Orlando’s Townsend brothers both punting in NFL today

Chris Hays, Orlando Sentinel

Former Boone High and Florida Gators brothers Johnny and Tommy Townsend will be punting in the NFL Sunday after Johnny was plucked from the Kansas City Chiefs practice squad by the Baltimore Ravens.

Johnny, who had an early audition with the Ravens during training camp, was signed by the team Friday to take the place of punter Sam Koch, who was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list.

The Ravens are still in the playoff hunt. They will clinch a playoff spot with a victory over Cincinnati Sunday. They also can make the playoffs with a loss by either Cleveland or Indianapolis.

Johnny Townsend, was drafted in the fifth round of the 2018 NFL draft by the Oakland Raiders, did not punt for a team last season. He was cut by the Raiders after falling victim to position numbers when Jon Gruden took over at head coach in Oakland.

In his one year at Oakland, Johnny averaged 43.2 yards per punt in 70 attempts.

Johnny has spent most of this season on the Chiefs practice squad, joining his brother Tommy in Kansas City. Tommy has had a productive rookie season with the defending Super Bowl champions.

Tommy is averaging 45.1 yards per attempt in 50 punts. The Chiefs will be the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs with home field throughout.

This article first appeared on OrlandoSentinel.com. Email Chris Hays at chays@orlandosentinel.com.