BY SPNW Staff 11:09AM 01/09/2013

Seahawks Place Hauschka On IR, Sign Longwell

The Seahawks, who play the Atlanta Falcons Sunday in an NFC Divisional Playoff game at the Georgia Dome, placed kicker Steven Hauschka on injured reserve Wednesday due to a calf injury. To replace Hauschka, the Seahawks signed veteran kicker Ryan Longwell.

The Seahawks also signed defensive end Patrick Chukwurah after placing Chris Clemons on injured reserve.

Hauschka, 27, strained his calf during Seattle’s victory over the Washington Redskins last Sunday. He had made 24 of his 27 field goal attempts in the regular season and he converted all three of his attempts against Washington last week despite the injury.

Clemons, who had 11.5 sacks, suffered a torn ACL and meniscus in his left knee in Sunday’s win over Washington.

Longwell, 38, made 22 of 28 field goal tries for the Vikings last season but until Wednesday hadn’t signed with a team since being cut in May after Minnesota selected kicker Blair Walsh in last April’s draft.

Chukwurah has not played in an NFL game since 2007 with Tampa Bay. He spent the 2009 and 2010 seasons in the UFL with the Florida Tuskers, where he led the league in sacks.

Longwell and Seahawks GM John Schneider spent time with the Green Bay Packers until Longwell signed with Minnesota as a free agent for the 2006 season.

His 94.4 field-goal percentage over the 2009 and 2010 seasons — 43 of 46 — was the best in the NFL during that span. Including nine years with the Packers, Longwell is 13th in league history with 1,687 points and fourth on the active list.

Longwell has a career-long field goal of 55 yards, set Oct. 14, 2007 against the Chicago Bears with no time left.


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