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Panthers place Graham Gano on injured reserve

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The early designation means the veteran kicker will not play for the Panthers this season.

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The Carolina Panthers have placed kicker Graham Gano on injured reserve, ending his season.

According to general manager Marty Hurney (via Max Henson on Twitter), Gano couldn’t get past the nagging knee injury that has plagued him since the end of last season.

I have no idea what the injury is, but it certainly isn’t good that it’s been lingering for about nine months now.

Since Gano was placed on injured reserve before the roster cut down deadline, he won’t be eligible to return this season. For a player to be reactivated from the injured reserve list, he has to be on the initial 53 man roster. Graham Gano won’t be.

The Panthers clearly learned from the mistake they made a couple years ago, when they tried to stash Harrison Butker on the practice squad after an impressive preseason. The Kansas City Chiefs swooped in and signed him to their active roster, and he’s been one of the best young kickers in the league since.

Knowing this team, they might bring in some veteran kickers for auditions, but for now, the job of Carolina Panthers kicker belongs to Joey Slye.