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Tuesday, October 28, 2003
Peterson team's fourth kicker in 15 games

Associated Press

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The San Francisco 49ers changed kickers for the fourth time in 15 games Tuesday, waiving Owen Pochman and signing Todd Peterson.

Peterson, entering his 10th NFL season, was dropped by Pittsburgh in February after struggling last year before going on injured reserve with a broken rib. He kicked for the Seattle Seahawks for five seasons, playing under 49ers coach Dennis Erickson.

Peterson has converted 182 of 234 field goals and missed only two of 260 extra points during his career. He is the 49ers' first kicker with significant NFL experience since Wade Richey, who left two years ago.

Pochman missed seven field goals in the last four games of his six-week stint with the 49ers, who waived ineffective Jeff Chandler last month to make room for him. Chandler replaced Jose Cortez late last season, but never developed consistency.

Pochman missed three field goals against Tampa Bay two weeks ago. But his fate was sealed when he missed a potential go-ahead 35-yard field goal in the final minutes of regulation in San Francisco's 16-13 overtime loss to Arizona last Sunday. Pochman also struggled on kickoffs.

With top reserve defensive back Ronnie Heard out for at least a month with a sprained left knee, the Niners signed defensive back John Keith from the practice squad. San Francisco also waived fullback Jasen Isom from the practice squad.