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Former Panther calls out team for mishandling his injury

Graham Gano

The New York Giants are facing the Carolina Panthers in Week 7, and it will definitely be a revenge game for one Giants player.

Giants kicker Graham Gano, who was with Carolina from 2012 to 2019, called out the Panthers this week for mishandling an injury he suffered in 2018. Gano says that the team misdiagnosed a left leg injury that ultimately cost him the entire 2019 campaign.

“It was potentially career-ending,” said Gano, per Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News. “That whole thing was mismanaged. They told me I had one injury when it was actually a lot worse than that. What really needed to be fixed wasn’t. I shouldn’t have missed the full season I did. But there’s no changing it now, so I’m just thankful to be playing here [in New York].”

The former Pro Bowler suffered a fractured left femur and did not recover until he underwent knee surgery in 2019 after getting a second opinion at New York’s Hospital for Special Surgery. Gano also says that his departure from the Panthers was frustrating because they cut him without giving him a chance to kick again after he got healthy.

The 34-year-old Gano has since enjoyed a resurgence with the Giants. He is one of the more productive kickers in the NFL this season, connecting on 12 of his 14 field goal attempts and all six of his extra point tries. Interestingly enough however, this is not the only time that the Panthers medical team has come under fire for their handling of an injury.

Photo: May 25, 2017; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers place kicker Graham Gano (9) walks to the practice field at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Graham Gano got jinxed hard by FOX broadcast before missed field goal

Graham Gano jinx

The announcer jinx struck again in the NFL on Sunday, with New York Giants kicker Graham Gano the victim this time.

Gano and the Giants were set up for a 35-yard field goal against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. The FOX broadcast justifiably pointed out that Gano had converted on 37 consecutive field goals, which was tied for the fourth-longest streak in NFL history.

That, unfortunately, was where the streak ended. Gano missed wide left as play-by-play man Kenny Albert tried to deflect blame to the graphics department.

The announcer jinx is a tradition as old as the game itself. Just ask Justin Tucker, who should be well aware.

Gano made an extra point later in the half, so the good news is he got back on track very quickly.

Graham Gano has hilarious tweet about selling his jersey number

Graham Gano

The NFL has relaxed its rules about jersey numbers corresponding to positions, which has many players thinking about making a switch. Jabrill Peppers was thinking of making a switch, but there is one problem.

Peppers, a safety, has worn No. 21 the last two seasons with the New York Giants. He would like to wear No. 5, but kicker Graham Gano has the number.

Peppers said Wednesday that Gano’s price for the number is too high.

Gano responded with a funny tweet. He shared an image of former “The Price Is Right” host Bob Barker. The suggestion is that Peppers should make another bid.

It sounds like Peppers is going to have to up his offer if he wants the number. That may prove to be too extensive.

Graham Gano had perfect game after battling tough COVID-19 symptoms

Graham Gano

Graham Gano returned to action Sunday after spending over a week on the COVID/Reserve list, and it sounds like it was a pretty impressive feat to get back as quickly as he did.

Gano converted all four of his field goal attempts in Sunday’s 19-17 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. After the game, he went into detail about his battle with COVID-19, in which he experienced a number of symptoms.

Gano was no longer symptomatic by Sunday, and had tested negative for the virus prior to the game.

We’ve heard about some pro athletes who have gotten quite sick as a result of COVID-19. Gano is only the latest.

Panthers kicker Graham Gano could begin season on IR with knee injury

Graham Gano

The Carolina Panthers may have to begin the season with a rookie kicker, as veteran Graham Gano is battling a leg injury that seems like it could keep him out through Week 1 and beyond.

Gano missed the final four weeks of the 2018 season with an injury to his non-kicking leg. He then participated in Carolina’s offseason program, but he has not made any appearances in the preseason as he battles the knee injury. According to Tiffany Blackmon of NFL Network, Gano may have to start the regular season on injured reserve.

The Panthers had already been holding somewhat of a kicking competition between Gano and rookie Joey Slye, and the undrafted free agent out of Virginia Tech may win by default. Slye has a strong leg and has made field goals from 54 and 55 yards while going 6-for-6 overall during the preseason, so there’s a chance the Panthers could just stick with him permanently.

Gano converted 85.5 percent of his kicks last year but was just 16-of-26 from 50 yards or longer. The 32-year-old was a Pro Bowler in 2017.

15 biggest disappointments of NFL Week 12

Hue Jackson

Thanks to the Thanksgiving holiday, Week 12 of the NFL season was spread out a bit more, with three games on Thursday. It did nothing to dampen the action, however, with the playoff picture in both conferences generally growing more muddled and more exciting as we head toward the business end of the season.

That doesn’t mean there weren’t disappointments — in fact, there were a number. Here are 15 of the biggest from the weekend.

Hue Jackson

The Bengals giving up 35 points to the Cleveland Browns can’t be pinned solely on Jackson. They were bad defensively before he got there and his arrival hasn’t changed much. But Jackson appears here mostly because of how thoroughly embarrassing this day was for him. He was trolled by one of former players during the game, and criticized by another after the game. He was brought in to help give the Bengals an advantage against AFC North teams, and instead he’s become the common denominator in the Browns and Bengals’ respective losing ways.

