Detroit Lions punter Kasey Redfern is out for the remainder of the season after tearing the ACL and MCL in his knee, along with a partially torn patellar tendon, in Sunday’s victory over Arizona.
Redfern was injured after bobbling a snap on a punt. He attempted to run first the first down, but was hit hard at the end of the play by Arizona’s Ifeanyi Momah. Redfern was carted to the locker room, with kicker Matt Prater handling the punting duties for the rest of the game.
“This young man has worked extremely hard and he’s done a nice job for us,” Lions coach Jim Caldwell said of Redfern after Sunday’s game. “I was looking for him to have the kind of year he’s shown he was having throughout the preseason.”
Redfern was replacing Sam Martin, who opened the season on the non-football injury list and cannot return until at least Week 7. Martin suffered an ankle injury while away from the team before the start of training camp, and it is uncertain when he will be ready to return.
The Lions will work out punters early this week and will sign a replacement for Redfern before their Week 2 game against the New York Giants. Among the punters expected to work out this week are former Miami punter Matt Darr and Drew Butler, who was a camp leg for the Lions in 2014, according to the Detroit Free Press.
“I can think there are a lot that are a lot more difficult,” Caldwell said when asked if it was difficult for a punter to fit in on a team on short notice. “But it’s just a matter of a guy doing his job, plain and simple. There are going to be some things he’s not going to know right away. We can limit that but if he does his main job, that’s what counts.”