ASHBURN, Va. -- There's little doubt about the lowlight of punter Hunter Smith's first go-round with the Washington Redskins -- and it had nothing to do with a punt.
After rejoining the Redskins by signing as a free agent Thursday, when Josh Bidwell went on season-ending injured reserve with a hip injury, Smith reminisced a bit about that one particular -- and peculiar -- play from 2009.
"Did you not know it was coming the second time?" Smith responded.
"I thought he was a brave man," Shanahan said about Smith.
Then, asked what he thought of that play design, Shanahan replied: "Oh, let's not go down there."
Smith missed three games in the 2009 season with a pulled groin in his kicking leg.
"I was surprised last year to play as well as I did, playing through an injury," Smith said. "I won't say it wasn't disappointing to not be on a team at the beginning of this year. But ... things have a way of shaking themselves out, and this one has turned out favorable."
Bidwell injured his hip while warming up before the Redskins' 30-16 loss at the St. Louis Rams in Week 3 and didn't kick, although he did hold for an extra point and field-goal attempts. He returned to action Sunday for a 17-12 victory at the Philadelphia Eagles, punting five times for a 37.2-yard average.
"He was hurting," Shanahan said. "You could tell by his facial expressions that something was wrong. And by his production, the way he punted, you could definitely tell something was wrong."
Bidwell averaged 41.7 yards on 15 punts this season.
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