The Seattle Seahawks are set to sign veteran kicker Ryan Longwell in an effort to add a replacement to their roster in case Steve Hauschka is unable to suit up this weekend, reports Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport confirmed Tuesday that the team will sign veteran kicker Ryan Longwell.
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.
Hauschka sustained a calf injury during the first half of last weekend’s opening round playoff game against the Washington Redskins. He was able to continue to kick field goals and extra points, but punter Jon Ryan was forced to take over kickoff duties for the remainder of the game.
Hauschka remains a possibility to play against the Atlanta Falcons in this weekend’s Divisional round playoff matchup, but the Seahawks are hedging their bets by adding the veteran Longwell as insurance.