Gaints placekicker Graham Gano needs surgery and is placed on injured reserve
Fri, Nov 3, 2023
NFL News (AP)
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - New York Giants placekicker Graham Gano is going to have surgery on his left knee and will be placed on injured reserve.
Giants coach Brian Daboll announced the decision Friday, adding the team has signed Cade York off the Tennessee Titans practice squad.
Daboll would not say whether York will kick on Sunday when the Giants (2-6) are in Las Vegas to play the Raiders (3-5). Veteran Randy Bullock also is on the Giants practice squad.
Gano, who was hitting his field goal attempts at a roughly 90 percent rate since signing with the Giants as a free agent in 2020, was 11 of 17 this season, missing three of his last four kicks. The most crucial was a 35-yarder with 24 seconds to play last weekend. Had he made it, New York would have opened a 13-7 lead over the Jets.
Gano missed, and the Jets drove down the field and tied the game on the final play of regulation on a field goal by Greg Zuerlein, who added a game-winner in overtime.
The Giants want to see York kick in practice before deciding who plays Sunday.
York was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the fourth round last year. The LSU product made 24 of 32 field goal attempts and 35 of 37 extra points as a rookie. He was 4 of 8 in the preseason this year and lost his job when the Browns acquired veteran kicker Dustin Hopkins in a trade with the Los Angeles Chargers. Hopkins is 16 of 18 on his field goal attempts with Cleveland and has made all 10 of his extra points.
Daboll said offensive tackles Andrew Thomas and Evan Neal will be listed as questionable for Sunday's game although they are making progress. Thomas (hamstring) has not played since the season opener, and Neal (ankle) has missed the last two.
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