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The Ravens cut Steve Hauschka today after he missed a 36-yard field goal and had an extra point blocked in Cleveland.

Hauschka had won the job in training camp, but missed big kicks in Minnesota and Cincinnati, and was on shaky ground going into Cleveland Monday night.

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The Ravens will announce a replacement tomorrow. Mike Nugent and Billy Cundiff visited the Castle last week to try out, and the favorite likely is Nugent.

In a statement issued by the team, general manager Ozzie Newsome said:

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"We entered the season knowing that we would have to go through some growing pains with Steve. That happens with most new kickers in the NFL. But, for where we are as a team today, we need more consistent production from our kicker. Every one of our players has to step up to a Ravens' level of play, and that was not happening for Steve right now.

"While we do believe Steve will kick successfully in the league eventually, we need better right now. The string of important games coming up that are likely to be close, tough battles and his lack of production are reasons we needed to make this move now. We will sign a new kicker by tomorrow's practice."

After Monday's 16-0 win over the Browns, coach John Harbaugh said of Hauschka: "He's got to kick the ball better and with more confidence. We need our kicker to pay better than that.."

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