Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff practiced on a limited basis Wednesday, and if he is able to participate the rest of the week, it seems likely that he will reassume the team’s primary placekicking duties Sunday. But if Shayne Graham suits up for a second straight game, he claims the Cincinnati Bengals will be just another team to him.
Graham spent seven seasons with the Bengals before he and the team parted ways after the 2009 season. In a 24-14 playoff loss to the New York Jets that season -- his last game in Cincinnati -- Graham missed a pair of field goals.
“I won’t be the first guy that plays against the team they used to play for,” Graham said. “It’s happened before. I’ve done it before against other [former] teams. This is the first time that I might have the possibility to play there, but it’s still a matter of fundamentals, lining up and kicking the ball and making the kicks.”
Asked if he will have something to prove if he kicks Sunday, Graham paused to carefully choose his words.
“It’s just another game,” Graham said. “It’s been a long time since I’ve been there. I’m somewhere else now.”
After watching from the sidelines in Saturday’s 20-14 win over the Cleveland Browns, Cundiff is determined to practice all week and return to active duty. But for now, Graham is happy with his role on the 11-4 Ravens.
“Anytime you get a chance to come in and help a team win, especially coming into a good team that’s in good position for the playoffs, it feels good to have your kicks matter in the outcome of the game,” Graham said.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun