Gould joins Giants in London

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Rob­bie Gould has be­come the sec­ond place­kicker to join the New York Giants on short no­tice, with Josh Brown again in­el­i­gi­ble to play af­ter ad­mit­ting to abus­ing his wife.

Gould ar­rived in Eng­land on Fri­day and took part in a short work­out Satur­day. The Giants (3-3) will play the Los An­ge­les Rams (3-3) in London on Sun­day.

Brown was placed on the NFL’s “ex­empt list” Fri­day while the league in­ves­ti­gates whether he should be sus­pended fur­ther as pun­ish­ment for sev­eral al­leged acts of spousal abuse. The Giants had left the 37-year-old vet­eran home Thurs­day af­ter po­lice in the state of Wash­ing­ton re­leased jour­nals and emails in which he ad­mit­ted to abus­ing his for­mer wife, Molly.

Gould, who was cut by the Chicago Bears in Septem­ber, was get­ting ready to take his son to a swim­ming les­son in Chicago when the Giants tele­phoned and told him to pack his bags.

“I’m re­ally mo­ti­vated,” Gould said. “I worked re­ally hard the last six weeks. I kicked more than I prob­a­bly ever had this time of year, which is good. Stayed in great shape and just waited for the right op­por­tu­nity. When you get a call like this from an or­ga­ni­za­tion like this, it’s hard to say no to. When you get the call, you’re ex­cited and ex­cited about the op­por­tu­nity to come in here and help the team win.”

Gould is the Giants’ third kicker. Randy Bul­lock kicked in the sea­son opener af­ter Brown was sus­pended by the league for one game for a vi­o­la­tion of its per­sonal con­duct pol­icy re­lat­ing to his ar­rest in May 2015 on a do­mes­tic abuse charge.

Coach Ben McA­doo is fa­mil­iar with Gould, hav­ing faced him 17 times in his eight sea­sons as an as­sis­tant coach with the Green Bay Pack­ers.

“I’ve seen him make a lot of kicks against me in the past,” McA­doo said. “He’s been suc­cess­ful. We’re hop­ing that con­tin­ues.”

Gould played for the Bears from 2005-15. He is the most ac­cu­rate kicker in fran­chise his­tory — and the NFL’s 10th-best, mak­ing 276 of 323 (85.4 per­cent) field goal at­tempts in his ca­reer. Gould also owns the Bears’ records for ca­reer points (1,207) and field goals made (276).

Gould hit 33 of 39 on field goal at­tempts and 28 of 29 ex­tra point tries for 127 points last sea­son.

“At some point you knew it was go­ing to hap­pen just be­cause of turnover, age, per­for­mance,” Gould said of be­ing re­placed in Chicago. “It was such a great run there. I am so happy that I had the chance to be in one place for so long.”

The Giants head into the game un­cer­tain whether long snap­per Zak DeOssie will play. He hurt his an­kle last week and is ques­tion­able for the game.

Tyler Ott was signed to the prac­tice and he would be signed to the ros­ter if DeOssie can’t play.

RON SCHWANE — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

For­mer Chicago Bears kicker Rob­bie Gould ar­rived in London on Satur­day to take the place­kickng du­ties from the sus­pended Josh Brown for the New York Giants.

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