Training camp highlights: Day 17
Seattle Times staff reporter
One missed field goal — a 31-yard attempt in Saturday's exhibition opener — was enough to seal Shayne Graham's fate: the Seahawks waived the second-year kicker yesterday.
Graham was not at the morning practice yesterday and had made statements to teammates as recently as Monday night that he felt he would be cut. Graham became the second player to be released in training camp.
Saturday in Seattle against the Indianapolis Colts, Graham had one kickoff of 60 yards and also made an extra point in the Seahawks' 28-10 loss. His miss happened in the second quarter.
"However it works out, you know there's only going to be one of you (as the kicker)," Lindell said. "Of course, I want this job, so for him to be gone kind of had to happen for me to get the job. But I definitely wish him the best, and as far as Aaron (Elling) and I, we just have to keep doing what we're doing. Apparently, someone thinks we're good enough. We've made it this far."
Graham, 24, competed with Lindell for the kicking position last summer but was cut at the end of training camp. Later last season, he was acquired by the Buffalo Bills and made 6 of 8 field-goal tries in six games.
Elling and Graham were the only kickers used in Saturday's game, with Elling connecting on a 38-yard attempt in the first quarter but later missing a 57-yard try right before halftime.
"I don't think anybody had really separated themselves," said Pete Rodriguez, the Seahawks' special-teams coordinator. "But we had to make a decision. Shayne did not make the kick that you need to make in a crucial situation. He looked good last year, but it wasn't that way in camp (this year). Elling has great potential, he has a very strong leg and we had to make a decision."
Lindell and Elling each kicked four field goals yesterday in practice, two apiece from 34 and 36 yards. Lindell was 4 for 4; Elling missed a 34-yarder.
"Shayne is going to go somewhere," Elling said. "Now I can get twice as many reps and work harder to get better. You can start to see a light at the end of the tunnel. We kind of knew something would happen this week, and he missed a short one and it was just bad luck."
• LB Marcus Bell stayed after the morning practice to work out as a long snapper, the position held by J.P. Darche. "They told me to come over and try it out," Bell said. "Just in case they need someone to go in. I enjoy it."
• TE Jerramy Stevens hurt his right shoulder during a pass play in the morning practice, and had ice on it later in the day. He returned to practice in the afternoon.
• C Robbie Tobeck practiced yesterday despite tendinitis, and TE Russell Stewart has missed the past two days of practice with a shoulder injury.
• CB Willie Williams missed the afternoon practice because of a mild groin strain.