Lions sign Prater to take over kicking duties - WNEM TV 5

Lions sign Prater to take over kicking duties

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Matt Prater says he entered a 12-step program to deal with his alcohol problem, and he's hoping to make the most of another chance to kick in the NFL.

The Detroit Lions signed Prater to a one-year deal, and he was in the locker room before practice Wednesday. Prater is coming off a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. The Denver Broncos cut ties with him last week after seven years.

Prater made 25 of 26 field goals last season, including a record-setting 64-yarder against Tennessee. The Lions became increasingly desperate for kicking help after rookie Nate Freese went 3 of 7 on field goals and Alex Henery went 1 of 5.

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