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Patriots sign K Shayne Graham and LS Matt Katula; Gostkowski to IR


K Shayne Graham. AP Photo.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots announced today they have signed K Shayne Graham and LS Matt Katella. In addition, the Patriots announced that they have placed K Stephen Gostkowski on injured reserve with a thigh injury, released LS Jake Ingram and signed CB That Turner to the practice squad.

Graham, 6-0, 214 pounds, is a veteran of nine NFL seasons with the Buffalo Bills (2001), Carolina Panthers (2002) and the Cincinnati Bengals (2003-09). Graham went to training camp with Baltimore in 2010 but was waived on Sept. 4. He was signed by the New York Giants on Oct. 16 due to an injury to their kicker and played in one game before being waived on Oct. 18. He was originally signed by the New Orleans Saints as a rookie free agent out of Virginia Tech in 2000.

Graham has converted 196 of 230 field goals for an 85.2 field goal percentage, the fifth best total in NFL history. He has made 280 of 283 extra points for 868 total points.

Katula, 6-6, 265 pounds, is a veteran of five NFL seasons with the Baltimore Ravens (2005-09). He originally was signed by Baltimore as a rookie free agent out of Wisconsin on April 25, 2005. Katula went to training camp with Baltimore this past summer but was waived on Aug. 14. He was played in 80 NFL regular-season games and six postseason games.

Gostkowski, 6-1, 215 pounds, was originally drafted by the Patriots in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL draft out of Memphis. He was 10-of-13 on field goal attempts and 26-o-f26 on extra points for 56 points in 2010. Gotskowski was forced out of last Sunday's game at Cleveland due to his injury. Gostkowski has connected on 84.3 percent of his field goal attempts since joining the Patriots, achieving the best field goal percentage in Patriots history.

Turner, 5-11, 188 pounds, was originally signed by Indianapolis as a rookie free agent out of Ohio on April 30, 2010. He was waived by the Colts on Aug, 12, 2010.

Ingram, 6-3, 240 pounds, was originally drafted by the Patriots in the sixth round of the 2009 draft out of Hawaii. Ingram handled long snapping duties in 24 regular-season games over the last two seasons.

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