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As expected, Matt Prater to work out for Lions

Matt Prater

Denver Broncos kicker Matt Prater (5) runs off the field after kicking a 51-yard field goal to defeat the Chicago Bears in overtime of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011, in Denver. Denver won 13-10. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)


In perhaps the least surprising news of the day, perhaps the best available kicker is working out for the NFL’s worst kicking team tomorrow.

According to Mike Klis of the Denver Post, former Broncos kicker Matt Prater will be among the kickers trying out for the Lions.

The Lions have already blown through two kickers this year, making just 4-of-12 field goals between Nate Freese and Alex Henery, and just 1-of-9 from 40 yards or longer.

The last time we saw Prater, before his four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, he was 25-of-26 for the Broncos last year, leading the league in touchbacks.

While playing at elevation might have helped with the distance, kicking in the controlled environment of Ford Field shouldn’t create a drop-off in accuracy.

Prater reportedly has interest from four other teams, but the Lions appear to have the first crack at him.