Kasay sidlined because of groin injury

Carolina kicker John Kasay is likely to miss Sunday's game at Minnesota.

Charlotte, N.C.-  Panthers' John Kasay has irritated a pulled groin muscle and is likely to miss this weekend's game at Minnesota.  The injury has been bothering Kasay on and off since training camp and was aggravated once again during a Carolina workout.  After the injury Kasay walked off the practice field not in good spirits. 

"Any time you lose a starter to injury, it's a big blow," Fox said.

The Panthers speedily made a strategy to work out two place-kickers today - Jaret Holmes, who was with the Panthers during the pre-season and Tim Seder.  The Panthers are expected to sign one of them. Fox made it clear that someone was going to have to be signed to kick in Kasay's position this Sunday. 

"Whomever we bring in is going to have to step up and kick on Sunday," Fox said. "It's going to be our first road trip of the season. It's a very hostile environment, and very loud. Crowd noise is a definite factor. Lot of the guys here have played there; most were there a year ago to open the season. It's a very formidable opponent. I know they've lost two games in a row, but they've been heartbreakers at the end. They've got a very explosive offense, and it's going to be a big test."

A hostile environment indeed.  Loud speakers were hauled to the end of the field for Carolina's practice and they pumped the sound of airplane engine noise onto the field while Carolina's offense went through its plays.  The sound is supposed to imitate crowd noise.

Kasay began having groin trouble near the beginning of this year's training camp. All signals said that Kasay was ready at the start of the regular season. He missed one field goal and had another blocked in Sunday's victory against Detroit.

"It didn't seem like he was feeling well since he came back," said punter Todd Sauerbrun, the holder on extra points and field goals. "It's the type of injury you need to take a lot of time off for it to completely heal. If you come back and it's halfway healed, you're going to aggravate it again."

Kasay has been with the Panthers since 1995 when he was one of the first two free agents signed by the organization.   Coach John Fox said that Kasay would be sidelined indefinitely.


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