Jeff Reed will be 49ers kicker rest of season

It looks like the final five games of the 2010 season will be a tryout of sorts for Jeff Reed.

The San Francisco 49ers signed the veteran kicker and he will play for them on Sunday at Green Bay. Joe Nedney is out for the season with a right knee injury, according to Daniel Brown of the San Jose Mercury News, and that gives Reed a chance to show the Niners – and the rest of the league – what he can do after his publicized release from the Pittsburgh Steelers in the middle of last month.

Per the report, Reed was told he will be on the roster for the remainder of the season, and that’s important to him because he didn’t want to sign to be a one-game wonder. Reed was a member of two Super Bowl championships in Pittsburgh and his career percentage of 81.9 on field goals is 15th in NFL history, a considerable feat considering how treacherous Heinz Field can be for kickers.

"Whatever happens with Joe, I wish him the best, and I hope he gets healthy and still gets after it because he's very capable of doing it," Reed said. "I'm just glad to have an opportunity. Unfortunately, it's through an injury."

If Reed can be consistent down the stretch, he’ll go a long way toward lining up work for himself in 2011.

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