Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Kicker Graham set to join Patriots
By Mike Reiss
With kicker Stephen Gostkowski sidelined after his leg tightened in Sunday's loss to the Browns, the Patriots have summoned free-agent Shayne Graham to town as his replacement, according to an NFL source.
Barring an unexpected change, Graham will sign with the team and be the kicker for Sunday's game against the Steelers, and perhaps beyond, depending on Gostkowski's recovery.
The Patriots had Graham in for a workout in October, so he was high on their emergency list.
Graham, 32, is no stranger to Pittsburgh's Heinz Field from his time with the Cincinnati Bengals (2003-2009). Overall, he has an 85.2 percent success rate over his career.
Graham was in training camp this year with the Ravens, losing a competition with Billy Cundiff. He spent one game with the New York Giants this season -- a Week 6 win over Detroit -- filling in for the injured Lawrence Tynes and going 4 of 4 on extra points. He also had five kickoffs in that game, with one touchback.
The Patriots will have to make a roster move to create room for Graham.