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Redskins Try Out Five Kickers

November 8, 2000

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) _ Five kickers, including 44-year-old Eddie Murray, auditioned for the Washington Redskins on Wednesday.

Murray, Scott Bentley, Jimmy Kibble, Dan McGuire and Jon Baker took turns aiming at the goalposts after practice at Redskins Park. Three special teams prospects _ Corey Chamblin, Ruffin Hamilton and Kenny Shedd _ also worked out.

Coach Norv Turner said any signings would be announced Thursday.

Murray has made his reputation as a consistent kicker from 40 yards and closer. He played for Turner’s Redskins in 1995, and the two were also together when Turner was an assistant coach at Dallas in 1993.

But Murray didn’t have much range on field goals or kickoffs when he played for the Redskins four years ago. If the Redskins sign him, they would almost certainly sign a second, younger kicker to handle kickoffs.

Murray said he was probably going to retire before the Redskins cut him in 1996, but he joined Minnesota in 1997 and returned to the Cowboys for four games last year.

The Redskins are searching for their fourth kicker of the season after cutting rookie Kris Heppner on Monday. Heppner missed two fourth-quarter field goals in Sunday’s 16-15 loss to Arizona.

The team is also looking for special teams players after allowing a punt return for a touchdown against Tennessee last week and a long kickoff return that set up the winning touchdown against Arizona.

The Redskins have a bye this week, with their next game Nov. 20 at St. Louis.

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