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Seahawks release rookie kicker, sign another
Associated Press

KIRKLAND, Wash. -- The Seattle Seahawks released rookie kicker Kris Heppner on Tuesday and signed Rian Lindell, who played for Washington State University.

Lindell was signed as an undrafted free agent with the Dallas Cowboys this season, but was released after training camp. He was three for three on field goal attempts in the preseason, including a longest kick of 45 yards. He also added two extra points.

Heppner, a Great Falls, Mont., native who played at the University of Montana, connected on six of nine field goal attempts in the first four games of the season and made all eight of his extra point attempts.

"It was definitely a shock," Heppner told the Great Falls Tribune Tuesday night. "But I think my career is only beginning. Some of the best kickers in the NFL have been cut two or three times. I'm definitely not done. I can promise you I'm not done."

His $193,000 rookie contract was terminated Tuesday, as well.

Heppner's agent, Ken Staninger, said he'll begin shopping for a new job for Heppner on Wednesday.

"Clearly the Redskins' situation at kicker is unsettled. The Cincinnati situation is unsettled, the New York Giants' situation is unsettled," Staninger said. "I would hope to get him some workouts with teams. And he qualifies for the development squad, too, the practice squad. So he's got all kinds of options. Clearly his career's not over."

Coach Mike Holmgren was unimpressed with his special teams' play in Sunday's 20-12 victory over San Diego. Heppner got special scrutiny after missing a 34-yard field goal attempt.

Holmgren had also been unimpressed by Heppner's kickoffs after giving him the roster spot over five-year veteran Todd Peterson at the end of training camp.

"The options are, Kris either gets better, or I replace Kris," Holmgren said Monday. "Those are the options."


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