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Redskins Sign Gano, Release Suisham


The Redskins signed place kicker Graham Gano to the roster and released Shaun Suisham, the team announced on Tuesday.

Gano, a rookie out of Florida State, was with the Baltimore Ravens in preseason but lost the kicking job to Steve Hauschka.

He was with the Las Vegas Locomotives of the United Football League earlier this year. He converted 14-of-16 field goals, including a league-high 53-yarder, and he also kicked the game-winner in the UFL championship game.

At Florida State, Gano won the Lou Groza Award as the league's best kicker and earned All-America honors during his senior season. He made 24-of-26 field goals, including 18 in a row, for the Seminoles.

Gano, 6-1 and 200 pounds, replaces Suisham, who has served as the Redskins' kicker since December 2006.

Suisham missed a 23-yard field goal in the fourth quarter of last Sunday's game vs. New Orleans. It proved to be a critical miss, as the Saints rallied to defeat the Redskins 33-30.

Suisham had connected on 18-of-21 field goals for the Redskins in 2009.

Despite his periodic struggles the last two seasons, Suisham leaves the Redskins as the club's all-time leader in field goal percentage (minimum 100 attempts). He converted 81-of-101 field goal attempts, an 80.0 percent clip. Chip Lohmiller is second with a field goal percentage of 71.4.

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