BY NICK ST. DENIS
At least Dan Carpenter can say he traveled well.
The veteran kicker is now on his third AFC East team in as many weeks, officially signing with the Buffalo Bills Tuesday. The Miami Dolphins released Carpenter in mid-August, and the New York Jets acquired his services last week after he was signed and cut by the Arizona Cardinals.
Carpenter didn't last but four days with the Jets before getting dropped, but he caught back on in the division quickly.
Rookie Dustin Hopkins, who beat out veteran Ryan Lindell for the Bills' kicker job, reportedly injured his groin in practice Monday, prompting Buffalo to hit up the free agent wire. The severity of Hopkins' injury is yet to be disclosed, but the Bills' using their final roster spot on Carpenter signals Hopkins won't be a go Week 1 against the New England Patriots.
Carpenter may be a rental, or he may be Hopkins' replacement if the youngster hits the IR list.
Or maybe the veteran boot can impress New England enough Sunday to arrange future employment, rounding out his divisional resume.
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