Veteran kicker John Kasay considers chance to kick for New Orleans Saints ‘a blessing’

By Jimmy Smith, The Times-Picayune

Already adhering to a regular-season policy of limiting information about injuries, New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton on Tuesday declined to expound upon place kicker Garrett Hartley’s apparent hip injury while announcing the team had signed a veteran replacement — and long-time New Orleans nemesis — John Kasay.

Kasay, who spent the bulk of his two-decade career with the Carolina Panthers and on several occasions broke the Saints’ hearts with winning kicks as time expired, was cut at July’s end by the Panthers, and replaced by former Saints kicker Olindo Mare.

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