Kicker Zane Gonzalez suffered a pregame quad injury and was later ruled out. He was helped off the field by long snapper J.J. Jansen and other team personnel.
Carolina had a few players take reps before the game to see if there could be someone available to kick field goals. Lachlan Edwards, the punter, was expected to take a majority of the kicks. P.J. Walker was also said to be available for kicks if needed. He kicked in high school.
The kicking situation was definitely not ideal for the Panthers in Week 15 of the season.
Gonzalez joined the Panthers prior to the start of the 2021 season. He is 20-for-22 at field goals this season. The only two field goals he missed came from 50 yards or more. He’s also 22-for-23 on extra points.
He had made 17 straight field goals and could’ve been extremely useful in a big game against the Bills.
Carolina entered Sunday 5-8 on the year and fourth in the NFC South. Carolina started the season with three straight wins but have done 2-8 since then and have suffered through a ton of injuries to top players, including Christian McCaffrey.