December 18, 2011
Olindo Mare will kick today vs. Houston
Olindo Mare lived to kick another Sunday.
Mare won the kicking competition with newly-signed rookie Adi Kunalic and will retain his placekicking duties today against the Texans.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera hinted that Mare would be the choice Friday when he said Kunalic had gotten a little sore after his first week of serious kicking since the Panthers released him Sept. 3.
Mare has missed two fourth-quarter field goals that would have tied the game or given the Panthers the lead, including a 36-yarder last week in a 31-23 loss to Atlanta. The Panthers signed Kunalic last week and Rivera said it would be an open competition for the job.
Mare, 38, who signed a four-year, $12 million deal in July, ranks second in the league in touchbacks but is 30th among 35 kickers in field goal accuracy at 76 percent.
Besides Kunalic, the rest of the Panthers' inactives are: QB Jimmy Clausen, CB Darius Butler, LB Kion Wilson, DE Eric Norwood, WR Darvin Adams and WR Seyi Ajirotutu.
With Butler out with post-concussion symptoms, rookie CB Brandon Hogan is active for the first time. Hogan began the season on the physically unable to perform list following knee surgery last winter at West Virginia, but was activated in November.
The Texans' inactives are: QB Jeff Garcia, CB Sherrick McManis, G Mike Brisiel, T Andrew Gardner, WR Andre Johnson, TE Garrett Graham and DE Tim Bulman.
Jacoby Jones will start at WR in place of Johnson, who is out with a hamstring injury.
Posted by Observer Sports on December 18, 2011 at 11:45 AM | Permalink
I'm excited to see Hogan. He obviously won't be 100%, but hopefully he can show some glimpses of being a solid #2 for next season.
Posted by: jeff | Dec 18, 2011 12:24:10 PM
Hurney should be fired!
Posted by: ruoiew | Dec 18, 2011 12:38:05 PM
Why should Hurney be fired? Because he didn't pick and/or sign the players you thought he should?
Posted by: dbigcat | Dec 18, 2011 12:55:40 PM
that's how it works! you don't pick or sign the right players you get fired! duh!
Posted by: joe cool | Dec 18, 2011 1:01:38 PM
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