Panthers replace K Medlock with Gano

Associated Press Modified: November 20, 2012 at 9:02 pm •  Published: November 20, 2012
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Panthers made yet another change at kicker.

The Panthers on Tuesday waived the slumping Justin Medlock and replaced him with Graham Gano.

Carolina (2-8) signed Gano, a free agent, to a two-year deal after Medlock missed his last three field goals.

Gano spent 2009-11 with the Washington Redskins, playing in 36 games and converting 59 of 80 field goal attempts (73.8 percent) with a long of 59 yards.

Gano entered the NFL as an undrafted rookie free agent with Baltimore in 2009 before being released by the Ravens.

Medlock started the season 7 of 7 before having a kick blocked against Washington. He then missed field goals against Denver and Tampa Bay. Medlock's second-quarter miss from 40 yards on Sunday against the Bucs would have put the Panthers up 17-10.

Carolina lost to Tampa Bay 27-21 in overtime.

The Panthers worked out Gano and veteran Nate Kaeding, according to interim general manager Brandon Beane. Kaeding is coming off a groin injury and is eligible for free agency after the season and that may have played a role in the decision to go with Gano.

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