Lions cut kicker Alex Henery, schedule Tuesday workout

Monday October 6th, 2014

The Detroit Lions cut kicker Alex Henery after he missed three field-goals during Sunday's loss to the Buffalo Bills, head coach Jim Caldwell announced.

The Lions lost 17-14 on a field goal from Bills kicker Dan Carpenter after Henery missed a 50-yard attempt with 21 seconds remaining. He also missed from 44 and 47 yards in the second half. The 27-year-old Henery was signed after rookie Nate Freese made just three of seven attempts during the first three games of the season.

After the loss to the Bills, head coach Jim Caldwell was clear in his assessment of Henery's performance.

"It's a performance-based league, plain and simple, and you have to perform," Caldwell said. "Anyone that doesn't, we take a look and see if we can improve that one way or another."

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The Lions will hold a kicker workout on Tuesday to find their third kicker of the seasonDave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reportsBirkett notes five possible candidates for the Lions' kicking job: Jay Feely, Matt Prater, Giorgio Tavecchio, Derek Dimke and Neil Rackers. Feely, who made 30 of 36 kicks last season for the Panthers last season, tweeted Sunday that he is "waiting for the Lions to call" him about the job.

Detroit has started the season 3-2 and is tied with the Green Bay Packers for first place in the NFC North. The Lions play the Vikings in Minnesota on Sunday.

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