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With their kicker sidelined, Bucs activate France

By wire services
Published December 4, 2005

Placekicker Todd France was activated Saturday from the Bucs' practice squad for today's game against the Saints at Baton Rouge, La.

France will be available to replace Matt Bryant, who missed practice last week with a hamstring injury that hampered him during the 13-10 loss Nov. 27 to the Bears. Bryant missed a field-goal attempt that would have tied the score in the final minutes. He injured himself early in the game.

France lost the Tampa Bay kicking job in preseason to Bryant. He played three games this season for the Philadelphia Eagles, subbing for the injured David Akers. France hit on 6 of 7 field-goal tries and made all five extra-point attempts for Philadelphia.

Tight end Nate Lawrie was released to make room for France.

COWBOYS: Receiver Peerless Price was released a day before the Cowboys play the Giants in a meeting of the teams tied atop the NFC East.

Price had six catches for 96 yards in seven games after signing with Dallas as a free agent in September. He was used as a backup and also returned 12 punts for 63 yards.

[Last modified December 4, 2005, 01:19:16]


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