Blog Entry

Jason Hanson to IR; future in Detroit?

Posted on: December 2, 2010 11:27 am
Edited on: December 2, 2010 11:35 am
Posted by Andy Benoit

It’s been a little weird watching a Lions game this season and not seeing Jason Hanson jogging onto the field to kick. Hanson has been with the club since 1992.

Get used to the weirdness, though. Per multiple media outlets, the Lions are set to place the 40-year-old on Injured Reserve (leg). Dave Rayner will handle the kicking duties for the remainder of the season.

There’s an unfortunate fun (or unfun) fact with Hanson’s injury: he has played 295 games with the Lions. Bruce Matthews holds the record for most games played with one franchise (Oilers/Titans). Matthews’ mark? 296.

It’s not known whether Hanson will get a chance to surpass Matthews. When middle-aged players end the season on IR, they generally aren’t brought back the following year. It’s doubtful the Lions know what to do with Hanson at this point.

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed .


Since: Jan 8, 2009
Posted on: December 3, 2010 12:26 am

Jason Hanson to IR; future in Detroit?

As a longtime Packer fan, I've enjoyed and respected the Zen Master kicking all these years.  He was the one guy that was totally reliable and the consumate pro every year for the otherwise drifting franchise.  He reminded me of the great Morten Anderson who kicked year after miserable year for the Saints until he escaped for greener pastures and a shot at the Super Bowl with Atlanta.  Ironically, Hanson replaced another legendary Detroit kicker in Eddie Murray.  Eddie kicked for a few years more after that and I doubt very much that Hanson will retire if the Lions part ways with him.  With the kicking in this league the way it is, he'll get a shot somewhere else if Detroit is foolish enough to let him go.

Since: Dec 2, 2010
Posted on: December 2, 2010 10:44 pm

Hanson the Hero

It would be horrible to see our number 4 leave. Hanson has been one of the most important part of the lions franchise. He has had a longer career than 10 of the lions first round draft picks and over 70 of the lions draft picks since his career started. Since he has been with the lions over 32 percent of all the offensive points have been by Hanson. He is a two time pro-bowler and two time alternate for pro bowl. He has been a class act for the Franchise and a Fan favorite. He was the lone star on a horrendous 0-16 team  kicking 95% of his field goals and earning one of his two pro bowl alternates. When our teams defense was horrible and our offense a joke we could always count on our kicker to get the job done. I hope he comes back at least to get the record but if Hanson retires one thing is for certain he is Hall of Fame to any Lions fan

Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2010 6:59 pm

Jason Hanson to IR; future in Detroit?

Jason Hanson = Nick Lidstrom   - As for Hanson returning, I think that should be up to him as he has earned that right.

Since: Jun 12, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2010 6:23 pm

Jason Hanson to IR; future in Detroit?

I will never understand the person who posts "who cares?"

Do you actually want an answer? Lions fans and fans of the game who are interested when one of the all time greats may be hanging it up.

I mean what are you trying to accomplish? It's not like the topic of the article was a secret, the title tells the whole story. Which makes it all the more curious why you not only clicked on an article you aren't interested but also commented on the article. Maybe you are just trying to pick a fight or seem like your too cool to care about matters that are trivial to you but all you accomplish is making yourself look like a tool.

As for Hanson's future, I find it hard to believe that if Hanson is able to kick that the Lions won't give him the opportunity to play and break the record. That may not be something Hanson is interested in, he doesnt seem like the type that would take a ceremonial record if he wasn't actually needed.

I suspect he will be back on the field next year.

Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2010 6:06 pm

Jason Hanson to IR; future in Detroit?

Jason has been a class act.  As a Packer fan, I cringed each time he stepped up to kick a field goal.  The guy is absolute gold.  Today, it seems, every play some player has to do some sort of dance; bring attention to himself.  Jason just goes and does his job then goes home to his family.  I do hope he comes back, he's a breath of fresh air.

Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2010 5:55 pm

Jason Hanson to IR; future in Detroit?

He's a kicker..whats the big deal?  Sign him to a minimum contract and let him kick off in the first two games so he sets the record the, if they want to, cut him for a better kicker if he's not 100%.

Since: Jul 12, 2010
Posted on: December 2, 2010 5:43 pm

Jason Hanson to IR; future in Detroit?

Talk about a kick to the pun intended.  Almost sets a record and this happens, man thats gotta suck.

Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2010 4:35 pm

Jason Hanson to IR; future in Detroit?

@Greekos.....who cares? you must, you read the article....dumbass

Giant's fan with an annoying avatar.................nuff' said!

Since: Dec 16, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2010 2:24 pm

Jason Hanson to IR; future in Detroit?

I hope he does make it back. It's not mentioned in the report, but Hanson is also the Detroit Lions all time point-leader, with 1890. I don't know if it's common for a kickers to be leading teams in points, but he does. In a time where it seems like teams are changing their kickers every few weeks, he's been kicking with one team for 19 seasons. And has been doing so to the point where you almost took him for granted, that 3 points would be put up whenever he lined up for a field goal. All that being said, I really want to see him come back, so that he can finish his career on his terms, and not having it ended for him by injury.

Since: Jul 29, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2010 2:17 pm

Jason Hanson to IR; future in Detroit?

Figures his career would end up 1 game short of a all time record. Is there a more cursed franchise then this one? If so, somebody let me know,. Sadly he is probably one of the best players we have had.

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or