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Hopkins couldn’t kick off

Posted by Chris Brown on October 7, 2013 – 3:37 pm

The Bills finally decided to shut down Dustin Hopkins for the season after he could not effectively deliver kickoffs in his attempted return from a groin injury.

Hopkins the past couple of weeks was kicking short field goals and extra points, but when Doug Marrone and the staff took Hopkins out to try kickoffs the leg power just wasn’t there.

“The problem was we were bringing him along, one step in kicking field goals, but the bigger issue was once we did the kickoffs, which is obviously a different type of movement, that was like, ‘Whoa,’ said Marrone. “We didn’t really know where
we were until we got to that step. The baby steps of going in and kicking an extra point, to kicking a 20-25 yard field goal, we were feeling good. But it’s a limited amount of movement, different than the kickoff.

“Once we went in there and started doing the kickoffs, we were like, ‘Wow, that movement is far behind.’ To say whether it’s a setback or not, I don’t know. We weren’t able to have that opportunity because we were trying to get him back.”

Knowing one of Hopkins greatest assets was his ability to kick touchbacks prior to the injury, the inability to do so made it hard to wait on his groin to heal any longer.

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