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Saints continue to shuffle on special teams

8/16/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

Some interesting developments in New Orleans on Saturday night. The Saints signed John Carney, a kicker they have regretted letting go previously.

But this move isn't about making amends for the past. The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports kicker Garrett Hartley is facing a possible four-game suspension for unspecified reasons.

Hartley is just the latest in a revolving series of kickers the Saints have gone through since letting Carney go after the 2006 season. Hartley had been inconsistent in training camp and he missed a 20-yard field-goal attempt in Friday's preseason opener.

Carney is known as one of the league's most reliable kickers, but doesn't have a particularly strong leg. Carney spent last season with the Giants and made 35 of 38 field goal attempts. Carney's return means the Saints are continuing to shuffle their special teams.

They have a new long-snapper in Jason Kyle. Rookie Thomas Morstead is battling with Glenn Pakulak for the punting job and the Saints have been using backup quarterbacks Joey Harrington and Mark Brunell as holders, instead of letting the punter handle that role.