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Detroit Lions again evaluating kicker situation

DETROIT -- Nate Freese's job may be in real jeopardy.

The Detroit Lions rookie kicker has struggled through the first three weeks of his NFL career, making only 3 of 7 field goals -- and going 0-of-4 from 40 yards or longer.

The concerns elevated again Sunday, when Freese missed a 41-yard field goal wide left at the end of the first half of the Lions' 19-7 win over Green Bay and the miss did not look particularly close.

For the second straight week, Lions coach Jim Caldwell also appeared noncommittal to Freese after the game.

"We have to evaluate and see where we are and see what the situation is," Caldwell said. "We'll do that pretty shortly."

After issuing a similar statement last week, the Lions worked out three kickers: Alex Henery, Garrett Hartley and the late Rob Bironas on Tuesday. Detroit chose to stick with Freese at the time, saying they had confidence in him that he'd be able to fix his issues.

Whether Detroit continues with its patience with Freese, who the Lions drafted in the seventh round in May, remains to be seen. Freese beat out Giorgio Tavecchio in the preseason and Tavecchio is on the market along with Henery, Hartley and Jay Feely, among others.

The Lions coaching staff has previous experience with Hartley as offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi and special teams coach John Bonamego coached in New Orleans when Hartley was there.