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Eagles sign kicker Todd France

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Eagles signed kicker Todd
France to the practice squad Tuesday, two days after linebacker
Mark Simoneau kicked an extra point.

France will back up Pro Bowl kicker David Akers, who is bothered
by a hamstring injury and uncertain for Sunday's game against
Oakland.

Simoneau's conversion -- his first kick since high school -- made
it 28-0 en route to the Eagles' 42-3 victory over San Francisco.
Third-string tight end Mike Bartrum kicked off after the score, but
Akers returned to make the rest of the kicks.

France connected on 24 of 34 field-goal attempts and made all 15
extra points this spring for Hamburg in NFL Europe. Signed by
Minnesota as a rookie free agent in 2002, France has been to
training camps with the Vikings, New York Giants and Tampa Bay
Buccaneers.

The Eagles released wide receiver Michael Gasperson to make room
on the practice squad.