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Justin Medlock was a little apprehensive when the Carolina Panthers called in March and asked him to come in for a tryout.
After all, he had a three-year offer on the table to return and kick for the CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats, a job with some measure of short-term security. In Carolina, he knew he'd have to fight an uphill battle to unseat 15-year veteran Olindo Mare to secure a roster spot.
He decided to give the NFL one more chance.
And he's glad he did.
Medlock won the kicking job Monday after the Panthers (No. 20 in the AP Pro32) released Mare. A bit more mature and polished, Medlock is back in the NFL for the first time since 2007 eager to make the most of his second opportunity.
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“@janderson91z: @josephperson Any update on Beason?”…not playing this week. Shooting for opener
— Joe Person (@josephperson...
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The Panthers have released veteran kicker Olindo Mare just one year after giving him a four-year, 12 million contract.
Justin Medlock, a journeyman kicker who last played for the CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats, appears to have won the Carolina job. Medlock displayed a stronger leg at training camp than Mare, who was 22 of 28 on field goals attempts last year...
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Panthers coach Ron Rivera says he expects five-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Steve Smith will return to practice Sunday and play in the Sept. 9 season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Rivera says Smith is "improving" after developing a foot infection earlier in the week.
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According to Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer, Panthers head coach Ron Rivera has indicated that wide receiver Steve Smith could be back at practice on Sunday. If that’s the case, Smith will likely play in next week’s season opener.
Rivera said he thinks Steve Smith could be back at practice Sunday, when week one preparations begin.
— Joe Person (@josephperson) August 29, 2012
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