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Shayne Graham beat Shaun Suisham for the job as Giants kicker, starts immediately

Shayne Graham, filling in for injured Giants kicker

Shayne Graham, filling in for injured Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes, boots an extra point during the Giants' win over the Lions. (Oct. 17, 2010) Photo Credit: David Pokress

Who was No. 8?

That was Shayne Graham, added to the roster after a whirlwind Saturday because of Lawrence Tynes’ injured left ankle.

“Two people tried out Saturday morning,” Coughlin said of Graham and Shaun Suisham. “At 10 a.m. we made a decision on who we were going to keep and at 10:45 that guy was lined up at a practice trying to time up our kickoff coverage team, so give him credit.”

Graham wound up not having to attempt any field goals, but he was 4-for-4 on extra points and handled the kickoffs. He wasn't exceptional on those, nearly putting the first one out of bounds (a Lions blunder saved him from that) and putting a short kickoff in the end zone for a touchback.

Will he be around this week? Who knows. The last time they brough in a guy to replace Tynes for a game or two, he wound up going to the Pro Bowl. That was John Carney in 2008. Tynes' ankle injury did not get any worse but, Coughlin said on Sunday, it was not any better either.

"He tried," Coughlin said of Tynes' effort in the Saturday walkthrough. "He couldn’t (stomp) the plant foot down ... It was very sore when it first happened and really nothing positive happened. I think it feels a little better today (meaning Sunday)."


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