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Falcons sign Shayne Graham with Matt Bryant hurting

The Falcons did some pre-Black Friday shopping on Thursday and came home with a veteran kicker.

The team signed Shayne Graham after a workout necessitated by a right quad injury suffered by Matt Bryant. Bryant got hurt in Wednesday’s practice and didn’t participate in practice on Thursday, leaving open the possibility that Atlanta will use a different kicker for the first time since 2009.

“As we go through the week, what we’ll do is if Matt’s available to play, we will. If not, then we’ll go with Shayne,” coach Dan Quinn said, via ESPN.com.

If Graham does kick for the Falcons this weekend, they’ll be the 10th NFL team to use Graham during a regular season game. His last appearance came with the Saints last season and he’s been a frequent participant in kicking workouts this season before beating out former teammate and kicking competition opponent Billy Cundiff for a job in Atlanta.



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