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Bengals add punter Shawn Powell

CINCINNATI -- After losing punter Kevin Huber to a season-ending injury Sunday night, the Cincinnati Bengals on Tuesday signed free agent Shawn Powell to take over for him.

Powell joins the Bengals after having been released by the Buffalo Bills on Oct. 4, one day after Cleveland Browns return specialist Travis Benjamin returned one punt for a touchdown and was a tackle by Powell away from breaking another. Signed by the Bills in 2012 as an undrafted free agent, Powell hasn't played for any other team.

As a senior All-American at Florida State, Powell led the nation in net punting with a 47.0-yard average. In two seasons with the Bills, he averaged 44.7 yards per punt with a net of 37.1. He appeared in only five games this season.

Coach Marvin Lewis said Powell also will pick up Huber's duties as the team's primary holder on field goal and extra point attempts.

Huber was blindsided by Pittsburgh return team blocker Terence Garvin in one of the most violent hits of the season. Garvin's helmet made contact with the lower portion of Huber's face mask on a hit that sent Huber crashing to the ground and opened a hole for Steelers returner Antonio Brown, who ended up going 67 yards untouched for a score.

Huber was evaluated on the field for several moments before jogging to the locker room with gauze in his mouth. He was diagnosed with a broken jaw and cracked vertebra. Huber told The Associated Press that he will have oral surgery on an area around his chin Friday.

On Tuesday, the Bengals officially placed Huber on injured reserve.

"It's a shame that he misses out on the rest of the season," Lewis said. "But he'll be back and recover and go."