Connor Barth out for season after Achilles tear

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Connor Barth will miss the 2013-14 NFL season after tearing the Achilles tendon in his kicking foot.

Barth, who signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2009, had surgery to repair the injury earlier this week and expects a 9-12 month healing process.

"I hope to be able to begin kicking in about six months." Barth said. "I'm feeling pretty good right now considering."

Barth's injury came during the Jay Ross celebrity basketball game after another player landed on Barth's foot.

The Buccaneers signed veteran kicker Lawrence Tynes, a 2012 Pro Bowl alternate, the fill the void on the roster.

Barth, who was heading into the second year of a four-year contract extension signed last offseason, has made a team-record 84.3% of his field goal attempts since signing with the Buccaneers.

In 2011, he set a single-season franchise record by making 26 of 28 tries for a success rate of 92.9%.

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