Whomever said kickers are interchangeable in pro football obviously didn't have Matt Prater on his team.
Prater, the leagues most accurate kicker, who can and has knocked them down from over 60-yards away will sit out the first 4 games of the Denver Broncos season.
The reason: He violated the NFL Substance Abuse policy.
According to the Denver Post, Prater had been in the leagues Substance Abuse Program since his DUI arrest in 2011. And while specifics of the violation haven't been disclosed, in a story first reported by the Post, Prater's agent implied his client had a couple of beers while at home.
Officially, the announcement of Prater's suspension isn't supposed to happen until Monday, but the Post reported it on Sunday.
You can read the full story from the Denver newspaper RIGHT HERE
Denver was the leagues highest scoring team last season and Prater himself accounted for 150 points. The only other kicker brought into camp this preseason is rookie Mitch Ewald from Indiana.
Since there are always journeyman kickers available to come in and play for a few games, the guess here is the Broncos will bring a couple in, see how they do and have a plan B ready in case Ewald isn't up to the task.
This video explains why the Broncos will miss Prater--a 64-yard field goal....