It appears they’ve found Joey Slye’s replacement. According to multiple reports, Washington will sign Brian Johnson off of the Bears’ practice squad.
Johnson was 8-of-8 on field goals and 5-of-8 on extra points while playing four games with the Saints earlier this year. He was let go in favor of Brett Maher after missing two extra points in a 23-21 loss to the Titans in Week 10.
Washington has already churned through three kickers, but will need a fourth after Joey Slye suffered a hamstring injury late in the first half of the Football Team’s win over the Seahawks on Monday.
Slye was trying to chase down defensive end Rasheem Green after a blocked extra point when the kicker pulled up while running. He kicked off on the next play, but was unable to handle the duties in the second half. Via Ben Standig of TheAthletic.com, Rivera said in a Tuesday morning interview on 106.7 The Fan that Slye’s hamstring will keep him out for a minimum of three weeks. That would seem to suggest that Slye will go on injured reserve. Rivera also noted that he sent word for scouts to start looking for kicking help at halftime.
The Washington Football Team gambled three weeks ago by releasing veteran kicker Dustin Hopkins and replacing him with unproven Chris Blewitt. The move didn't work out, and Blewitt was released Tuesday after having three kicks blocked in his two games.
Washington signed veteran Joey Slye as its new kicker.
In six games with the Houston Texans and San Francisco 49ers this season, Slye was a combined 11-of-13 on field goals and 9-for-12 on extra points.