Now, the two men will just have to wait and see who gets the call to handle the kicking duties Sunday afternoon in Cincinnati.
Head coach John Harbaugh said today the Ravens have not yet made a decision on their kicking job, a decision which could come tomorrow.
“It’s an injury situation,” Harbaugh said. “You always want to see how things respond. Billy did some kicking this week. We’ll just have to see where we are.”
Cundiff made it through a full week of practice after sitting out last week’s game against the Browns because of the calf injury, but he admits he’s still not full strength. The question is whether the Ravens feel they’re better off going with Cundiff this week, or giving him some more time to let the calf heal before the playoffs.
“Yeah, it felt good to practice,” Cundiff said. “When you’re getting over an injury, it’s not going to be 100 percent for a while. I think it’s getting to the point where I’ll be much better than when I tried to play last time. That’s for sure. I have no idea. I’m not the decision-maker. So, we’ll let the decision-makers decide. I feel pretty good about where I’m at, I’m in a much better position than I’ve been in almost about a month.”
Asked how the decision will be determined, Cundiff said: “I don’t know. It’s kind of the mystery of the Ravens.”
Despite his health status, Cundiff said he’d be disappointed if he’s not the guy tabbed to handle the kicking duties this weekend.
“I would be disappointed because I’d like to play,” Cundiff said. “It was tough for me to watch last week. I’ve been doing the most I possibly can to get ready to play. So, I hope that happens.”
As for Graham, the 11-year veteran says he doesn’t know what to expect as far as his role with the Ravens over the next few days. All he can do, he says, is prepare himself as if he’s the guy.
“I don’t really know what kind of expectations to have,” Graham said. “We’ve both kicked in practice. I guess at this point it’s all up to how he feels and what their decision is. I plan on being ready if asked. I’m sure he wants to get back in. I’m sure they’ll figure it out. It’s not in my control anymore. So, if I do get to play, I look forward to it. If he plays, I hope he’s rested enough. I hope he does well. You guys literally know as much as I do.”
Harbaugh has said that if the team decides Cundiff is fit to kick, they will not have a need for Graham on their 53-man roster. Graham’s aware of the circumstances, but says he’s just rolling with the punches.
“I really can’t imagine complaining about anything right now,” he said. “So, I hope I play, but yet I hope Billy is okay, too. I don’t want to really put a damper on any side of that because we’re both competitors. We both want to play. My job has been to come in here and play while he’s hurt. If he’s not 100 percent or they decide he’s not 100 percent or whatever, then I’m ready to go. If he’s ready, then I’ll cheer him on.
“I try not to really think of any disappointment in that situation. I’ve been fortunate that the team has trusted in me enough to bring me and rely on me. It’s been good to be in that position.”