As expected, the Detroit Lions have placed punter Ben Graham on injured reserve, ending his season. Graham got hurt on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans. He suffered a calf injury and is now headed to IR.
Graham's replacement at punter is Nick Harris, who was the Lions' starter at this position from 2003-2010. Harris was let go last year during the final round of cuts when Ryan Donahue, then a rookie, beat him out for the starting job. As pointed out by Dave Birkett, the move to re-sign Harris really completes a "circle of life" at punter for the Lions.
Your NFL circle of life: Lions release Nick Harris in favor of Ryan Donahue, Donahue hurt, sign Ben Graham. Graham gets hurt, sign Harris— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) September 25, 2012
This year during training camp, Graham beat out Donahue for the starting job. Donahue is currently a free agent, but the Lions opted to bring Harris back instead of re-signing Donahue. The move means the usual special teams trio of Harris, Jason Hanson and Don Muhlbach is now back together again.