Zane Gonzalez helped off field during Panthers warmups

NFL: NOV 21 Washington Football Team at Panthers
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The Panthers may not have a kicker for Sunday’s game against the Bills.

According to multiple reporters in Buffalo, Zane Gonzalez had to be helped off the field by long snapper J.J. Jansen and members of the team’s training staff. The exact nature of the injury is unknown.

Gonzalez is 20-of-22 on field goals and 22-of-23 on extra points this season.

The Panthers do not have another kicker on the 53-man roster. That could mean that they will use punter Lachlan Edwards on kickoffs and that they will be going for two and going for it on fourth downs if they get into field goal range on Sunday afternoon.

UPDATE 12:18 p.m. ET: The Panthers have officially ruled Gonzalez out. He has a right quad injury.

5 responses to “Zane Gonzalez helped off field during Panthers warmups

  1. Time to fire Head Coach Matt Rhule at the end of the season and move on. The Panthers are coming apart at the seams and may not win another football game this year.

  2. I never understand how teams don’t better prepare for this scenario. Seems to me like having a serviceable FG kicker is important enough to warrant a backup plan.

    Can they not, for example, have their punter practice field goals once in a while, especially when many of them are already doing kickoffs? Yes, I know a 2nd holder may also be needed. Surely one dude on the roster could practice holding every now and then also.

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