Nugent given the boot by Buccaneers
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers cut kicker Mike Nugent a day after he missed two field goals in a 16-13 loss to the Washington Redskins.
Nugent missed kicks of 49 and 48 yards Sunday, and was 2 of 6 on field-goal attempts through four games.
Tampa Bay worked out former Indianapolis kicker Shane Andrus and signed him as Nugent's replacement on Monday.
The 2005 second-round draft pick signed with Tampa Bay as a free agent in March after spending the first four seasons of his career with the New York Jets.
After going 0 for 4 on his first four attempts for the Bucs, the fifth-year pro made kicks of 37 and 22 yards against the Redskins.
Andrus began the season with the Colts, handling kickoff duties in the team's opener against Jacksonville.
He made 5 of 6 field goals and converted four extra points to lead Indianapolis with 19 points during the pre-season. The Bucs also released reserve cornerback Marcus Hamilton.
His roster spot could be filled this week when safety Tanard Jackson is eligible to return from a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.