Indianapolis Colts Sign Ex-Raven Matt Stover

Brandon SeitzCorrespondent IOctober 14, 2009

NASHVILLE, TN - JANUARY 10:  Kicker Matt Stover #3 of the Baltimore Ravens walks off the field after defeating the Tennessee Titans 13-10 during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game on January 10, 2009 at LP Field in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

The Indianapolis Colts announced this morning that they have signed Matt Stover, the former kicker for the Baltimore Ravens.

The move came as a result of an injury to Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri, who is out four to eight weeks after having arthroscopic surgery on his right knee to remove a piece of cartilage.

After the Colts left Baltimore in 1984 in the middle of the night, then proceeded to dominate the series against the new-born Ravens, fans in Baltimore have built a level of hatred against the team from Indianapolis.

In the 2006 season, the Colts were welcomed back to Baltimore for the first playoff game between the two, with Indianapolis winning the defensive grudge-match 15-6. Currently, the Ravens have lost six straight in the series.

The news provides just one more reason for Ravens fans to resent the team from Indy, with Stover being a hometown hero in Baltimore, holding the NFL record for most points for a single franchise (1464) as well as most consecutive PAT (372).

The Ravens are scheduled to host the Colts on Nov. 22 at M&T Bank Stadium, in what will be the first time Stover takes the field against his old team, depending on Vinatieri's rehabilitation time-frame.

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