When the Panthers released veteran kicker John Kasay in July, they said they did so because they didn't want to keep two kickers on the roster.
But with Tuesday's signing of free agent Adi Kunalic, the Panthers now have two kickers on the roster again.
With Olindo Mare struggling, the Panthers brought back Kunalic, the rookie from Nebraska who was with the team in training camp. To make room for Kunalic on the roster, they placed linebacker Jason Phillips (strained calf) on injured reserve.
Phillips becomes the 15th player on IR this season, a team record.
It's unclear who will handle the kicking duties this week at Houston, although the Panthers are expected to keep Mare on the roster. Mare, 38, signed a four-year, $12 million deal with $4 million guaranteed.
Mare is second in the NFL with 44 touchbacks, but is 30th among 35 kickers with in field goal accuracy at 76 percent (19 of 25).
Mare has missed two crucial field goals, both of which were under 40 yards and in front of the ho...