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Curtis Burrow is pleased the Green Bay Packers are...

By VIC WATIA

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Curtis Burrow is pleased the Green Bay Packers are closing their season Sunday at Phoenix against the Cardinals.

Burrow, signed Wednesday as the Packers' fourth kicker this season, admitted he has never kicked in cold weather.

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'I'm used to that warm weather,' Burrow said. 'I was hoping it (the final game) wasn't here in Green Bay. In Arizona, I guess it will be pretty warm, nice weather.'

The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder played collegiately at Central Arkansas, where he just finished two classes he needed so he could teach and coach if his bid at a pro career fails.

Burrow was signed to replace Dean Dorsey, who played just three games for the Packers and was cut Tuesday after missing an extra point against Minnesota Sunday. Dorsey also missed two field goals against Chicago in his first game.

Packers Coach Lindy Infante said the main reason Dorsey was released was because he did not have the leg strength for kickoffs.

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'We wanted to find a guy who could kick both field goals and kickoffs,' said Infante, who had to use punter Don Bracken to fill in on kickoffs for Dorsey.

Infante said Burrow, who was with the Packers in training camp but lost out to then-incumbent Max Zendejas, had good leg strength.

'He is a guy that we feel we would like to take a look at here in the last ballgame of the season,' he said.

Infante said the signing did not mean Burrow would be Green Bay's kicker next season.

'When the season is over -- and I told him and the other guys that we brought in here to work out -- that our kicking job is going to be wide open,' said Infante, completing his first season as coach.

'We'll be doing some intensive search and study on what's out there and somewhere between now and when we line up to play our first ballgame next year, we'll have a kicker in here that will be consistent and solid and win games for us. And it might be Curtis Burrow. He has a chance to come in here and show us what he can do for a week.'

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Burrow said the Packers contacted him every time they cut a kicker. He said he was called after Zendejas was released in late October and Dale Dawson was let go four games later before he finally was signed after Dorsey was waived.

'I'm just glad to be up here and get an opportunity to show what I can do,' said Burrow, who also was with New Orleans for three games in 1986 and attended a Cincinatti mini-camp in 1987.

Burrow said he has tried to stay in shape because the Packers kept contacting him.

'I was getting close (to giving up hope),' Burrow said. 'After about the 13th game, I started to figure, 'Well, it's starting to get a little late in the season to get picked up by a team.''

Burrow said the revolving door for Packer kickers did not surprise him.

'That's just the way kicking is,' he said. 'If you do good, you're here. If not, you're gone the next day. When you come up here, you realize that but you have to take the chance.'

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