The Detroit Lions cut kicker Alex Henery after he missed three field-goals during Sunday's loss to the Buffalo Bills. The Lions lost 17-14 on a late field goal from Bills kicker Dan Carpenter after Henery missed a 50-yard attempt with 21 seconds remaining.
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."
The Lions will hold a kicker workout on Tuesday to find their third kicker of the season, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports. Birkett 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.
- Paul Palladino