The season of Kevin Huber officially came to an end Tuesday, being placed on Injured Reserve. The good news, however, is his career doesn’t appear in jeopardy of doing the same. Huber, who was hit under the chin by Pittsburgh’s Terence Garvin on Sunday, suffered a fractured jaw and cracked vertebra. Marvin Lewis and Huber stated the vertebra is expected to heal fine and surgery is set for Friday on his jaw. “It’s a shame that he misses out on the rest of the season,” Lewis said. “But he’ll be back and recover and go. No future ramifications should be whatsoever.” The Bengals began the process of recovery on the field by signing punter Shawn Powell after a Tuesday tryout with four other punters. The Florida State product spent 2012 and the early portion of this season with Buffalo. At 6-foot-4, 235 pounds he doesn’t look like your standard punter. He was released after the Bills’ Week 5 game against Cleveland when Travis Benjamin set a Browns record with 179 yards on punt returns. For the season, Powell was averaging 46.1 yards on gross but only 35.2 net yards. Most of the poor net comes courtesy of the poor showing against Cleveland. “My net was shattered from the Cleveland game,” Powell said. “I wasn’t getting the good hang time, so now I have been working on trying go fix that so maybe I might not get enough distance but will get enough hang time.” The Bengals focus on directional punting where Huber excelled. Powell did that specifically his rookie year in Buffalo, so he knew how to execute what the Bengals were looking for during the tryout.
Huber's career still alive, Powell in for season
Cincinnati Enquirer | Dec 18