August 30, 2011

Hartley's hip injury more serious than first thought; Saints add Kasay

PK Garrett Hartley's hip injury, possibly hip flexor damage suffered on an extra point attempt in the third quarter of the Saints' preseason game in Oakland on Sunday, is more serious than first thought.

Saints head coach Sean Payton said after the game he didn't think it was serious.

The actions of the Saints have spoken louder.

The Saints added free agent veteran K John Kasay, an original member of the 1995 Carolina Panthers expansion franchise.

Kasay, who will be 41 in October, was a four-year veteran of the Seahawks when he joined the Panthers in 1995.  Originally a fourth round pick of Seattle in 1991 out of the University of Georgia, Kasay stayed with the Panthers for 15 years, and has a career 81.9% field goal accuracy, 19th best in NFL history.

Kasay hit 25 of 29 attempts last season, 86%.  Among active players, Kasay has scored the third most points, 1823, also good for 8th most in NFL history.

Appearing in 26 games against the Saints, Kasay has hit four game-winning field goals, in 1996, 2003, 2007 and 2008.

No official word yet on the severity of Hartley's injury.

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