The Chiefs parked kicker Cairo Santos during the preseason because of a groin injury, and now they’re going to be without him for at least eight weeks.
The team announced they had placed Santos on injured reserve, and signed rookie Harrison Butker off the Panthers practice squad.
Butker was actually on the Panthers 53-man roster to start the season, while the waited to see if they could swing a trade for either him or Graham Gano. The seventh-round pick from Georgia Tech has a strong leg and nearly unseated Gano.
Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera must feel good about his roster when the biggest question heading into the opener is which of his two kickers will play.
For the record, Rivera and general manager Marty Hurney said veteran Graham Gano would handle the job if Gano and rookie Harrison Butker remain on the roster for this Sunday’s game at San Francisco.
The story said Gano will be the kicker, but while it's a surprise, it makes sense with Hurney getting trade interest for both. No need to dump a player when you can get value in exchange, particularly since the Panthers used a seventh-round pick on Butker.