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Bengals get new punter

Published 1:15am Thursday, January 2, 2014

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Bengals have changed punters for the playoffs, waiving Shawn Powell after only two games and signing Zoltan Mesko.

Powell was signed after Kevin Huber suffered a season-ending broken jaw during a 30-20 loss in Pittsburgh on Dec. 15. Powell shanked a 10-yard punt during a 34-17 win over Baltimore on Sunday.

Mesko was New England’s fifth-round pick in 2010. The Patriots released him on Aug. 31, and he punted in seven games for Pittsburgh before he was waived on Oct. 29.

The Bengals also signed tight end Kevin Brock on Tuesday, giving them a replacement for Alex Smith, who is out for the playoffs with a dislocated wrist. Brock played two games for Buffalo in 2011 and four games for Kansas City this season.

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