2016 NFL Season

Kicker Cody Parkey returning to NFL, reports indicate

21037840-mmmainBy Mark Inabinett | minabinett@al.com  Email the author | Follow on Twitter

The Cleveland Browns plan to sign formerAuburn standout Cody Parkey after their place-kicker suffered an injury at practice on Friday, nj.com and cleveland.com have reported.

Patrick Murray hurt his left knee during Friday’s walkthrough. Last year when he was with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Murray tore the anterior cruciate ligament in the knee and underwent season-ending surgery.

Parkey was available after losing the competition for the Philadelphia Eagles’ kicking job to Caleb Sturgis.

The Browns visit the Miami Dolphins on Sunday for their third game of the 2016 season. Murray is listed as questionable onCleveland’s final injury report for the week. The designation indicates it’s uncertain if Murray will play. A doubtful designation would have indicated it’s unlikely he would play, and he also could have been declared out, meaning he would not play.

The Browns already have five players who started their Sunday game against the Baltimore Ravens who have been declared out for the contest against the Dolphins.

Parkey went to the Pro Bowl and set an NFL rookie scoring record in 2014 for Philadelphia. But he tore three groin muscles three games into the 2015 season, and Sturgis completed the campaign as the Eagles’ kicker.

The Eagles swung a preseason trade with the Indianapolis Colts in 2014 to obtain Parkey, who was headed for the waiver wire after providing training-camp competition for Adam Vinatieri, the No. 3 scorer in NFL history.

Parkey made it pay off with a Pro Bowl performance. He made all 54 of his extra-point attempts and 32-of-36 field-goal attempts to score 150 points and break the NFL rookie scoring record of 144 points set by Chicago Bears place-kicker Kevin Butler in 1985. Parkey also set a Philadelphia single-season scoring record, connected for an Eagles’ record four field goals of at least 50 yards and made the Pro Football Writers of America’s All-Rookie team in 2014.

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