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Broncos Kicker Prater Faces 4-Game Suspension

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DENVER (AP) — Matt Prater, the NFL’s best kicker, is facing a four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, according to the Denver Post.

The Broncos declined to comment on the report, and neither Prater nor his lawyer, Harvey Steinberg, replied to text messages from The Associated Press early Sunday morning.

The newspaper said Prater’s suspension was alcohol-related. He has been in the league’s substance abuse program since he was charged with DUI on Aug. 12, 2001.

Prater led the league last year by making 25 of 26 field goals (96.2 percent), including a record-breaking 64-yarder in December against Tennessee. He led the league with 81 kickoff touchbacks.

Prater missed two of four field goal tries this preseason. His backup is Mitch Ewald, a rookie from Indiana. But the Broncos might look to bring in a veteran kicker while he serves his suspension.

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