Carolina Panthers

With insurance policy in place, Panthers move starter to injured reserve, promote TE

Carolina Panthers kicker Graham Gano (9) runs onto the field before the start of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)
Carolina Panthers kicker Graham Gano (9) runs onto the field before the start of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn) AP

The Carolina Panthers have placed kicker Graham Gano on injured reserve after he missed the past two games with a left knee injury.

Before the Panthers’ Week 14 game at Cleveland, Gano missed practice and the team signed former Clemson kicker Chandler Catanzaro as insurance.

Catanzaro will start in Gano’s place for the final two games of the season.

Gano, 31, hit 14 of 16 field goal attempts this season, including a 63-yard game-winner against the New York Giants in Week 5.

Last spring, Gano signed a four-year, $17 million extension with the Panthers.

The Panthers promoted tight end Jason Vander Laan from the practice squad as the corresponding move.

On Wednesday, quarterback Cam Newton did not practice with shoulder soreness. Linebacker Shaq Thompson (shoulder) and cornerback Captain Munnerlyn (knee) also did not practice.

Safety Mike Adams, linebacker Thomas Davis, center Ryan Kalil, linebacker Luke Kuechly, defensive end Julius Peppers, safety Eric Reid, defensive tackle Kawann Short and guard Trai Turner all received rest days in the short week.

Jourdan Rodrigue: 704-358-5071; @jourdanrodrigue
Jourdan has covered the Carolina Panthers as a beat writer since 2016, and froze during Pennsylvania winters as an award-winning Penn State football beat writer before that. A 2014 graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, she’s on a never-ending quest for trick plays and the stories that give football fans goosebumps.
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