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The Baltimore Ravens won’t need to be in any hurry to rush back All-Pro kicker Billy Cundiff from his left-calf injury.

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Not after what the newly signed Shayne Graham did in the Ravens’ 20-14 victory over the Cleveland Browns at M&T Bank Stadium Sunday.

Graham was a perfect two-for-two on field goals, nailing kicks from 48 and 43 yards in his first game as a Raven. Graham showed why he’s the fifth most accurate kicker in NFL history. In 11 seasons, he’s made 85.9 percent of his kicks (214-249).

Since getting cut by the Ravens last year after training camp, Graham has been somewhat of a journeyman. He had stints with two different teams last year, the New York Giants and the New England Patriots. With the Patriots, Graham connected on all 12 of his field goal attempts.

Earlier this season, Graham kicked for the Miami Dolphins. In two games with the team, Graham was four of five on field goals with a long of 28 yards.

However, Graham doesn’t appear to have as strong of a leg as Cundiff, at least on kickoffs. Only one of his five kickoffs went into the end zone against the Browns.

As for Cundiff, he sounded optimistic about his chances for kicking in the Ravens’ regular-season finale at Cincinnati.

“We will find out next week,” Cundiff said of his status, according to CSNWashington.com. “Right now, it (the injury) feels much better than it does last week, but it doesn’t really matter until we actually kick and see how it holds up (in practice).”

For the season, Cundiff is 27 of 36 on field goal attempts, after drilling 26 of 29 in 2010. Cundiff has fallen on hard times this month, having made just two of his five attempts.

If Cundiff has to miss a second straight game, the Ravens might have a little extra confidence in Graham since he kicked in Cincinnati previously from 2003-2009.