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Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Falcons sign kicker Hauschka

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

With kicker Matt Bryant dealing with a hamstring injury and the recent death of his father, the Atlanta Falcons went out and signed kicker Steven Hauschka on Tuesday.

Hauschka previously kicked for Baltimore, where he also served as a kickoff specialist. Atlanta punter Michael Koenen handles kickoffs and he and Bryant both were injured in Sunday’s game. Koenen suffered a concussion and that created a bit of a desperate situation.

The Falcons were forced to have defensive end Kroy Biermann kick off and had backup quarterback Chris Redman prepared to take over punting duties. There remains optimism that Koenen can play in Sunday’s regular-season finale, but Hauschka should help stabilize the situation on special teams.

The Falcons also placed guard Harvey Dahl and cornerback Chris Houston on their practice squad. They also elevated linebacker Robert James from the practice squad to the regular roster.