Former Panther kicker John Kasay is back in the league with the Saints

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A day after attending a back-to-school event like a typical 41-year-old father of four, John Kasay was on a morning flight from Charlotte, N.C., to New Orleans and resuming is two-decade career as an NFL kicker.



“That’s how fast life changes,” the former University of Georgia star said.

Kasay joined the Saints in time to practice Tuesday evening, two days after Garrett Hartley hurt his right hip while kicking an extra point in New Orleans’ victory at Oakland on Sunday night.

GIANTS: The team has been given an extension by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in cutting its roster.

The Giants were supposed to reduce their roster to 80 players Tuesday.

Goodell, however, will allow the team to keep an extra five players because their preseason game against the Jets was postponed for two days by Tropical Storm Irene and not played until Monday night.

PATRIOTS: While most of Foxborough remains without power from Tropical Storm Irene, service is back at Gillette Stadium where the New England Patriots’ final exhibition game is scheduled for Thursday night.

A power company spokeswoman said Tuesday that it was “absolutely not” true that the team received special treatment.

As of late Tuesday afternoon, 7,287 of 7,820 customers in Foxborough still had no power because of damage from Sunday’s storm,

49ERS: Frank Gore has his new deal from the San Francisco 49ers, 13 days before the season opener. Just as he wished it.

Agent Jason Rosenhaus told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Gore had agreed to terms on a new three-year contract extension that keeps him with the team through 2014.

Gore is set to make $21 million, with $13.5 million in guaranteed money.

COWBOYS: Dave Rayner has joined the congested kicking competition.

Rayner arrived Tuesday, a day after being cut by the Detroit Lions. He joins a mix that includes incumbent David Buehler, recent arrival Shayne Graham and undrafted rookie Dan Bailey.

PANTHERS: Jeremy Shockey came to the rescue of teammate Ben Hartsock by performing the Heimlich maneuver at the team’s cafeteria at Bank of America Stadium.

The incident occurred Monday afternoon after Hartsock began choking on a piece of meat. Hartsock says he signaled for help when he couldn’t breathe, and after one teammate was unable to perform the Heimlich, Shockey took over and succeeded.

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