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The Buffalo Bills released two punters in the same week. They need to field a punter before the NFL opener against the Los Angeles Rams next week.

Buffalo cut ties with Matt Haack on Monday and gave the job to rookie sixth-round pick Matt Araiza. Then a civil lawsuit was filed against Araiza, alleging that he raped a 17-year-old girl last year while he was a senior at San Diego State. The Bills sat Araiza for their final preseason game Friday amid the public relations firestorm and released him on Saturday.

The Bills can shop the free agent market or bring in a player who is a roster cut casualty. NFL rosters have to be trimmed down to 53 players by 4 p.m. on Tuesday.

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More:Attorney for woman who accused Matt Araiza of rape blasts Bills and his representation

Buffalo reportedly worked out four punters on Sunday: Michael Palardy, Ty Long, Tyler Newsome and Joseph Charlton.

Here are some of the Bills’ options and the status of those players as of Monday morning.

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Tennessee Titans punter Brett Kern (6) punts the ball during the second quarter of an AFC divisional playoff game at Nissan Stadium Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022 in Nashville, Tenn.

Brett Kern, in training camp with Tennessee Titans

The hometown two-time All-Pro could return to western New York. Kern, 36, is a Grand Island native and 2004 Grand Island High School graduate. The 14-year veteran has appeared in three-straight Pro Bowls and has spent the last 13 seasons with the Tennessee Titans.

Kern is eighth all-time with 395 punts inside the 20-yard line and 19th in NFL history with a 45.9 average.

Tennessee Titans punter Ryan Stonehouse warms up during a training camp practice at Ascension Saint Thomas Sports Park Monday, Aug. 22, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn.

Ryan Stonehouse, in training camp with Tennessee Titans

The undrafted free agent out of Colorado State is pushing Brett Kern for the job. Stonehouse is the NCAA FBS record-holder with a 47.8 career average yards per punt and has put together an impressive camp. Stonehouse is averaging 50.2 yards per punt in the preseason and has booted punts of 68, 64 and 60 yards.

More:Tennessee Titans GM Jon Robinson says punter competition makes for ‘a tough decision’

Drue Chrisman punted twice against the Rams, with one of those punts traveling 65 yards.

Drue Chrisman, in training camp with Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals have a punter competition. Chrisman had a 65-yard punt in the final preseason game and may have taken the lead in the battle as he tries to unset veteran Kevin Huber. The Cincinnati native was the top punting prospect in the country out of high school. He played at Ohio State and was a second-team All-Big Ten member with a 45.0 punt average as a senior in 2021. He was supposed to compete for the job last year but suffered an injury. Chrisman is getting another shot with the Bengals.

FILE - Cincinnati Bengals punter Kevin Huber (10) punts in the first half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022, in Cleveland. Huber has been a Bengals fan all his life. He grew up in Cincinnati, went to college there and rooted for the city to celebrate a championship. The 36-year-old Bengals punter is the team's longest-tenured player and he's a victory away from helping deliver a Super Bowl title to his city - and fulfilling a dream that started as a young fan in the stands at Riverfront Stadium. (AP Photo/Nick Cammett, File)

Kevin Huber, in training camp with Cincinnati Bengals

Huber has spent all 14 seasons with his hometown team since the Bengals drafted him in the fifth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. His high school alma mater is only about 30 minutes from Drue Chrisman’s, though he’s 12 years older than his training camp foe. Huber holds franchise records for punting average (45.3) and net average (41.8) and has made 980 punts with the Bengals. He’s in the top 20 in NFL history in punt average and punts downed inside the 20-yard line. Huber, 37, doesn’t plan to retire if Cincinnati parts ways.

“If they move on from me here, I’ll be able to play somewhere else,” Huber said. “I’m still at a point in my career where I can still play at a high level. It’s really not worrying that if you’re done here, you’re done for good. If they move on, they move on.”

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‘I can still play at a high level’:Kevin Huber discusses future with the Bengals

Miami Dolphins punter Michael Palardy (5) punts the ball during an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Doug Murray)

Michael Palardy, free agent last with Miami Dolphins in 2021

Palardy, who is left-footed, was on seven NFL practice squads and in the Canadian Football League before spending five years with the Carolina Panthers. His first year in Carolina overlapped with Bills general manager Brandon Beane and head coach Sean McDermott. Palardy suffered a torn ACL in 2020 and signed a one-year deal with the Miami Dolphins in 2021. He was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week in Week 15 and was serviceable with a 45.3 average and 40.6 net average. He has not been in training camp with a team this offseason.

