Redskins cut Suisham

NFL Notes

Gano gets the job

December 09, 2009|By From Sun news services

The chip-shot miss against the New Orleans Saints has cost Washington Redskins kicker Shaun Suisham his job.

Suisham, the most accurate kicker in franchise history, was cut Tuesday by the Redskins, who replaced him with Graham Gano, who lost a preseason kicking contest in the Ravens' camp with since-released Steve Hauschka.

Suisham made his first 13 field-goal attempts this season but had vital misses from 39 and 50 yards in the 7-6 loss to the Dallas Cowboys three games ago and was wide right Sunday on a 23-yarder that would have sealed a victory over the unbeaten New Orleans Saints, who rallied to win in overtime.

Suisham made 18 of 21 attempts this season and 81 of 101 since joining the Redskins in 2006. His 80.2 percent success rate is the best career mark for any Redskins kicker with more than a half-dozen attempts.

Gano kicked the winning field goal in overtime for the Las Vegas Locomotives in the first United Football League championship game last month. He is from Florida State.

MORE REDSKINS: Starting running back Clinton Portis,who has yet to be cleared by doctors after suffering a concussion a month ago, was placed on injured reserve and isn't sure whether he'll play again.

"I think I'll get well," Portis, 28, said. "I have to put the time into rehabbing and continuing to do what the doctors say, but at the same time, to have the opportunity to play for eight years and play and compete and not miss many games ... if it's my time and I look back today, I think I had a great career. No one wants to finish on an injury, but at the same time I enjoyed it and I would love to come back."

STEELERS: With his left knee still not healed, five-time Pro Bowl safety Troy Polamalu won't play Thursday night against the Browns and isn't certain whether he will be back this season.

"God willing, hopefully, I'll be able to play," he said. "We'll see what the doctor says."

BENGALS: Wide receiver Chad Ochocinco was fined $30,000 by the NFL for donning a poncho and sombrero after scoring a touchdown, a league source told the Associated Press.

SCHEDULE: The Minnesota-Carolina matchup Dec. 20 will remain the NFL's Sunday night game even though NBC had the option to choose another one.

The league said the Green Bay-Pittsburgh game that day will start at 4:15 p.m. instead of 1 p.m.

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