Gano said Monday that his sore left knee is feeling better since he was shut down earlier in December and relayed that he won't require offseason surgery to address the matter, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports. Instead, Gano will simply treat the injury with rest and rehab, which should be all he needs to return at full strength for the Panthers' offseason program. Gano served as Carolina's kicker for the first 12 games before ceding those duties to Chandler Catanzaro, finishing with a 14-for-16 success rate on field-goal attempts and 30-for-33 mark on extra points. Under contract through 2021, Gano should retain the job so long as the knee doesn't prove to be an issue during training camp.
The Panthers placed Gano (knee) on injured reserve Wednesday, Bryan Strickland of the team's official site reports. Gano has missed the last two games due to complications with the left knee, the second time in three seasons that he's tended to issues with his plant leg. He'll end the campaign succeeding on 14 of 16 field-goal attempts and 30 of 33 point-after tries. Chandler Catanzaro will serve as the Panthers' kicker for the last two contests of the season.
Gano has been ruled out for Monday's contest against the Saints, Bill Voth of the Panthers' official site reports. Gano did not practice all week, so this designation shouldn't come as much of a surprise. Chandler Catanzaro will once again get the start for Carolina.
Gano (knee) was a non-participant at Friday's practice, David Newton of ESPN.com reports. Gano has sat out both practices thus far this week, though he has worked out with a trainer off to the side. The 31-year-old likely will need to showcase significant progress at practice Saturday if he has any chance of playing Monday against the Saints. Chandler Catanzaro handled kicking duties last week and remains on the roster if Gano is unable to illustrate enough progress for Monday.
Gano (knee) was listed as a non-participant at Thursday's practice, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports. Though he didn't participate in any team work, Gano was in attendance for the Panthers' first practice of the week and was spotted working out on the side with a trainer, per David Newton of ESPN.com. Gano will presumably try to do some kicking Friday and/or Saturday before the Panthers decide on his fate for their Monday night matchup with the Saints. Chandler Catanzaro remains on the roster after filling in for Gano in the Week 14 loss to the Browns and would handle kicking duties again if Gano can't go.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/08||Los Angeles Rams||19||7.32|
|2||09/13||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||22||7.38|
|6||10/13||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||22||7.38|
|8||10/27||@San Francisco 49ers||23||7.44|
|10||11/10||@Green Bay Packers||21||7.38|
|12||11/24||@New Orleans Saints||1||5.72|
|17||12/29||New Orleans Saints||1||5.72|