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CINCINNATI - The Bengals signed former Buffalo Bills punter Shawn Powell on Tuesday to replaced injured Kevin Huber for the rest of the season.
Powell, a second-year NFL player, was the Bills' regular punter in 2012 and the first five games this season. He averaged 46.1 yards with a 35.2 net this year.
Powell had two bad games against Baltimore and Cleveland and was waived on Oct. 4. He shanked a few punts against the Ravens and gave up 179 yards in return yards to the Browns, when he had very short hang time.
Powell’s strength is directional kicking - punting the ball to a specific area of the field.
Powell also will hold on field goal attempts and extra points.
Huber confirmed that he suffered a cracked vertebra as well as a broken jaw as a result of a jarring block during a punt return Sunday night. The Bengals placed him on the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, ending his streak of 81 consecutive games played, the longest on the roster.
Huber said he will have surgery on his jaw on Friday.
The Bengals' medical staff expects Huber to make a full recovery and return next season.
"There should be no future ramifications whatsoever," coach Marvin Lewis said.
Steelers linebacker Terence Garvin hit Huber in the jaw with his helmet. The NFL is expected to fine Garvin after reviewing the video. Garvin did not draw a penalty on the play.
Lewis declined to express an opinion about Garvin's block.
"I think there's been enough talk about it," Lewis said. "There's nothing I can do that will affect it any differently now, so we just need to move on."
Huber was eighth in the league in net punting average (40.5 yards).
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