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Redskins Replace Brooks With Plackemeier

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The Redskins have signed Ryan Plackemeier to handle the team's punting duties moving forward, the team announced on Tuesday.

Rookie punter Durant Brooks, who has struggled in recent weeks, was waived with an injury settlement due to a quadriceps injury.

Plackemeier was at Redskins Park on Tuesday and worked out for team officials along with three other punters.

He signed a contract with the club later in the afternoon.

Plackemeier opened the 2008 season with the Buffalo Bills, and he had 11 punts for a 40.9-yard average. He was released by the Bills after Week 1.

For his career, Plackemeier has 181 punts for a 42.3-yard average and a net 35.5-yard average.

He is also expected to serve as the holder on field goal attempts.

Brooks said he suffered a strained quadriceps in the Week 4 game against Dallas, but he was able to continue to perform despite the injury.

Brooks, a sixth-round draft choice by the Redskins last April, struggled with consistency.

He had several poor punts in the Redskins' 19-17 loss to the St. Louis Rams on Sunday and finished the game with a 41.0-yard average.

His 26-yard punt in the third quarter gave St. Louis excellent field position and led to a Rams field goal.

For the season, Brooks had 26 punts for a 39.6-yard average and a 32.1 net average. He was ranked last in the NFL in both categories.

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