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Slip against Bucs costs Redskin his job

ASHBURN, Va. — After letting the snap on what would have been the tying extra point go through his hands in Sunday's one-point loss to the Bucs, Redskins punter/holder Hunter Smith said: "If anybody needs to lose their job, it's me."

Smith lost his job Tuesday. The Redskins cut him two days after his gaffe in a 17-16 loss to Tampa Bay. The Redskins replaced Smith with Sam Paulescu, who was briefly with the team last year and also briefly punted for the Bucs.

Smith mishandled the PAT snap after the Redskins pulled within one point on a touchdown with nine seconds left Sunday. The loss eliminated the Redskins from playoff contention. Smith was also struggling as a punter. His gross average of 40.5 ranks 30th in the NFL, and his net average of 33.7 yards ranks 31st.

Former Bull joins Bucs

The Bucs officially put defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and linebacker Quincy Black on injured reserve, and brought former USF linebacker Tyrone McKenzie and defensive end George Johnson up from the practice squad.

McCoy is scheduled for surgery today on his torn biceps.

McKenzie, a third-round pick of the Patriots in 2009, spent his rookie season on injured reserve after a knee injury. Johnson is a rookie free agent from Rutgers.

The Bucs also added linebacker J.D. Folsom to the practice squad.

VIKINGS MOVE GAME: The Vikings announced that Monday night's game against Chicago will be played at the University of Minnesota's outdoor facility, TCF Bank Stadium. On Saturday, the roof collapsed at the Vikings' home, the Metrodome, as snow poured in and a gash opened in the roof's fabric.

Also, interim coach Leslie Frazier said the team hopes to have Brett Favre back this season — and possibly this week. Favre's NFL-record streak of starting 297 straight games ended when a sprained throwing shoulder and numb hand kept him out of Monday's loss to the Giants. And rookie cornerback Chris Cook (knee) went on injured reserve.

LABOR: Thom Mayer, co-chair of the Mackey-White Traumatic Brain Injury Committee and the medical director for the NFL Players' Association, says there could be about 250,000 additional plays — leading to extra collisions and injuries — if the regular season is 18 games. The league has made increasing the regular season from 16 games a centerpiece of its negotiations with the union for a new collective bargaining agreement. … U.S. District Judge William Alsup tossed out a lawsuit by several retired players dissatisfied with a $26 million settlement between the union and about 2,000 retirees. In 2008, a jury found the union failed to pursue marketing deals on their behalf.

COX CASE: Broncos rookie cornerback Perrish Cox could face life in prison if convicted of sexual assault charges filed by prosecutors last week. A portion of the case unsealed by a Douglas County (Colo.) judge shows the sexual assault charges are Class 3 and Class 4 felonies, which carry a sentence of between two years to life in prison.

BENGALS: Receiver Terrell Owens says the team's lousy season is the result of "underachieving from the top down," and particularly points a finger at the coaches. Teammate Chad Ochocinco asked Owens during their T.Ocho Show on Versus why he thinks the team is 2-11. "I think there's underachieving from the top down," Owens said. "You start with the owner, you start with the coaches. And obviously we as players, we are a product of what the coaches are coaching us throughout the course of the week. Of course, we have to go out there and play the game."

BILLS: Wide receiver Lee Evans went on season-ending injured reserve with a sprained ankle.

BROWNS: The team signed defensive back Coye Francies and waived defensive back Eric King.

CHARGERS: The team sold enough tickets to avoid a local TV blackout of Thursday's home game against San Francisco.

DOLPHINS: Offensive tackle Vernon Carey (knee) went on injured reserve. The team signed receiver Kevin Curtis.

EAGLES: Michael Vick, at a school appearance where he spoke out against dogfighting, also said his wish was to stay in Philadelphia next season. Vick drew the loudest response when a student asked whether he would be an Eagle next season. "I would hope so," Vick said as most of the assembly erupted into cheers. "A lot of things have to happen. A lot of things have to take place. … But hopefully I'm a Philadelphia Eagle next season." Vick is in the second year of a two-year deal but labor unrest has put almost all contract negotiations on hold. … Two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Derrick Burgess signed to replace injured rookie Brandon Graham.

PANTHERS: Defensive end Everette Brown (wrist), a former Florida State standout, and linebacker Jason Williams (torn ACL) are out for the season.

SEAHAWKS: Offensive lineman Paul Fanaika was signed off the Browns' practice squad.

STEELERS: Tight end Heath Miller passed post-concussion neurological tests and will return to practice today.

TITANS: Starting center Eugene Amano went on injured reserve because of a neck injury.

Times staff writers Rick Stroud and Stephen F. Holder contributed to this report.

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