How big of a concern is the hip injury suffered by New Orleans Saints kicker Garrett Hartley against the Oakland Raiders this past Sunday night?
Apparently, more of a concern than initially thought.
The Saints agreed to terms with 41-year old veteran place kicker John Kasay on Tuesday, the club announced.
Scott Fowler of the Charlotte Observer first reported Tuesday morning that Kasay was likely to sign a deal with the Saints.
Rumors are the incumbent Saints kicker Hartley may miss up to six weeks with the flexor problem experienced after an extra point kick. Hartley did not give any specifics on when he expects to return but did show support for his replacement via a pair of posts on his Twitter account:
"Here we are with a bump in the road. It's not keeping me from joining my team in our journey to our destination. Only postponing it. WHO DAT
"At this point a timeline doesn't matter, it's about who can help our team win & John Kasay is the man! Hope to learn a thing or 2 from him!"
Kasay was released recently after the Carolina Panthers signed Olindo Mare. Kasay had kicked every year in the history of the Carolina franchise since 1995. Now he joins a former rival with a chance to win big.
â€œItâ€™s a real blessing. This is a very talented team," said Kasay after his first Saints practice. "To have the opportunity to watch practice today to see the tempo that they use, their attention to detail, the things that they doâ€¦there is the making for a good year.â€
The former University of Georgia star kicked for the Seattle Seahawks from 1991-1994 before moving to Carolina, where he kicked form 1995-2010.
SAINTS OFFICIAL RELEASE ON KASAY SIGNING:
Kasay, 41, is an 18-year veteran NFL kicker who originally entered the NFL as a fourth-round draft choice of the Seattle Seahawks in 1991. He then joined the Carolina Panthers as a free agent in 1995, where he spent the past 14 seasons.
Throughout the course of his career the University of Georgia product has converted 433 career field goals on 529 field goal attempts (81.9% conversion percentage) as well as 524-of-535 extra points attempts (.979% conversion percentage).
Kasay has scored 1,823 career points during his professional tenure, which places him second all-time amongst active players in the NFL (Jason Hanson, Detroit Lions, 1,890 points). In 2010 Kasay converted 25-of-29 of his field goals for a conversion percentage of 86.2% with a long field goal of 55 yards, as well as all 17 of his extra points attempts.
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