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Broncos place kicker Prater on IR with groin injury

The Denver Broncos have placed kicker Matt Prater on season-ending injured reserve.

To fill the open roster spot, the Broncos promoted offensive lineman Jeff Byers from the practice squad to the active roster, the team announced Thursday.

Prater has missed the last two games with a groin injury. Steven Hauschka has filled in, connecting on 5 of 6 field-goal attempts in games at Arizona and Oakland.

In his career with the Broncos, Prater has made 71 of 87 field-goal attempts, the best accuracy rate in team history for anyone with a minimum of 50 attempts.

Known for a booming leg, Prater has made nine field-goal tries of 50 or more yards in his career, including two this season.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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