After turning in another abysmal performance against the Buccaneers (a blunder of his cost his team the win), the Washington Redskins' Hunter Smith was the first to admit he deserved to lose his job. He must possess a prophetic streak as his prediction came true on Tuesday: the Redskins waived him, adding Sam Paulescu to the roster, to take over his punting and holding duties. It may have been a mishandled snap that ended up costing Smith his job, but he wasn't exactly stellar as a punter either. His 40.5 punting average was only good for 30th in the league. The incoming Paulescu will be the 3rd Redskins punter this season.
In other news: Bret Favre may be down, but he may not be as ready to call it the season as some folks hope. Playoff hopes may have faded into the distance for the Vikings too, but that doesn't change the fact that the team needs Favre back on his quarterback duties. According to head coach Leslie Frazier, Favre may be back in action as early as Monday, against the Bears. Still complaining of soreness in his sprained throwing shoulder and a numb hand, Favre has not yet been placed on the injured list by the Vikings. The Vikings-Bears game will take place at the TCF Bank Stadium of the University of Minnesota, as the Metrodome's roof will not be repaired by kickoff time.
As playoff contenders rally ranks with the approach of the postseason, for several players, the season has already come to an end. Eugene Amano of the Titans, Gerald McCoy of the Buccaneers, Deon Butler of the Seahawks and Vernon Carey of the Dolphins are all out with various injuries. The Steelers' Heath Miller, who suffered a concussion on Dec 5th passed his neurological tests, which means he will probably not make the above casualty-list.