Panthers considering replacing K Mare

By Steve Reed

Associated Press

Published: Monday, Dec. 12 2011 11:25 a.m. MST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Coach Ron Rivera says the Panthers are considering bringing in kickers for workouts Tuesday after veteran Olindo Mare missed another big field goal in Carolina's 31-23 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

With the Panthers trailing 24-23, Mare hooked a 36-yard field goal wide left with 5:12 left in the game. Two plays later Matt Ryan connected with Julio Jones on a 75-yard touchdown pass and the Falcons went on to erase a 16-point halftime deficit.

The Panthers (4-9) signed Mare in July to replace veteran John Kasay, the lone remaining Panther from the 1995 expansion team.

He was given a four-year, $12 million contract, including a guaranteed $4 million signing bonus.

Mare also missed a big field goal late against Minnesota.

The Panthers visit Houston on Sunday.

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