Giants Sign Placekicker Shayne Graham, Place Victor Cruz On IR

The New York Giants have signed veteran placekicker Shayne Graham as insurance for the injured Lawrence Tynes, and have placed rookie wide receiver Victor Cruz on Injured Reserve.

The move was necessitated by the sprained ankle suffered Friday by Tynes, who is questionable for Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions.

Graham is a 10-year veteran who was released on Sept. 4 by the Baltimore Ravens after losin g a training camp battle with Billy Cundiff. Graham played the previous seven seasons for the Cincinnati Bengals.

Graham has hit 196 of 230 field goal attempts (85.2 percent) and 276 of 279 extra point tries in his career. He has scored 864 points and had five consecutive seasons with more than 100 points. Graham has 45 touchbacks in 564 career kickoffs.

Cruz, the undrafted free agent from UMass, made the team with a sensational training camp. He appeared in three regular-season games and did not catch a pass.

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