Have leg, will travel -- Rayner to kick Sunday
ALLEN PARK -- Dave Rayner, a Lions fan when he was growing up in Oxford, was watching Sunday’s game against the Jets from his home in Rochester.
“I was watching, saw (Jason Hanson) get hit, then he came back and kicked later in the game so I didn’t think much of it. He’s been hit before and come back in the game,’’ Rayner said.
“I got a call a call on Monday morning. It took me about 40 minutes to get down here,’’ he said standing in the locker room at the Lions’ practice facility.
Since he graduated from Michigan State in 2005, Rayner has played for several different NFL teams. In fact this is his second time with the Lions. The first was in the 2008 preseason.
“These actually matter a lot more. Preseason is not as important. My mindset is still the same, go in and do well and make field goals and try to help the team win,’’ Rayner said after Thursday’s practice.
He will kick for the Lions in Sunday’s game at the Buffalo Bills in place of Hanson who has a knee injury that will keep him out.
The 28-year-old Rayner has played for the Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins, Cincinnati Bengals (twice) and Washington Redskins.
The Bengals signed him in February, but released him on Sept. 4.
“I was in a competition in training camp and obviously didn’t win that competition. I’ve been out on the streets since then, hanging out. I try to kick twice or three times a week,’’ Rayner said. “In my position you can get a call on Monday and you’re in a game on Sunday.’’
His wife Louise and her mother will drive to Buffalo to see the game.