Geoff Hobson is reporting this morning that Mike Nugent's doctors at Ohio State have cleared him to play. That means a competition for kicker in training camp.
Clint Stitser finished out the season after Nugent injured his knee against the Indianapolis Colts. Stitser converted seven of eight field goal attempt with a long of 47 yards, but was only eight of ten in extra point conversions.
Prior to his injury, Nugent was the focal point of a Bengal offense that struggled to find the end zone on a regular basis. He had made 15 of 19 attempts with a long of 54 yards and converted all 17 of his extra point attempts.
With a new offensive coordinator and a rookie quarterback, the kicking game once again appears to be an important cog in the Bengals offensive plans. Punter Kevin Huber reports that Nugent looks fully recovered. If that's the case, Nugent's length, kickoff abilities, and impressive track record should win him his old job back.
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