Gano To Sit Sunday With Sore Knee, Panthers Sign Kicker Catanzaro

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — With Graham Gano out for Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns, the Carolina Panthers have signed kicker Chandler Catanzaro, according to an announcement by the team on Friday.

Gano has been experiencing pain in his left knee and has missed the past two days of practice.   The Panthers have opted to let Gano rest his knee this week.

“I really don’t know a lot about it,” coach Ron Rivera said. “I do know he was ill with a sore knee the last couple of days. Yesterday when he kicked, he came up and said it was really bothering him.”

Catanzaro was an undrafted free agent out of Clemson when he was signed by the Arizona Cardinals in 2014.  He made his first 17 field goals in a row, tying an NFL record for makes to begin a career.

Chandler Catanzaro

After spending three seasons with the Cardinals from 2014 through 2016, Catanzaro played with the New York Jets in 2017 and most recently with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he made 11 of 15 field goals in nine games this season.

A native of Greenville, South Carolina, Catanzaro has a career field goal percentage of 83.2 and has made 114 of 137 career attempts.

The Panthers placed guard Amini Silatolu on injured reserve to make room on the roster for Catanzaro.