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Hanson out after minor surgery

ALLEN PARK — Kicker Jason Hanson underwent a minor surgical procedure on his knee this morning and will be out indefinitely.
  Kicker Swayze Waters was signed to fill in.
  “(Hanson) did really well with it, the doctors are pleased with it. We’re optimistic we’ll get him back on the field pretty quickly,’’ coach Jim Schwartz said. “We brought Swayze back in to handle kicking for this preseason game and until Jason’s back to full speed.’’
    The coach wouldn’t be specific about which knee or the exact type of procedure done on the 39-year-old Hanson who is in his 18th season with the Lions. The coach said he had been bothered for over a week and was trying to work through it. Obviously he still had some strength because he kicked a 47-yard field goal in the preseason opening win on Saturday.
“The idea was rather than let it linger and turn into something that was going to nag him all season, which it most likely would have, we decided to do it now while we had a little bit of time and give him some time to recover and take the pressure off of having to handle that during the season,’’ Schwartz said.
   Waters had been with the Lions during minicamp.
   Room was available on the roster because linebacker Cody Spencer was placed on injured reserve after tearing his ACL in Saturday’s game.



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