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Tynes' injury kicks "Vic Six" Cruz to the sidelines

Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes has a sprained ankle

Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes has a sprained ankle and could miss Sunday's game. (Sept. 26, 2010) Photo Credit: David Pokress

Lawrence Tynes’ ankle injury has ended Victor Cruz’ rookie year.

Tynes sprained his left plant ankle in practice on Friday and, according to the Giants, was not “able to do much of anything” in Saturday morning’s walk-through practice. So the Giants added veteran kicker Shayne Graham to the roster and he will likely handle the kicking duties against the Lions on Sunday.

To make room on the roster, WR Victor Cruz, an undrafted free agent, was placed on injured reserve. Cruz, who did not play against the Texans last Sunday, suffered a hamstring injury during a workout on Monday.

Tynes had been inconsistent this season, converting 5 of 8 field goal attempts. But he seemed to have settled into a quick rhythm with new holder Sage Rosenfels last week and connected from 45 and 42 yards against the Texans. His three misses this year have been from 53, 44 and 38 yards.

Graham spent the last seven years with the Bengals and has hit 196 of 230 career field goal attempts (85.2 percent) in the regular season with a career long of 53. But he was 0-for-2 in the playoff game against the Jets in January, missing from 28 and 35 yards. He was with the Ravens this preseason and kicked 2 of 3 field goals in the first two preseason games.

Cruz, who had a spectacular preseason with the Giants to make the team as a local product – he grew up in Paterson, NJ -- appeared in three regular-season games as a special teams player. Cruz suggested this week that the hamstring injury that forced him to miss three practices was not a bad one, so the Giants might wind up waiving him once he is healthy.

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