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Tupa Headed For Injured Reserve

The Redskins have placed punter Tom Tupa on Injured Reserve on Tuesday, ending the 17-year veteran's season with the team.

Tupa suffered a back injury during warm-ups before the Aug. 19 preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals. After a series of doctor visits over the last two weeks, Tupa met with head coach Joe Gibbs and team officials at Redskins Park on Tuesday to discuss his status.

The decision was made at that time to put Tupa on Injured Reserve.

The Redskins signed veteran punter Chris Mohr on Monday. Mohr, a 16-year vet who has played previously with the Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, is expected to compete with first-year punter Andy Groom in the next week for the Redskins' punting job.

Both Mohr and Groom also have experience serving as holders. Tupa served as the holder for long snapper Ethan Albright and kicker John Hall last season.

Mohr has appeared in 239 games in his career. He has recorded 1,152 punts for a 40.4-yard career average, with 281 inside the 20.

Groom replaced Tupa in each of the last two games and has played well as both a punter and holder. For the preseason, Groom has punted 13 times for a 42.3-yard average, with a long of 56 yards. He has landed six punts inside the 20.

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