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Seahawks Switch Kickers for NFL Playoffs After Hauschka Injured

Jan. 9 (Bloomberg) -- Seattle Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka will miss the rest of the National Football League playoffs with a leg injury and has been replaced on the roster by Ryan Longwell.

Hauschka, 27, was placed on injured reserve today after straining a left calf muscle in Seattle’s 24-14 opening-round playoff victory over the Washington Redskins, the team said today on its website. The 38-year-old Longwell will kick against the Atlanta Falcons on Jan. 13 in the National Football Conference semifinals.

Hauschka strained the calf in his non-kicking leg during the second quarter last weekend. He remained in the game and kicked field goals of 22 and 29 yards following the injury, while punter Jon Ryan handled the kickoffs.

Longwell, one of four kickers who auditioned yesterday for the Seahawks, hasn’t played since 2011 as a member of the Minnesota Vikings. The 15-year veteran has kicked in eight postseasons, two with the Vikings and six with the Green Bay Packers.

The Seahawks also placed defensive end Chris Clemons on injured reserve, according to their website. Clemons, who had 11 1/2 sacks this season, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the team’s win over Washington.

To contact the reporter on this story: Eben Novy-Williams in New York at enovywilliam@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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