By Jeff Zrebiec
4:18 PM EST, January 3, 2012
Confidence in the health and form of Billy Cundiff, the Ravens announced today that they have released veteran kicker Shayne Graham.
Graham, who was signed by the Ravens on Dec. 21 with Cundiff dealing with a left calf injury, was 2-for-2 on field-goal attempts in a 20-14 victory over the Cleveland Browns in Week 15, converting from 48 and 43 yards out along with making both of his extra points.
However, the Ravens opted to go with Cundiff in Sunday's regular-season closing 24-16 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, and the Pro Bowl selection last year made his one field-goal attempt from 42 yards. He also was 3-for-3 on extra points and had two of his five kickoffs go for touchbacks.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh reiterated yesterday that the team would go with Cundiff as its regular kicker going forward.
"As long as Billy’s healthy, he’ll be our kicker,” Harbaugh said. “I think we were really fortunate that Shayne was available, and I think if anything happens in the future and if he’s still available, I wouldn’t be surprised that if someone had an issue, they would pick Shayne up right away.”
Harbaugh said that the Ravens would try to keep Graham "as long as we can," but the team ultimately decided that it was more important to use the roster spot to add offensive line depth.
To fill Graham's spot, they promoted guard/center Justin Boren from the practice squad to the active 53-man roster. Boren, who started his college career at Michigan and finished it at Ohio State, signed with the Ravens as a rookie free agent in July.
To replace Boren on the practice squad, the Ravens signed wide receiver Phillip Livas (Louisiana Tech).
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