(ALLEN PARK) - The Detroit Lions filled the roster spot that head coach Steve Mariucci has said was "on hold." Detroit used the spot to sign veteran Cincinnati Bengals punter Nick Harris to replace the injured John Jett.
Harris was waived by the Bengals shortly after uncorking a 29-yard punt into the wind in overtime against the Buffalo Bills. The Bills took advantage of the great field position to kick a game-winning field goal.
Prior to his release, Harris was benched for one game by head coach Marvin Lewis for poor performance. The Bengals replaced Harris with former Baltimore Ravens punter Kyle Richardson.
Detroit could have had Richardson (career 41.2 average, 37.7 net) or former Lions punter Mark Royals who sports a career 42.2 average per punt (36.5 net) had they moved sooner.
Instead, Royals was snapped up by the Jaguars after their regular punter Chris Hanson took a chunk out of his leg with an axe used for motivational purposes by new head coach Jack Del Rio.
Harris is sporting a 38.7 (39.9 career) per punt average this season.