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David Akers

David Akers - K

Status Active
Height/Weight 5' 10"/ 200 lbs.
Birthday 12/09/1974
Birthplace Lexington, KY
College Louisville
Years played 15

Lions place CB Bentley on I.R.

Posted Nov. 01, 2012 @ 12:17 p.m. ET
The Lions placed CB Bill Bentley on injured reserve and signed veteran S Don Carey.

Wednesday's 60-second rant: Dealing draft picks at deadline risky

Posted Oct. 31, 2012 @ 3:59 p.m. ET
The NFL’s extended trade deadline looms, but teams like the Lions and GM Martin Mayhew should be leery of trading away draft picks for players.

Reports: Jaguars trade WR Thomas to Lions

Posted Oct. 30, 2012 @ 4:55 p.m. ET
The Lions acquired WR Mike Thomas from the Jaguars, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport first reported.

NFC North Spin cycle: Bears, Packers win ugly

Posted Oct. 29, 2012 @ 2 p.m. ET
All four NFC North teams stayed home in Week Nine, and only the Vikings failed to make use of their advantage.

Lions rally to beat Seahawks behind late Stafford TD

Posted Oct. 28, 2012 @ 4:33 p.m. ET
Matthew Stafford threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Titus Young with 20 seconds left, lifting the Lions to a 28-24 win over the Seahawks.

Lack of red-zone passing punch hurting Lions

Posted Oct. 26, 2012 @ 3:58 p.m. ET
The Lions have faltered far more often in the red zone this season, and the struggles of the passing game have been a big problem. 

Key matchup: Seahawks special teams vs. Lions special teams

Posted Oct. 25, 2012 @ 7:52 p.m. ET
Can the Lions win the battle in the kicking game against Seattle on Sunday? It's no small story line in an interesting NFC matchup. 

Lions add WR Robiskie to replace Burleson

Posted Oct. 24, 2012 @ 5:43 p.m. ET
The Lions placed WR Nate Burleson on injured reserve and signed WR Brian Robiskie.

Tuesday's 60-second rant: CB Tillman shuts down Megatron

Posted Oct. 23, 2012 @ 4:06 p.m. ET
Bears CB Charles Tillman has been anything but a liability in Chicago this season.

NFC North Spin cycle: Peterson carries load as Ponder slumps

Posted Oct. 23, 2012 @ 3:03 p.m. ET
Things continued looking up for the Bears, Vikings and Packers in Week Seven after victories over the Lions, Cardinals and Rams, respectively.

Burleson breaks leg, out for season

Posted Oct. 23, 2012 @ 1 a.m. ET
Lions WR Nate Burleson broke his right leg in the third quarter of Monday night's game in Chicago and will miss the rest of the season.

Cutler shakes off injury as Bears beat Lions

Posted Oct. 23, 2012 @ 12:01 a.m. ET
Brandon Marshall scored the Bears' lone touchdown and the defense forced four turnovers as Chicago beat Detroit 13-7 on Monday night.

Lions' RB duo hopes dashed, but Leshoure's play a positive

Posted Oct. 20, 2012 @ 10:32 a.m. ET
The Lions' planned Jahvid Best-Mikel Leshoure RB tandem hasn't been together in a single game, but Leshoure has begun to settle in. 

Lions bring back CB Smith

Posted Oct. 18, 2012 @ 10:55 a.m. ET
The Lions signed CB Alphonso Smith and released RB Keiland Williams, the team announced Thursday.

Lions RB Best not cleared to play

Posted Oct. 15, 2012 @ 6:24 p.m. ET
Lions RB Jahvid Best has not been cleared for contact by doctors, the team announced Monday.

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Posted April 05, 2013
The Detroit Lions have added Akers one day after Jason Hanson retired.||||||| San Francisco released Akers a month ago after he slumped during the 2012 season. The six-time Pro Bowl kicker made 73 of 94 field goals over two seasons for the 49ers. He underwent double hernia surgery in February 2012 then aggravated the area during the season when he slipped on the field during practice. Akers has made 367 of 453 field goals in his career with Washington, Philadelphia and San Francisco.
Posted March 06, 2013
Six-time Pro Bowl kicker David Akers has been released by the San Francisco 49ers after two seasons filled with record-breaking highs and incredible lows. General Manager Trent Baalke thanked Akers in a statement Wednesday, calling him a "true professional who represented himself and this organization with class." Akers appeared in all 32 regular-season games and five playoff contests the past two seasons. He connected on 73 of 94 field goal attempts and all 78 PATs.||||||| In 2011, Akers set NFL records with 44 field goals made and 52 attempted. He also tied the league mark for the longest made when he kicked from 63 yards in last season's opener at Green Bay. But Akers made just 29 of 44 attempts last season, his lowest percentage since 1999. The 49ers even brought in Billy Cundiff to compete against Akers before the divisional-round playoff and NFC championship game.
Posted Jan. 25, 2013
Akers calls his struggles this season a "head scratcher" and says if the 49ers win the Super Bowl it will erase all of his 14 misses this season.||||||| Akers missed an NFL-worst 13 field goals this season and then hit the upright on a 38-yarder in last week's NFC championship game at Atlanta. He says he feels like he is kicking the ball well and he's off by a matter of inches, which is frustrating because "an inch is a mile in our game."
Posted Jan. 10, 2013
Akers is keeping his job as San Francisco's starting kicker. For now, anyway.||||||| Jim Harbaugh made the announcement after practice Thursday, two days ahead of the 49ers' NFC divisional playoff game against the Green Bay Packers (12-5) at Candlestick Park. The 49ers signed Billy Cundiff on Jan. 1 to compete with Akers, a 15-year veteran who has struggled this season while making only 29 of 42 field-goal attempts. Akers revealed last week he underwent double hernia surgery last February.
Posted Jan. 07, 2013
Akers and Billy Cundiff were taking their competition to be San Francisco's playoff kicker to Candlestick Park on Monday.||||||| Coach Jim Harbaugh says there's a "good chance" both kickers will be on the roster for Saturday's NFC divisional playoff game against the Green Bay Packers, though he didn't specify whether each would be active. Harbaugh indicated "we have a leader in the clubhouse," but wouldn't say who it is.

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