Graham Gano laughed off the fact that his head coach outed his “ballerina injury” this week following Sunday’s victory against San Diego.
But in all seriousness, the Panthers’ kicker will have to deal with some pain this week. Gano said he actually broke a bone in his plant foot.
“When I heard that (Ron Rivera) said it, I laughed too. But yeah, it’s a very common injury with ballet dancers I guess. Anybody that points their feet,” he said on Wednesday afternoon. “So, I broke a bone somewhere in the heel.”
Gano said it was something that he was going to “deal with” it — meaning he will play through it — and let it heal at “some other point.”
Gano and the training staff recognized the problem during Sunday’s game, but Gano didn’t miss any time then either.
He hit four field goals on four attempts, including a 45-yarder, in the 28-16 victory against the Chargers.