ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports the Detroit Lions will place veteran kicker Jason Hanson on season-ending injured reserve today.
Hanson, 40, injured his right knee during a November loss to the New York Jets. In the second half of that game, rookie defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was pressed into duty for an extra point attempt, which failed. The Lions added another touchdown, which Hanson kicked the extra point on, but the loss of that point allowed the Jets to tie the game on a last second field goal, sending the game into overtime, where the Jets won on a 30-yard field goal.
Veteran kicker Dave Rayner was signed the following week, and is 4-for-6 on field goal attempts, including 3-of-5 from beyond 40 yards, in the three weeks since. Rayner is expected to handle the kicking duties for the remainder of the season.
Hanson has been with the Lions since being selected in the second round (56th overall) of the 1992 NFL Draft out of Washington State, and is signed through the 2012 season. During his 295-game career, Hanson has connected on 439-of-536 field goal attempts (81.9%) and is the Lions’ all-time leading scorer with 1,890 points, the 7th-highest total in NFL history.