The Seattle Seahawks have informed kicker Steve Hauschka that he will be placed on season-ending injured reserve due to his calf injury, according to Aaron Levine of Q13 FOX-TV.
Source: #Seahawks have informed kicker Steven Hauschka that he'll be placed on Injured Reserve, out for rest of season (calf)
— Aaron Levine (@AaronQ13Fox) January 9, 2013
Hauschka injured his calf during Sunday night’s win over the Washington Redskins, which limited him to extra points and field goals, while punter Jon Ryan took over kickoff duties. At one point it appeared Ryan could take over as kicker, as he was practicing for field goals on the sidelines, but Hauschka remained in the game.
Earlier in the week, it was reported that Hauschka was questionable to play in this weekend’s NFC Divisional round matchup against the Atlanta Falcons due to his injury. The Seahawks have since signed veteran kicker Ryan Longwell in a move that was thought to insure Hauschka, as it was reported that there was still a shot he’d suit up this weekend.
However, it now appears that Longwell will handle kicking duties for the Seahawks for the remainder of their season. Longwell was a 15-year veteran entering the 2012 season, but he has not kicked in the NFL at all this year. He last appeared in 2011 with the Minnesota Vikings, making 22 of 28 field goal attempts.