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The Broncos have placed K Matt Prater (groin) on IR, ending his 2010 season.  Steven Hauschka will handle kicking duties for Denver for the last 2 games.

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Former Lions K Matt Prater is joining the Cardinals on a 2-year deal. It’s an upside landing spot for the reliable fantasy kicker. Arizona ranked 6th in yards and 13th in scoring last year, the 2nd season for HC Kliff Kingsbury

Lions K Matt Prater (back) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Bucs. He only got in 1 limited practice this week. We'd look for a healthier option for Week 16 fantasy lineups.

ESPN's Ed Werder reports that former Broncos K Matt Prater is expected to sign with the Lions after trying out for the team Tuesday.  Denver cut Prater after he returned from a season-opening suspension.  But there was certainly nothing wrong with his kicking last year, when Prater hit 25 of 26 FG attempts.  Detroit opened this season with Nate Freese and then Alex Henery, who combined to go 0 for 6 in the 40-49 yard range over the 1st 5 games.  It's a good situation for Prater's fantasy value: a solid offense and an indoor home field.

The Broncos are releasing K Matt Prater, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.  Prater was set to come off his 4-game suspension next week.  K Brandon McManus has been solid in his place, though, connecting on all 3 of his FGs and 8 XPs.  And Denver saves some money by going with the youngster.  McManus will be a solid fantasy option the rest of the way.  Prater could get signed by another team (Kansas City?) this year.

The Denver Post reports that Broncos K Matt Prater has been suspended for the season's 1st 4 games under the league substance-abuse policy.  The 4-game suspension for an alcohol-related offense comes as part of a deal worked out between Prater's lawyer and the league, which allegedly threatened a full-year ban.  Prater had been part of the substance-abuse program since his 2011 DUI.  Because of the brokered deal, no appeal is expected.  You should obviously avoid Prater as your fantasy kicker now, unless you're in the kind of super-deep league that drafts 2 per team.  This situation joins preseason injuries to build a strong argument in favor of including a pre-Week 1 waiver run in all lineup-setting fantasy formats.  Denver's current backup is rookie Mitch Ewald.

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