Palardy suffered a torn ACL in his kicking leg and was not able to play through it as he had initially hoped. He’ll have surgery and return in 2021.
Carolina recently signed UDFA P Joseph Charlton, ostensibly to compete with Palardy, but it appears Charlton is now the Panthers starting punter.
The team also announced a number of other moves, including:
- Placing OL Greg Little on the active/PUP list
- Placing undrafted OL Brandon Bowen on the active/NFI list
- Announce undrafted LB Jordan Mack has voluntarily opted out of the 2020 season
- Waived OL Juwann Bushell-Beatty
Palardy, 28, originally signed on with the Raiders as an undrafted free agent out of Tennessee back in 2014. He lasted less than a year in Oakland before he was signed to the Rams’ active roster.
Palardy had brief stints with the Panthers, Ravens, Colts, Browns, and Falcons before returning to the Panthers in 2016. He returned to Carolina as an exclusive rights free agent for two years before signed a three-year, $7.2 million extension in 2018.
In 2019, Palardy started all 16 games for the Panthers and punted 75 times with a 46.0 average, three touchbacks, 25 kicks inside the 20 and a long punt of 62 yards.