Suisham in danger?

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Shaun Suisham, the most accurate kicker in Redskins history, could be out a job after his 23-yard miss with 1:56 left cost Washington a monumental upset of unbeaten New Orleans on Sunday.

After watching the film of the errrant field goal try that failed to seal the upset, coach Jim Zorn said that Ethan Albright delivered “a decent snap” and Hunter Smith “an excellent hold,” but that Shaun Suisham’s kick with 1:56 left was “poor.”

Therefore, Zorn didn’t rule out replacing Suisham, who had made all three of his kicks earlier in the game and was 18-of-20 for the season, if another kicker wows the Redskins during tryouts on Tuesday.

The only kickers who were in the NFL this year and are currently out of work are 39-year-old Jason Elam, the unreliable Mike Nugent, and the inexperienced Shane Andrus and Steve Hauschka.

“That’s a possibility,” Zorn said. “We’re going to talk about it. We work out a lot of guys. That doesn’t mean that [Shaun]’s cleaning out his locker today.”

Zorn said some of Suisham’s short kickoffs on Sunday were designed by special teams coach Danny Smith to be caught on the muddy portion of the field.

— David Elfin

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David Elfin

David Elfin

David Elfin has been following Washington-area sports teams since the late 1960s. David began his journalism career at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, the University of Pennsylvania (B.A., history) and Syracuse University (M.S., telecommunications). He wrote for the Bulletin (Philadelphia), the Post-Standard (Syracuse) and The Washington Post before coming to The Washington Times in 1986. He has covered colleges, the Orioles ...

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