For the first time since he was beaten out by Justin Tucker last year for the kicking job, former Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff will return to M&T Bank Stadium for a regular season game Sunday.
Cundiff was signed by the Cleveland Browns as the replacement for Phil Dawson after they cut Shayne Graham during the final major roster cutdown.
Cundiff was a Pro Bowl selection in 2010 with the Ravens, but faltered during the 2011 season as his infamous rushed 32-yard field goal missed badly during the final moments of an AFC championship game loss to the New England Patriots. The kick could have sent the game into overtime.
“We'll have a chance to have a conversation with him, I hope,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “Billy is a very good kicker, and Billy made a lot of kicks. He'll be another guy who is on the other side for this game, but I've got a lot of respect for him.”
Released by the New York Jets this summer prior to joining the Browns after losing a competition with Nick Folk, Cundiff was cut by the Washington Redskins last October after missing five of his first dozen field-goal attempts.
“He'll approach this game as he does any other game, I'm sure,” Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said during a conference call. “Obviously, he was with the Ravens and he has the history three, but it's no different. This game is its own game, and that's how we'll approach it.”
Cundiff made his lone field goal attempt in the Browns' opener, a 39-yarder during a loss to the Miami Dolphins.
Will the Ravens try to rattle Cundiff with reminders of the past?
"Billy and I have a good relationship," outside linebacker Terrell Suggs said. "So, I'm going to try and keep that the same. Who knows? Maybe if he has to go out there and kill us, I may try to mess him up a little bit."