Lions Cut Punter Robert Malone, Sign Punter Ben Graham

Wednesday November 16th, 2011

When Detroit Lions rookie punter Ryan Donahue was injured while kicking field goals at practice (in place of injured kicker Jason Hanson), the team tried out three punters, settling on Robert Malone to handle their punting duties in their game against the Chicago Bears.  With Malone punting, Bears returner Devin Hester took one 82 yards for a touchdown, and today the Lions released Malone and signed Ben Graham to fill his spot, according to Sirius/XM host Adam Caplan as reported by the Detroit Free Press.

Graham was an Australian-rules football player, and has punted in the NFL with the New York Jets, the New Orleans Saints, and the Arizona Cardinals. The Lions and Donahue are both hopeful that this is just a short-term signing for Graham; according to the Free Press, Donahue is "optimistic" that he'll be able to play in this weekend's game.

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