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Buccaneers sign PK Murray, places struggling Folk on IR

Buccaneers sign PK Murray, places struggling Folk on IR

For the second time in two months, the Buccaneers have chose to replace their starting kicker.

Players maintained their usual day-after-game routine, then had the weekend and Monday off. Folk was expecting the Bucs to try out possible replacements during the break.

The team, which has struggled with its kicking game for multiple seasons, is bringing in at least six kickers Monday to work out, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

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Murray was signed Monday, replacing struggling Nick Folk, who missed three field goals during last Thursday's 19-14 loss to the New England Patriots and has been placed on injured reserve with a "minor injury classification". Murray served as the team's kicker and went 20 of 24 on field goals and 31 of 31 on extra point attempts. Murray appeared in two games for the Cleveland Browns before going on injured reserve in 2016 and was cut by the New Orleans Saints in training camp this summer. He also made all 31 extra points. The Bucs invited Murray, Josh Lambo (former Chargers kicker), Marshall Koehn (former Iowa kicker), Cairo Santos (former Chiefs kicker), Andrew Franks (former Dolphins kicker) and Mike Nugent (veteran National Football League kicker) to Tampa Bay on Monday for workouts. So yes, the Buccaneers kicking job has officially come full circle.

In four games this year, the 32-year-old Folk has gone 6-for-11 on field goals, including five misses in the past two weeks. He has made 21 of 26 career field goals (80.8), slightly better than Folk, during that span.

The Buccaneers have been struggling in the kicking department for almost a year a half.