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Monday, October 7, 2013
Bills kicker Dustin Hopkins placed on IR

By Mike Rodak

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Bills placed kicker Dustin Hopkins on injured reserve Monday, clearing a roster spot they filled by promoting quarterback Thad Lewis from the practice squad.

Hopkins had been sidelined since prior to the regular-season opener with a right groin strain. He was replaced by veteran Dan Carpenter, who is 11 of 12 on field goals this season, hitting from a long of 55 yards.

Head coach Doug Marrone said Monday that Hopkins was having trouble kicking off in practice.

"The problem was, we were bringing him along and we were one step in kicking field goals, and the bigger issue was once we did the kickoff, which is obviously a much different type of movement," Marrone said. "Once we started doing the kickoff, it was like, that movement is far behind."

Hopkins was a sixth-round pick this season out of Florida State.

Other injury updates Monday from Marrone: