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Cleveland Browns evaluating kicker situation after Austin Seibert's struggles

Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski said that the team isn't committed to either keeping or cutting Austin Seibert after his struggles in the season opener.

After Austin Seibert missed both of his kicks against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, it appeared his time as the Cleveland Browns' starting kicker could be nearing an end.

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Asked about making a potential kicking change on Monday, Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski wouldn't commit to either keeping or cutting Seibert, stating that the team would "wait to gather more information."

Selected out of Oklahoma in the fifth round of the 2019 NFL Draft, Seibert was solid in his rookie season, connecting on 25 of 29 field goal attempts, with a long of 53 yards, as well as 30 of his 35 extra-point tries. But after securing Cleveland's starting kicking spot in training camp, his 2020 campaign got off to a rocky start, as he missed his only field goal attempt (40 yards), as well as his only extra-point try in the Browns' 38-6 defeat at the hands of the Ravens on Sunday.

Speaking to reporters after the game on Sunday, Stefanski acknowledged the need for Seibert to play better than he did against Baltimore.

"I expect him to make those kicks," Stefanski said. "I hold him to the same standard that we hold every other player on this team. He has to make those kicks."

As a precaution due to the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Browns are currently carrying kicker Cody Parkey on their practice squad. If Cleveland is going to make a change, it shouldn't take long, as the Browns will next take the field on Thursday night, when they host the Cincinnati Bengals at FirstEnergy Stadium.