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15 biggest disappointments of NFL Week 11

Kirk Cousins

Week 11 of the NFL season saw a major development in the NFC East thanks to an unfortunate injury, while a QB in Baltimore found success in his first start. The Steelers, Texans and Saints continue to win, while the Bucs and Jags continue to lose. Whether it was some units, full teams or individual players, there were plenty of disappointments during Week 11. Let’s take a look at the 15 biggest disappointments of the week.

Kirk Cousins, QB, Vikings

The Vikings brought in Kirk Cousins and paid him $84 million to help elevate the offense. The performance he gave on Sunday night was anything but that. Cousins was under pressure — primarily from Khalil Mack — for most of the game and was unable to get much going. The offense was shut out in the first half. When they had a chance to score before the half, Cousins threw an interception. Given a short field after an interception in the third, Cousins could only turn that into three points. He got not help from the non-existent running game, as Dalvin Cook repeatedly ran into defenders and even lost a fumble. But it wasn’t until the final minutes of the game that Cousins was finally able to start moving the ball down the field.

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Twitter reacts to Graham Gano nailing 63-yard field goal to win game

Graham Gano

Just when the New York Giants thought they had stolen away a win in Carolina, Graham Gano came out and pried it away with an incredible kick.

Gano booted a 63-yard field goal to beat the Giants 33-31 in Charlotte on Sunday in one of the more impressive field goals in regular season history.

Here’s a look at it:

Here were the instant Twitter reactions:

Unsurprisingly, the 63-yarder is a career-high for Gano and a franchise record for the Panthers. What a way to improve to 3-0.

10 NFL veterans on the roster bubble

Training camp presents a bit of a mixed bag for NFL players. Every team enters the season with the potential to go on and win the Super Bowl, which is a good feeling. But before the regular season begins, players have to fight for jobs. Making an NFL roster is extremely difficult as even veterans are not safe from being cut.

Each year there are countless surprises when final cuts come through and teams break camp. Here’s a look at 10 NFL veterans who are on the roster bubble and in danger of potentially being cut, released or traded.

10. Geno Smith, QB, New York Giants

When the Giants initially signed Geno Smith, the move came as a surprise to many. But despite inking a one-year deal, Smith’s spot on the 53-man roster is far from guaranteed. In fact, he finds himself in an uphill battle, working to overcome a torn ACL while needing to beat out fellow quarterback Josh Johnson, who has experience in the Giants’ offensive system.

After having selected California quarterback Davis Webb in the third-round of the 2017 NFL Draft, the Giants will have only one spot available to back up iron-man quarterback Eli Manning.

Smith, who was a second-round pick of the New York Jets in 2013, never materialized for Gang Green and has been widely considered a bust. However, on the other side of town, Smith has embraced his situation and worked hard this offseason to revitalize his career and prove he’s worthy of another chance in the NFL.

So far in training camp, Smith has looked healthy and, at times, quite capable. However, he hasn’t completely separated himself from Johnson and will remain very much on the bubble throughout camp and the preseason.

9. Graham Gano, kicker, Carolina Panthers

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Panthers unhappy about video board antics during loss to Bucs

Ron Rivera

Carolina Panthers kicker Graham Gano missed three of his four field goal attempts in Sunday’s loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Did the stadium video board operator have something to do with that?

After the game, Gano complained about the Bucs showing live footage of his kicks on the video board behind the goal posts he was kicking. The board displayed a solid red background when Tampa Bay kicker Roberto Aguayo lined up to kick, and Gano did not think that was a coincidence.

“You look out there, there’s two (sets of) uprights you’re looking at,” Gano explained, via Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer. “I know the league talked to them about it before when we played here a couple years ago. So it’s a bit bush-league. But once again, it’s not a reason why I performed poorly. It just adds another element.”

A league official confirmed on Sunday night that using a video board to distract an opposing team’s kicker is against the rules. In addition to the live video issue, officials had to stop the game before one of Gano’s kick attempts because of loud feedback coming through the stadium PA system. Gano missed a 45-yard kick after play resumed.

“There was a lot of things going on with the kicks today,” he said. “I think a horn sounded on one of them. But it’s still my job at the end of the day to put the ball through the uprights.”

Panthers coach Ron Rivera also took issue with something the video board operator at Raymond James Stadium did. Linebacker Thomas Davis avoided a penalty for knocking Bucs receiver Russell Shepard to the ground after a play, and the video board operator showed the replay in slow motion twice. Of course, the fans booed mercilessly.

“Well, first of all I think that’s bush-league, to show that play up on the screen,” Rivera said. “What are we trying to incite here? Let’s don’t do that. That’s got no place in the NFL, as far as I’m concerned. … I don’t think you put that type of play up on the screen. I don’t think that’s right.”

Carolina could have sent the game to overtime, but Rivera chose to go for two and the win instead of tying the game at 17 late in the fourth quarter.

Did the Bucs video board operator also have something to do with these major issues earlier in the year? Perhaps an investigation needs to be launched.

H/T Pro Football Talk