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August 17, 2010 - Mike McLain
BEREA -- One reason why the Browns have one of the NFL's best special teams every season is because of punter Dave Zastudil's solid performances.
They officially lost that advantage Tuesday when Zastudil was placed on reserve-injured with a right knee injury. Zastudil had surgfery to repair the patella tendon in the knee during the offseason. He was on the field for the start of training camp but left to have the knee examined by a personal physician.
With Zastudil done before the start of the season, the job of handling the punting chores falls on the right foot of Reggie Hodges. The Browns signed Hodges last Nov. 15 after Zastudil was injured. He averagd 39.7 yards on 67 punts in 12 games.
Hodges was with St. Louis and Philadelphia in 2005. He didn't play the next two seasons. In 12 games with the New York Jets in 2008 Hodges averaged 42.8 yards on 44 punts.
The Browns held out hope that Zastudil's injury would improve, but the opinion of team and personal physicians concluded that it would be best for him to shut it down.
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