The New York Giants will place kicker Graham Gano on the COVID-19/reserve list after he tested positive on Monday night, a person with knowledge told NorthJersey.com and USA TODAY Network.
The story went on to say, the Giants say they were notified of the positive test for a player, but did not immediately disclose his identity. That player was self-isolated, and the contact tracing process has been initiated. Two close contacts identified are staff members (not coaches or players) and were told to stay home Tuesday. The team is on a bye week, but the training center in East Rutherford remains open for staff. Gano has a chance to be ready for Week 12 depending on how further tests turn out.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Giants are releasing Catanzaro.
This comes a day after the Giants reached agreement with Gano on a contract. Catanzaro signed with the Giants last month after they cut ties with Aldrick Rosas. Rosas faces three charges related to a hit-and-run collision.
According to Graham Gano’s wife on Instagram, the veteran kicker has been released by the Carolina Panthers. The report was later confirmed by Joseph Person of the Athletic, and Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.
The Panthers will save $2.75 million by cutting Graham Gano. The move comes as little surprise as Carolina already has a cheaper, more effective option in-house in sophomore Joey Slye ($675K). Slye did miss some big kicks, but was otherwise highly impressive as a rookie, making moving on from Gano a no-brainer. Gano will look to latch on with another team once he is fully recovered from the knee injury that landed him on injured reserve prior to Week 1 of the 2019 season. Slye is our 22nd ranked kicker for the 2020 season.