Bills sign K Dan Carpenter with Dustin Hopkins injured
The Buffalo Bills made the move after rookie kicker Dustin Hopkins, a sixth-round pick out of Florida State in this April’s draft, reportedly suffered a groin injury in practice Monday. However, Bills coach Doug Marrone provided no details or made even a mention of Hopkins’ injury during his new conference, following Monday’s practice.
Hopkins earned the Bills’ kicking job this summer after he beat out veteran Ruan Lindell during training camp. The 22-year-old Hopkins connected on all six of his field goals in the preseason, but did not have any attempt from 40 yards or longer. Only four of his 14 kickoffs went for touchbacks during the preseason. Hopkins also had a kickoff go out of bounds.
Meanwhile, Carpenter was the Miami Dolphins’ primary kicker over the past five seasons. He is 127-for-155 on field goals through his career, and went 22-for-27 last season. Carpenter’s also made 154-of-155 career extra point attempts.
The 27-year-old Carpenter reached the Pro Bowl with the Dolphins in 2009 and holds the team record with a 60-yard field goal in 2010. But he was beat out for the Dolphins’ kicking job by rookie Caleb Sturgis in training camp, and was released in mid-August. Since then, Carpenter had four-day stints with the Arizona Cardinals and the New York Jets, but was released just a week prior to the start of the regular season.
He was reportedly scheduled for a workout with the Cleveland Browns on Tuesday, but canceled those plans upon landing a better opportunity with the Buffalo Bills. The team’s decision to bring another kicker ahead of the regular season clearly indicates that Hopkins’ chances of coming back from the groin injury for the Bills’ Week 1 opener against the New England Patriots are slim at the moment.
Following Carpenter’s addition, the Bills’ active roster stands at the 53-man limit.