Graham Gano

Graham Gano

Place Kicker #9
Team: Carolina Panthers
Ht / Wt:6'1" / 192 lb.
College:Florida State
Born:April 9, 1987
Drafted:2009 / UDFA

Graham Gano: Placed on IR

Gano (knee) was placed on injured reserve Friday, Max Henson of the Panthers' official site reports.

Analysis: The timing of the transaction means Gano won't be eligible to return from IR this season, but he may be able to find a new team if he negotiates an injury settlement. The Panthers will move forward with preseason star Joey Slye as their new kicker.

August 30, 2019 1:03 PM EST

Graham Gano: May start season on IR

Gano is dealing with a sore knee, making him a candidate to start the season on injured reserve, David Newton of reports.

Analysis: Gano has tended to knee injuries in both of the past two campaigns and even missed the final four games of 2018 with a left knee issue. If his plant leg remains a concern, the Panthers would be taking a prudent approach with the kicker to ensure he's available during the stretch run. The move cannot be made until the team makes roster cuts Saturday, but it appears as if Gano will yield place-kicking duties to Joey Slye to begin the year.

August 29, 2019 3:24 PM EST

Graham Gano: Could be traded

The Panthers might consider placing Gano (leg) on injured reserve and/or trading him, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: With Gano set to miss another exhibition Thursday night, fellow Panthers kicker Joey Slye has the chance to build on a perfect preseason that's included two field goals from 50-plus yards and three more from 40-49. The Panthers don't have a ton of financial incentive to cut Gano before next offseason, but they could try to work out a trade with a kicker-needy team.

August 29, 2019 7:29 AM EST

Graham Gano: Unlikely to play Thursday

Gano (leg) is not expected to suit up during Thursday's preseason finale against the Steelers, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Gano has been managing leg soreness all preseason. The veteran is prioritizing a return to full health by the regular-season opener, and isn't likely to rush himself into action for Carolina's final preseason tilt. Gano's starting job still seems secure, though Joey Slye is waiting in the wings.

August 28, 2019 1:17 PM EST

Graham Gano: Could get into Thursday's game

Coach Ron Rivera relayed that Carolina is still evaluating whether Gano will kick Thursday against the Steelers,Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The team would certainly like to see Gano kick in a game before the regular season, as he's been dealing with leg soreness lately. His starting job still seems secure at this point, though.

August 25, 2019 4:45 PM EST

Graham Gano: Sitting out this week

Coach Ron Rivera said Gano won't kick this week, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Rivera committed to Gano as the Panthers' starting kicker last week after he returned from leg soreness, and he'll now take a break heading into Week 3 of the preseason. Joey Slye will take over kicking duties this week and for Thursday's preseason game at New England.

August 19, 2019 11:53 AM EST

Graham Gano: Starting gig secure

Coach Ron Rivera said Monday that Gano will start for the Panthers while healthy, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.

Analysis: Gano sat out last week's preseason contest against the Bears due to leg soreness, but returned to practice Sunday and appears to be fully healthy. The veteran kicker is on track for Friday's tilt against the Bills.

August 12, 2019 2:56 PM EST

Graham Gano: Back at practice

Gano (leg) was spotted kicking at Sunday's practice, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Gano didn't play in Thursday's preseason game against the Bears due to leg soreness, but he managed to return to kicking Sunday. He should be ready to roll for Friday's matchup with Buffalo.

August 11, 2019 6:09 PM EST

Graham Gano: Battling leg soreness

Gano didn't travel with the team for Friday's game against Buffalo due to leg soreness, David Newton of reports.

Analysis: The Panthers appear to be exercising caution with their starting kicker, as there's no reason to press the veteran into duty for Week 1 of the preseason. Joey Slye figures to handle the kicking duties in Gano's place Friday night.

August 8, 2019 8:24 PM EST

Graham Gano: Recovers from knee injury

Gano (knee) participated in the offseason program, Max Henson of the Panthers' official site reports.

Analysis: Gano missed the final four weeks of last season with an injury in his non-kicking left leg. He seems to have made a full recovery and is locked in as Carolina's kicker entering the second season of a four-year, $17 million contract. The 32-year-old has converted 85.5 percent of field-goal attempts and 95.0 percent of PATs in seven seasons with the Panthers, but he's never been a great long-distance kicker, making 16 of 26 tries (61.5 percent) from 50-plus yards.

