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Lanning wins AFC Special Teams Award

Posted Sep 25, 2013

Cleveland Browns punter Spencer Lanning has been named the AFC's Special Teams Player of the Week, the league announced Wednesday morning.

BEREA, Ohio – Cleveland Browns punter Spencer Lanning has earned AFC Special Teams Players of the Week for games played Sept. 19-23 (Week 3), the National Football League announced Wednesday.

In a 31-27 victory at Minnesota Sunday, Lanning booted five punts with a net average of 46.8 yards, with a career-long 56-yarder and two punts inside the 20-yard line. In addition to his punting duties, Lanning completed an 11-yard touchdown pass on a fake field goal to tight end Jordan Cameron. After an injury to kicker Billy Cundiff, Lanning also kicked the team’s extra point with 51 seconds remaining to give the Browns a four-point advantage.

He became the first NFL player with a punt, PAT and a touchdown pass in a game since Sam Baker (Philadelphia) on Oct. 13, 1968. He is also the first Browns punter to throw a touchdown pass since Brian Hansen in 1991 (Week 7).

Lanning is the first Browns player to win AFC Special Teams Player of the Week since Travis Benjamin in Week 14 in 2012, and the first Browns punter to win the award since Reggie Hodges in Week 13 in 2010.