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Travis Benjamin wins AFC special teams award

Travis Benjamin

Cleveland Browns’ Travis Benjamin celebrates after a 37-24 win over the Buffalo Bills in an NFL football game Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, in Cleveland. Benjamin had 179 punt return yards and a touchdown in the win. (AP Photo/David Richard)


Not only did Travis Benjamin get a punter fired, he picked up an award for last week’s performance.

The Browns punt returner was named AFC special teams player of the week, the second time in three weeks the team has had the award-winner.

Benjamin set a franchise record with 179 punt return yards against the Bills last Thursday, including a 79-yard touchdown and another 57-yarder which set up a field goal. The total yardage was sixth-most in league history, and the most in a game since 2004. He’s second in the league with a 15.1-yard average.

Punter Spencer Lanning won the award two weeks ago, but he didn’t cost anyone a job. The Bills released punter Shawn Powell after Benjamin’s big night.