Kevin Huber injury: Punter placed on injured reserve with broken jaw, vertebrae

Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

The Bengals have suffered an odd injury to punter Kevin Huber on Sunday.

The Bengals will need a new punter following an injury to Kevin Huber against the Steelers on Sunday. Huber has been placed on injured reserve with a cracked vertebrae and a broken jaw, according to Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer. [Ed Note: The Bengals signed Shawn Powell to replace Huber on Tuesday afternoon.]

Huber suffered the injuries when he took a hit from Steelers linebacker Terence Garvin, as Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Brown returned a punt for a touchdown. The 28-year-old punter has been with the Bengals since 2009 and was drafted in the fifth round of that year's draft. Huber has yet to miss a game in five games.

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Huber has only allowed two punt return touchdowns in his career, including the Brown score on Sunday. His punts have a net average of 40.5 yard this season.

The Bengals host the Vikings in Week 16.

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