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Argonauts release veteran kicker/punter Noel Prefontaine

Toronto Argonauts head coach Jim Barker and kicker Noel Prefontaine (R) watch a video replay during the second half of their CFL football game against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in Toronto September 24, 2011.


The Toronto Argonauts have released veteran kicker/punter Noel Prefontaine.

The 38-year-old two-time Grey Cup winner has played 12 seasons in the CFL.

He was limited to seven regular-season games this year after undergoing career-threatening hip surgery in July.

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The Argos looked to American Swayze Waters to handle the kicking duties while Prefontaine was out but Prefontaine returned to the lineup late in the year when Waters suffered a hand injury that prevented him from handling third-down snap.

Prefontaine helped the Argos win the Grey Cup last month, averaging 44.6 yards on seven punts in the championship game.

Argos general manager Jim Barker says it was a difficult decision but necessary as he builds the team for long-term success.

Barker says the Argos wanted to give Prefontaine enough time to find a job with another team.

Prefontaine says he's looking forward to continuing his career elsewhere.

In 235 career regular-season games, Prefontaine has recorded 1,706 punts for 71,173 yards. He has completed 72.6 per cent of 457 field-goal attempts.

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