With Hunter Smith’s groin injury likely to sideline him for at least a week, the Washington Redskins signed punter Glenn Pakulak to the practice squad today.
Pakulak, Sam Paulescu, Waylon Prather and Ricky Schmitt all tried out at Redskin Park for a shot to fill in for Smith, who was injured on his first attempt in Sunday’s win over Tampa Bay.
The Redskins, who released receiver Trent Shelton from the practice squad, will have to make one more roster move if they determine Pakulak is needed for this week’s game at Carolina.
It’s unclear if Smith will be on the 45-man active roster to serve as the holder on field goals and extra points.
When Smith was unavailable, Redskins place kicker Shaun Suisham handled the final three punts, averaging 25.3 yards net.
Pakulak, 29, is a left-footed kicker and has worked out for Tennessee, Minnesota and Baltimore since being cut by New Orleans and the New York Jets in training camp. The Vikings and Ravens brought him in so they could prepare to play against a left-footed punter.
Pakulak averaged 37.8 yards net on 24 punts last year for the Saints. The Redskins will be his ninth team since entering the league in 2003.
Former Tennessee Titans running back Chris Henry also worked out for the Redskins but coach Jim Zorn said on his radio show the team would not be signing the former second round pick.
— Ryan O’Halloran