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The Pittsburgh Steelers released the most accurate kicker in team history

Shaun Suisham's job was in jeopardy following Chris Boswell's strong kicking performance last season, and then Suisham failed his physical and was released today.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have released kicker Shaun Suisham with the designation of Failed Physical, the team announced today.

“Unfortunately Shaun incurred a setback in his recovery from knee surgery that won’t allow him to compete in a timely manner,” said Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert. “Shaun has played a significant role in our success during his time in Pittsburgh. He has been the consummate professional on the field and in our community. We wish he and his family all the best in the future."

Suisham is by far the most accurate kicker in team history. He joined the Steelers in 2010 and converted 124 of 141 field goal attempts and all of his 173 extra points over the next five years. Suisham's 87.9 percent accuracy ranks ahead of Norm Johnson's second-place percentage of 82.7.

Suisham has the fourth-most field goals and attempts in team history, and also the fourth-longest field goal in team history at 53 yards behind Kris Brown's 55-yarder in 2001.

In 2013, Suisham set a team record by making 93.8 percent of his kicks. His percentages of 93.3 in 2010 and 90.6 in 2014 rank second and fifth respectively in team annals.

Suisham, of course, injured his knee on the opening kickoff of the Hall of Fame preseason game last year and spent the season on injured reserve. He was regarded by all as a class act whose sunny disposition will be missed by those on, with and close to the team.

To replace Suisham on the roster, the Steelers signed running back Brandon Johnson Johnson was a tryout participant for the Steelers’ 2016 rookie mini-camp and played collegiately at Penn State.


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