With Gano out, Pan­thers ink ex-Bucs kicker Catan­zaro

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The Carolina Pan­thers signed a kicker on Fri­day, and de­clared vet­eran place­kicker Gra­ham Gano out for Sun­day’s game at Cleve­land with a left knee in­jury.

For­mer Clem­son kicker and South Carolina na­tive Chan­dler Catan­zaro was signed to the ac­tive ros­ter, and the team placed guard Amini Si­la­tolu (knee) on in­jured re­serve as the cor­re­spond­ing move.

Catan­zaro was among a hand­ful of kick­ers who worked out for the Pan­thers af­ter Gano missed a se­cond field goal in as many weeks.

But he and his wife, who were most re­cently in Tampa Bay, got the call on Thurs­day as they were pre­par­ing to move closer to Catan­zaro’s Greenville, S.C., fam­ily.

“Me and my wife, we had loaded up our car to move back to Tampa, ac­tu­ally, and we were driv­ing up to Charleston,” he said on Fri­day af­ter­noon.

“We had just got­ten Zaxby’s when I got the call. So it’s pretty weird. So I stopped eat­ing my large chicken fin­ger plate, drank some wa­ter, and got to the Charleston air­port and thank­fully got here in time. It’s crazy.”

Gano was listed as a lim­ited par­tic­i­pant in Thurs­day’s prac­tice.

He had been listed as a full par­tic­i­pant in Wed­nes­day’s prac­tice.

Be­fore miss­ing kicks in back-to-back games in Weeks 11 and 12, Gano had hit all of his field goal at­tempts this sea­son, in­clud­ing a 63-yard game- win­ner against New York in Week 5. He has made 30 of 33 ex­tra points this sea­son.

Catan­zaro was most re­cently in Tampa Bay, where he hit 11 of 15 field goals and 23 of 27 be­fore miss­ing two kicks in a Week 10 loss to Wash­ing­ton. He was re­leased af­ter the game.

He played for the Car­di­nals for the first four years of his ca­reer and had a brief stint with the Jets in 2017.

Catan­zaro said that things have been so crazy for him over the past cou- ple of days, he didn’t even know the Pan­thers played in Cleve­land this Sun­day.

But he ac­tu­ally has never missed a kick, in nine at­tempts, in Cleve­land’s sta­dium. He has hit six field goals on six at­tempts and three ex­tra points.

MARK LOMOGLIO AP

Buc­ca­neers kicker Chan­dler Catan­zaro misses a field goal against Wash­ing­ton on Nov. 11. He was re­leased by the Bucs and signed Fri­day by the Pan­thers.

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