Ravens Have Backup Kicking Plan

Reports say Ravens brought in kicker Shayne Graham for a workout and have him on hold.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Friday, December 9th, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Categories: Ryan Mink

With Billy Cundiff missing the past two practices due to a calf injury, the Ravens are making sure they’re covered for Sunday.

Head Coach John Harbaugh was asked on Friday whether he thinks Cundiff’s plant leg will come around in time to kick against the Colts.

“We’ll find out. I think so. I’m hopeful. I really am hopeful,” Harbaugh said.

But if not, Baltimore will be prepared.

“We’ll have a backup plan for sure,” Harbaugh said. “I think we’ll just see how it feels tomorrow and then into Sunday. It’s not a major thing; basically his calf cramped up. But we’ll take every precaution between now and Sunday.”

Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times is reporting that Baltimore had veteran kicker Shayne Graham in for a workout and that he is the fallback option. The Ravens have not confirmed any reports.

Graham has experience with the Ravens. He came in during last year’s training camp to compete with Cundiff for the starting job. Baltimore went with Cundiff and he ended up having a Pro Bowl year.

Graham signed with the New England Patriots midway through last year and was successful on all 12 of his field goal attempts.

The free agent kicked in two games for the Miami Dolphins this year in Weeks 11 and 12 when Dan Carpenter went down. Graham didn’t have any attempts in the first game and hit 4 of 5 in the second, including a long of 28 yards. He missed from 47 yards.

Cundiff was not available to speak with the media on Friday, but punter Sam Koch spoke to whether it is worse to have an injury to the plant leg or kicking leg. Koch is the Ravens’ emergency kicker, so he filled in for Cundiff during Thursday’s practice and said he made 4 of 5 attempts.

“You have to wait until you’re out there to see how it really affects you,” Koch said. “[Cundiff] hasn’t kicked since it happened. He doesn’t know how it’s going to affect him. It could affect him, it could not affect him. It’s just kind of wait and see how it all goes.”

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