After the Redskins' 17-16 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, punter Hunter Smith implored people to blame him for failing to bring down Nick Sundberg's high snap on the extra point. The Redskins have apparently listened. The team has released Smith, according to a report by CSN's Chick Hernandez.
In his place, the Redskins have signed Sam Paulescu to do the job. Paulescu is an Oregon State graduate who was picked in the 2007 NFL Draft. He has played for Dallas, Denver and (most recently) Tampa Bay, and even punted in one game for the Redskins back in 2009. He will also take over the holder duties, according to Hernandez. Paulescu will be the third punter to play for the Redskins this season, joining Smith and Josh Bidwell, who was placed on injured reserve.
It's kind of surprising that Smith would go before Graham Gano, considering the kicker missed two field goals from inside of 35 yards. The team brought in several kickers for a workout on Tuesday, but it doesn't look like they will replace Gano at this time.