Archive for Monday, December 24, 2001

Other Gramatica strains hamstring

December 24, 2001

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A week after his brother wrecked his knee celebrating a field goal, Martin Gramatica strained his right hamstring.

Gramatica was hurt on a kickoff during the second half of Tampa Bay's 48-21 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. The Pro Bowl kicker said he initially felt pain in his leg when he kicked off after making a 27-yard field goal late in the third quarter.

Gramatica, who also made field goals of 20, 24 and 32 yards, grabbed the back of his leg after his extra point gave the Bucs a 40-14 lead with 9:03 remaining in the game.

He was replaced on the ensuing kickoff by safety John Lynch. Tampa Bay ran a successful 2-point conversion play after scoring again with two minutes to go.

Gramatica's brother, Bill, a rookie kicker with the Arizona Cardinals, suffered a season-ending knee injury celebrating a field goal against the New York Giants last week.

While Bucs coach Tony Dungy said the team might bring in a kicker this week, Gramatica thinks he'll be able to play next Saturday night against the Baltimore Ravens.

"We're not sure if it is tweaked or a cramp. I felt it most on a kickoff," Gramatica said. "There was no sense going back in and injuring it. It feels fine now and I will be ready for Saturday. ... If I had pulled it, it would be like somebody kicked me, but I did not feel that at all."

Minnesota quarterback Todd Bouman injured his thumb on the Vikings' first series against Jacksonville. Spergon Wynn took over in Minnesota's 33-3 loss.

Bouman was making his third start for Daunte Culpepper, who is recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery. Bouman sprained a ligament in his thumb last week against Detroit.

Bouman's first two passes sailed wildly over his intended receivers, and Jacksonville's Tony Brackens nicked Bouman's thumb while deflecting the second one. On the next play, Gary Walker hit Bouman hard, and the quarterback rolled around on the turf before jogging off.

Baltimore put DT Tony Siragusa (leg) on the inactive list before playing Cincinnati. Ravens guard Bennie Anderson (neck) left after the first series and did not return.

Lions RB James Stewart left his team's 47-14 loss at Pittsburgh with a sprained right ankle after his second carry and didn't return.

Also spraining an ankle was Giants cornerback Jason Sehorn, who left in the fourth quarter of a 27-24 win over Seattle. X-rays on the left ankle were negative, but Sehorn plans to have an MRI exam today.

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