Nate Freese's field-goal kicking woes continue for Lions

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News

Lions kicker Nate Freese misses a 41-yard field goal attempt in the second quarter.

Detroit — Nate Freese missing field goals is becoming a painful trend for the Lions, and the coaching staff and front office will again mull its options at kicker this week.

In a 19-7 win over the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Freese missed a 41-yarder wide left at the end of the second quarter.

On his way out of Ford Field, Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said "no comment" when asked about his kicker situation.

A seventh-round pick out of Boston College, Freese is now 3-for-7 on the season. In addition to the miss Sunday, he made a 30-yarder earlier in the second quarter.

Freese missed two 49-yard attempts in a Week 2 loss to the Panthers and a 43-yard attempt in a Week 1 win over the Giants.

"We'll have to evaluate it and see where we are, see what the situation is," coach Jim Caldwell said after the game. "And we'll do that here shortly."

The Lions worked out three veteran free-agent kickers last week — Alex Henery, Rob Bironas and Garrett Hartley. Bironas died in a one-car crash in Nashville this weekend.

Henery, though, impressed during his workout. Giorgio Tavecchio, who competed with Freese for the job in training camp, could be an option, too.

Until the Lions make a move, Freese's teammates will continue to support him.

"We've still got confidence in our guy," wide receiver Calvin Johnson said. "He had a great preseason. We've just got to get back to that."