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Yes that's right Australian Darren Bennett is back punting at Minnesota Vikings

So to my count that is three Australians' in the NFL (Benny is at the Jets and Matty is at the Cowboys)

Don't believe me that Dazza is back? then read this article.....


Vikings sign punter Bennett to replace Kluwe

ESPN.com news services

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Vikings on Monday agreed to terms with veteran punter Darren Bennett, who will replace the injured Chris Kluwe on Sunday when the Vikings play St. Louis.


Coach Mike Tice chose Bennett -- who punted for Minnesota last season -- after a three-man tryout between Bennett, Leo Araguz and Nick Murphy.

To create a roster spot for Bennett, who most felt would retire after he was released, the Vikings waived defensive lineman Eric Taylor and then re-signed him to the practice squad.

In 10 seasons, most of them spent with the San Diego Chargers, Bennett, 40, averaged 43.5 yards gross and 36.8 yards net on 828 punts. He has 261 punts inside the 20-yard line and just 62 touchbacks and, in his prime, possessed one of the strongest legs in the league. Bennett was named the punter on the NFL's team of the decade for the 1990s.

Signed by the Vikings in 2004 after the Chargers released him, Bennett posted a gross average of 39.3 yards and a 35.3-yard net average in his first season in Minnesota. The gross average was the lowest of his career and the net average was his second worst. The Vikings released Bennett on Sept. 3 in the final wholesale roster cutdown before the start of the season.

The team then claimed Kluwe, an undrafted free agent from UCLA who had been in camp with the Seattle Seahawks this summer, on waivers and he has proven a terrific pickup for them.

Kluwe, 23, has punted 58 times for a 45.3-yard gross average and a net average of 36.8 yards. He ranks fifth in the league in gross average and has 11 kicks inside the 20-yard line and six touchbacks. He strained his right knee Sunday, remained in the game, and subsequently sprained his left ankle.

ESPN.com senior writer Len Pasquarelli and The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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