think it’s just a matter of when he gets out there and starts swinging it and see how he feels."

After five seasons with the Miami Dolphins, Carpenter has bounced around in recent weeks, joining Buffalo after being cut by the Arizona Cardinals and New York Jets.

Hopkins was in uniform for Wednesday's practice but did not participate.

Here is the full Bills' participation report from Wednesday's practice:

CB Stephon Gilmore (wrist)
K Dustin Hopkins (right groin)
OL Doug Legursky (knee)

S Jairus Byrd (foot)

QB EJ Manuel (knee)