John Potter gets go ahead vs. Packers, with Kai Forbath inactive

9/15/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

The Washington Redskins will have John Potter handling placekicking duties against the Green Bay Packers while starter Kai Forbath sits out Sunday’s game at Lambeau Field due to a groin injury.
The 26-year-old Forbath was initially listed as questionable on Friday, but after a re-evaluation of his condition Sunday the Redskins updated his status to inactive against the Packers. Forbath had been complaining of groin issues since earlier this week, and even though he got some treatment the injury seemed to get only worse by Thursday.
So, the Redskins signed Potter on Saturday, to serve as insurance behind the injured Forbath. But Potter didn’t receive the go ahead to play against the Packers until the Redskins made a decision on Forbath’s status later Sunday morning.
Potter has NFL regular season experience as he was a kickoff specialist with Buffalo Bills last year, recording 13 touchbacks on 26 kickoffs. That being said, Potter has never attempted a field goal during his two-year NFL career. Potter struggles in the department were significantly highlighted during the Redskins’ training camp, as he struggled on field goal attempts during practices and didn’t attempt one for the team in a preseason game – before being cut on Aug. 26.
But now, Potter could get his first NFL field goal attempt against the Packers on Sunday. The Western Michigan standout Potter connected on a 45-yard field goal attempt during his collegiate career, but was 0-of-3 on field goals from 50-yard or beyond.
Potter will be also kicking in less than ideal weather, with rain being in the forecast for Sunday’s game at Green Bay.
Forbath made 17 of his 18 field goal attempts for the Redskins last season. He made all of his field goal attempts this preseason, but missed a 40-yarder in the Redskins’ season opening loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
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