Bengals punter Kevin Huber suffers fractured jaw

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Cincinnati Bengals punter Kevin Huber suffered a broken jaw on Antonio Brown's 67-yard punt return for a touchdown in the first quarter.

With 1:27 remaining in the first quarter, Bengals punter Kevin Huber kicked the football to the Steelers 33-yard line. Antonio Brown fielded the punt, found a lane and cut up-field for the 67-yard return for a touchdown giving the Steelers a 21-0 lead.

During the return, linebacker Terence Garvin drilled Huber (with the officials missing a helmet shot), flattening the punter. After a few seconds on the ground, Huber jogged into the locker room with a blood-soaked piece of cloth in his mouth.

Initially the team announced that Huber was questionable to return with a dental injury. Later he was declared out with a fractured jaw.

Mike Nugent replaced Huber and kicked his first punt since '05, driving the football 37 yards to the Steelers 33-yard line. No word on whom the team's backup holder would be; considering how poorly this game is developing, we may never find out. Huber had a rough start on Sunday, dropping a snap for a punt that led to Pittsburgh's opening touchdown.

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