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Lions May Need to Ink a Punter Due to Ben Graham’s Calf

On his first punt of the game last Sunday, punter Ben Graham injured his calf. According to coach Jim Schwartz, Graham suffered the injury stepping into the kick, limiting its distance, and more importantly, significantly decreasing the hang time, Justin Rogers of reports.

With Graham sidelined, veteran place kicker Jason Hanson took over the punting duties. On three punts, Hanson averaged 39.3 yards with a long of 46. It was his first time working in the role since 2003.

Graham’s status is unclear for the Lions’ upcoming game against the Minnesota Vikings. If he’s unable to go, the team doesn’t plan to go into the contest with Hanson working both jobs.

“He’s the backup punter in the game,” Schwartz said. “He wouldn’t go into the game as the punter.”

That could leave the Lions looking for an option on the free agent market. The team did some homework on the position earlier this month, working out five unidentified players.

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