Lachlan Edwards gets ready to punt under the watchful eye of Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott.

Lachlan Edwards, free agent last with Carolina Panthers in 2021

Edwards would be a familiar face to Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott, although their time together was brief. Edwards signed with the Bills during training camp in 2020 but was waived after eight days. He punted for the New York Jets from 2016-2019. Edwards was the third punter the Carolina used last year and played 10 games for the Panthers with a 47.9 average and 40.5 net average.

Kansas City Chiefs punter Dustin Colquitt kicks during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game against the San Francisco 49ers, Feb. 2, in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Dustin Colquitt, free agent last with Cleveland Browns in 2021

Colquitt, 40, was a full-time punter last season and is a free agent. He’s is a two-time Pro Bowl selection and won a Super Bowl with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2020. Colquitt, who is left-footed, holds the Chiefs’ franchise record for most games played with 238. His 483 punts downed inside the 20 are second-most in NFL history. He played for Kansas City from 2005-2019 before bouncing between Pittsburgh, Jacksonville, Atlanta and Cleveland over the last two years. Colquitt has a 44.8 career average and 41.3 net average. Colquitt would join Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady and Arizona punter Andy Lee as the only active players in their 40s.

Minnesota Vikings punter Jordan Berry (3) is congratulated by teammates after a punt to the 1-yard-line to the Seattle Seahawks in the second half of an NFL football game in Minneapolis, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Jordan Berry, free agent released by Minnesota Vikings

The Australian punter has been in the NFL since 2015 but was released by the Vikings on Thursday. Berry spent six season in Minnesota and last year with Minnesota. Berry was beat out by undrafted free agent Ryan Wright this year. He has a career average of 44.7 with a net average of 40.2.

Los Angeles Chargers punter Ty Long (1) warms up before an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)

Ty Long, free agent last with Los Angeles Chargers in 2021

Long, 29, played in every game for the Los Angeles chargers over the last three seasons but his punting average went down each year. He had a rough 2021 season, finishing with just a 36.8 net average and stuck just 10 punts inside the 20, which was 31st in the NFL.

New England Patriots punter Jake Julien prior to an NFL preseason football game against the New York Giants, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Jake Julien, free agent released by New England Patriots

The undrafted free agent was released by the New England Patriots on Aug. 16. Julien, an Ontario, Canada, native, played five seasons at Eastern Michigan and had 51 punts of 50 or more yards. Julien was taken by the Ottawa Redblacks of the CFL in 2021 but chose to stay at Eastern Michigan.

Dolphins punter Tommy Heatherly works out in Miami Gardens.

Tommy Heatherly, free agent released by Miami Dolphins

Heatherly signed with the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent out of Florida International University but was waived earlier in the month. He was the Conference USA Special Teams Player of the Year last season after setting a school record with a 46.8 punting average.

Atlanta Falcons punter Sterling Hofrichter (4) punts during the second half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020, in Atlanta. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers won 31-27. (AP Photo/Danny Karnik)

Sterling Hofrichter, free agent released by Miami Dolphins

The former Syracuse University punter had 56 punts as a rookie for the Atlanta Falcons in 2021 and punted in two games for Tampa Bay last year while Bradley Pinion battled a hip injury. He has a 42.1 career average and 39.4 net average. Hofrichter was in training camp this summer with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Miami Dolphins.

Oakland Raiders' Marquette King punts the football against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half of an NFL preseason football game, Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz.

Marquette King and Jake Schum, free agents

Both former NFL punters asked the Bills to sign them on Twitter.

“I just wanna get ring,” tweeted King, who last played in the NFL in 2018. King was a second-team All-Pro with the Oakland Raiders in 2014, when he led the NFL in punting yards (4,930) and total punts (109). He played five years with the Raiders and one in Denver but was placed on injured reserve after four games in 2018.

Schum grew up near Buffalo, played at the University at Buffalo, lives in Buffalo and is making his case on social media to get a tryout with the Bills.

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“Experience over youth. I’ve been cut multiple times, grew up punting in the snow, I’ve played in the playoffs (including the NFC championship), played in the XFL and continued to train, waiting for my chance to play at home in Buffalo. It’s time. Let’s do this. Ready for the call. #nevergiveup #billsmafia,” Schum tweeted. He posts training and kicking videos on his Instagram.

Schum played in all 16 games for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Green Bay Packers in 2015 and 2016, respectively. He had a 42.6 career average.

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