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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – The Denver Broncos have cut ties with Matt Prater, who's about to come off his four-game suspension.
First-year kicker Brandon McManus has turned his temp job into a full-time one.
In a statement, GM John Elway said releasing Prater was "a very difficult football decision."
He added that McManus "has earned the opportunity to continue kicking for our team with how well he's played to start the season. He has a very strong leg and we have confidence in him on both field goals and kickoffs."
Prater appeared in 96 regular-season games for Denver from 2007-13, connecting on 141 of 170 (.829) field goal attempts and 259 of 261 (.992) extra point attempts for 682 total points. He registered 262 touchbacks on 497 kickoffs (.527) for the Broncos while posting eight special-teams tackles.
Last year, he kicked an NFL record 64-yard field goal against Tennessee.
He was suspended for drinking alcohol, a violation of terms of the NFL's drug policy, which Prater found himself under after a DUI arrest earlier in his career.
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