June 18, 2019 5:48 AM EST

Graham Gano: Won't require surgery

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.

Analysis: 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.

December 31, 2018 8:02 AM EST

Graham Gano: Heading to injured reserve

The Panthers placed Gano (knee) on injured reserve Wednesday, Bryan Strickland of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: 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'l 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.

December 19, 2018 9:41 AM EST

Graham Gano: Ruled out for Monday

Gano has been ruled out for Monday's contest, Bill Voth of the Panthers' official site reports.

Analysis: 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.

December 15, 2018 10:14 AM EST

Graham Gano: Sits out practice again

Gano (knee) was a non-participant at Friday's practice, David Newton of reports.

Analysis: Gano has sat out both of the Panthers' practices thus far this week, though he has worked out with a trainer off to the side. The 31-year-old will likely 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.

December 14, 2018 12:41 PM EST

Graham Gano: No recorded activity at practice

Gano (knee) was listed as a non-participant at Thursday's practice, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.

Analysis: 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 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.

December 13, 2018 12:18 PM EST

Graham Gano: Sidelined for Week 14

Gano (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Browns, Bryan Strickland of the Panthers' official site reports.

Analysis: The Panthers foreshadowed Gano's first absence of the season earlier Friday with the signing of Chandler Catanzaro, who will handle kickoffs and place-kicking duties for at least the Week 14 matchup. Per Max Henson of the Panthers' official site, coach Ron Rivera relayed Friday that Gano is dealing with soreness in his (left) plant knee, an issue that prevented the kicker from practicing the last two days. The Panthers are hopeful that a little more rest will be all Gano needs to heal up, but Catanzaro will presumably remain on the roster until there's no longer any concern about the former's health.

December 7, 2018 10:13 AM EST

Graham Gano: Not spotted Friday

Gano (knee) was not present for the portion of Friday's practice open to the media, according to Bryan Strickland of the Panthers' official site.

Analysis: Gano could get some work in behind the scenes Friday, but early signs point toward his level of participation decreasing for the second day in a row. Casting more doubt on Gano's availability for Week 14, the Panthers added fellow kicker Chandler Catanzaro to the roster Friday, which is a sign they are not optimistic about him playing Sunday. The Panthers will reveal whether or not Gano has any chance to play after Friday's practice comes to a close.

December 7, 2018 8:23 AM EST

Graham Gano: Listed as limited Thursday

Gano (knee) was listed as limited on the Panthers' injury report Thursday, Max Henson of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: In the aftermath of Sunday's loss at Tampa Bay, Gano mentioned that he's tending to pain in his left knee, which serves as his plant leg on kicks. He proceeded to put in a full practice Wednesday, so his downgrade Thursday is of concern. Assuming he continues to play through the discomfort, his performance over the last three games (3-for-5 on field-goal attempts and 6-for-7 on point-after tries) leaves something to be desired.

December 6, 2018 11:43 AM EST

Graham Gano: Logs full practice

Gano (left knee) was a full practice participant Wednesday, Bryan Strickland of the Panthers' official site reports.

Analysis: Despite converting his only field-goal attempt and both PAT tries, Gano said he dealt with some pain in the knee of his plant leg during Sunday's 24-17 loss to Tampa Bay. His full participation at Wednesday's practice suggests he's on track to play through the injury Sunday in Cleveland, but there isn't much appeal in a December road matchup with a cold-weather team that has a solid defense.

December 5, 2018 12:16 PM EST

Graham Gano: Tallies five points

Gano (knee) converted his lone field-goal attempt and both his extra-point tries in Sunday's 24-17 loss to the Buccaneers.

Analysis: Gano's field goal came from 37 yards, but he admitted after the game that he's dealing with pain in his left knee. Although he hopes to continue playing, Gano's performance level this season has taken a slight dip, and it's worth wondering whether his plant leg issues have contributed toward that. Through 12 outings, he boasts just 72 points.

December 3, 2018 5:20 PM EST

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