Graham Gano remains sidelined for the Carolina Panthers as MNF preparations begin.
Carolina Panthers kicker Graham Gano endured a season of epic highs and lows prior to missing his first game last week. Since joining the Panthers as a free agent signee in 2012, Gano has seen ebbs and flows in his career as well but consistency led to two extensions – the most recent coming back in March.
Back in Week 5 Gano nailed a 63-yard field goal lifting the Panthers to a victory over the New York Giants. Over the first half of the season he was a perfect 11 for 11 in extra points and 15 of 17 on field goal attempts but a rough patch followed.
During the losing streak, Gano missed a field goal and two extra points in two games (Detroit, Seattle) decided by a combined six points. It led many to question his worth and especially the recent contract extension but Gano and the team now face an even bigger issue.
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After making all three kicks (FG, 2 PAT) against Tampa Bay in a loss, Gano appeared on the injury report last Thursday as a limited participant. He didn’t practice Friday and missed his first ever game with the Panthers at Cleveland with a left knee injury.
Carolina signed Chandler Catanzaro, who was perfect on four kicks (2 FG, 2 PAT) against the Browns and may be needed again this Monday night. In the week’s first injury report, Gano didn’t practice but did work with the training staff on the side.
Given the extra day of rest this week, Gano could return but a strong showing by Catanzaro last week may force coach Ron Rivera and the staff to be extra cautious with their kicker.
The Panthers and Saints kickoff on Monday night at 8:15pm to conclude Week 15 play.