ALTHOUGH A 53-yard field goal is just another day at the office for Detroit Lion kicker Jason Hanson, the Washington State legend was forced out of his comfort zone, Sunday, when called on to work the other side of the kicking game.
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With Detroit punter Ben Graham
sidelined by a calf injury during the first quarter of the Lions overtime loss to Tennessee, the 42-year old Hanson took over the punting duties, something he hadn't done since a previous emergency call in 2003.
The veteran of 21 NFL seasons responded admirably, averaging over 39 yards on three punts. Not bad for a guy who hasn't practiced live punting in years.
As for his "regular" job, Hanson became just the third player in league history to kick four field goals in one game 25 times. In addition, his first field goal of the game supplanted Matt Stover
as the NFL's fourth leading scorer of all-time.
Here's how the NFL Cougs performed in week three:
Erik Coleman, S, Detroit, 9th season:
The Spokane native assisted on two tackles in the Lions' 44-41 loss to Tennessee.
Jed Collins, FB, New Orleans, 4th season:
Scored on a 6-yard pass from Drew Brees
and fielded a kickoff for no gain in the Saints' 27-24 overtime loss to Kansas City.
Brandon Gibson, WR, St. Louis, 4th season:
The Puyallup native was targeted six times but caught just two passes for 19 yards in the Rams' 23-6 loss to Chicago.
Jason Hanson, K, Detroit, 21st season:
The Spokane native was perfect on four field attempts (long of 53) and three extra-point tries in the Lions loss to the Titans. Also averaged 39 yards on three punts, with a long of 46.
Jerome Harrison, RB, Detroit, 7th season:
Did not play; officially listed on the Lions' reserve/non-football injury list.
Chris Ivory, RB, New Orleans, 3rd season:
Did not play; declared inactive for the Saints' loss to the Chiefs.
Rian Lindell, K, Buffalo, 13th season:
The Vancouver native kicked a 37-yard field goal and three extra-points in the Bills' 24-14 victory against Cleveland.
Ropati Pitoitua, DE, Kansas City, 4th season:
The Tacoma native recorded one solo tackle in the Chiefs' win against the Saints.
Marcus Trufant, DB, Seattle, 10th season:
The Tacoma native tallied three tackles (2 solo) in the Seahawks, um, 14-12 victory against Green Bay, Monday.
Zack Williams, G, Carolina, 2nd season:
Did not play; assigned to Panthers' practice squad.