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Gostkowski placed on IR, team inks former Bengals kicker Graham


Shayne Graham is getting another shot in the NFL, as the Patriots have signed him while putting their kicker – Stephen Gostkowski, on IR with a thigh injury.

“I’ll still treat it as a game-by-game basis,” Graham said after being inked. “I’ve got to perform well each week and give them a reason to want to keep me around here.”

Gostkowski played every game the past four seasons and the first half of this season. After Gostkowski was hurt Sunday in Cleveland, Wes Welker took over the kicking duties.

While warming up before that game, Gostkowski felt tightness in his right thigh.

“That’s a bummer,” quarterback Tom Brady said Wednesday. “He’s been a hell of a player here and a great kicker. We’ve had a few guys put on IR this year that are really great, dependable players that have worked hard Kevin (Faulk) and Ty Warren(notes). He will be missed.”

New England also signed long snapper Matt Katula to replace Jake Ingram, who was released, and added cornerback Thad Turner to the practice squad.


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