Kicker Roger Ruzek, released by the Philadelphia Eagles in Septe
PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Kicker Roger Ruzek, released by the Philadelphia Eagles in September, agreed Tuesday to rejoin the club.
″It’s great to be back,″ said Ruzek, who is expcted to sign Wednesday. ″I hold no grudges that the Eagles let me go earlier. I’m just happy to be back and to have the chance to help right away.″
Ruzek, 32, kicked for the Eagles from game 12 of the 1989 season to Sept. 24 this year. He was released after injuring his hamstring and was replaced by Matt Bahr.
Bahr missed his last three attempts, including a 45-yard field goal at the end of the Eagles’ 10-7 loss Sunday to Buffalo. He was released Monday.
″I think Roger is a quality kicker and I’m glad to have him back,″ coach Rich Kotite said. ″When we released him earlier in the season, I said it was the toughest decision I had to make as a coach. In fact, I told him at the time, not to be surprised if our paths crossed again, and sure enough here we are.″
Ruzek was 2-for-4 on field goal attempts through the first two games this season. He sat out the third game with the hamstring injury.
He said he was working on his own in Ogden, Utah, after leaving the Eagles. He had a workout with the San Francisco 49ers around Thanksgiving.
The Eagles Tuesday also tried out former Dallas Cowboy Lin Elliott, former New England Patriot Jason Staurovsky and Scott Bonnell, a rookie from Indiana University who spent last summer with the Chicago Bears.