With the continued ongoing concern of kicker Billy Cundiff’s left calf injury and recent performance, the Baltimore Ravens signed veteran place-kicker Shayne Graham on Wednesday.
“We’re trying to win a football game on (Saturday),” Ravens special team coordinator Jerry Rosburg said Wednesday, according to CSNWashington.com “Bringing in Shayne is a real plus for us because we’re bringing in a guy who is a quality NFL kicker and understands playoff-caliber football at this time of year.”
There’s still a question as to whether Cundiff or the newly-signed Graham will kick this Saturday when the Cleveland Browns come to town.
“We added him to our roster to be sure we had a kicker,” Rosburg said. We’re going to go through the week like we always do and make a decision on (Saturday).”
Cundiff, who continues to battle an injury to his plant-leg calf, has missed practice over the past two days. In recent weeks, Cundiff has been limited in practice and avoided speaking to the media Wednesday.
Last season, Cundiff earned All-Pro and Pro-Bowl honors, tying an NFL record for touchbacks in a season with 40. For most of 2011, Cundiff has been money in the bank, but in the month of December he has connected on just two-out-of-five field-goal attempts, including a missed 36-yarder on the Ravens’ first possession Sunday night in San Diego. It was a miss that proved to be costly in a game the Ravens would end up being blown out in.
Most of Cundiff’s misses have come from 50 yards and beyond, as the 31-year-old is just one of six on attempts of 50 yards or more this season.
As for Graham, he’s an 11-year NFL veteran, and was briefly with the Miami Dolphins earlier this season, making four of five field goal attempts in two games. Last season, when Stephen Gostkowski of the New England Patriots was placed on injured reserve with a torn quadriceps muscle, Graham filled-in making all 12 of his field goal attempts and converting on 35 of 37 extra points.
The majority of Graham’s career was spent kicking for the Cincinnati Bengals (2003-2009).
Overall, Graham has made 212 of 247 attempts (85.8 percent) during his career, making him the fifth most accurate kicker in NFL history.