Browns P Hodges out for season

Posted Aug. 02, 2011 @ 3:11 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Updated at 3:09 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 2

According to multiple reports, Browns P Reggie Hodges suffered a season-ending torn left Achilles tendon on Tuesday.

Hodges had taken a snap from center during a practice drill and was attempting to punt when his left leg appeared to give out and he collapsed to the ground.

Hodges, a five-year NFL veteran, is entering his third season with the Browns. He had the best season of his career in 2010, averaging 43.9 yards per kick with 29 punts downed inside the 20-yard line and 15 downed inside the 10.

He also had a 68-yard run on a fake punt in an upset victory over the Saints.

The way we see it

Hodges' injury is a blow to the Browns' special teams, as Cleveland has no other punters in camp. Moreover, the list of available experienced veteran punters has been significantly winnowed since the beginning of free agency. It will not be surprising if the Browns move quickly to add at least one punter.