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Former UNC kicker Barth tears Achilles, will miss 2013

Posted July 17, 2013

North Carolina's Connor Barth (10) celebrates with Ryan Taylor (49) and Ryan Baucom (57)  after Barth's field goal during the first half of a football game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, Oct. 6, 2007. Barth kicked four field goals in North Carolina's 33-27 win over Miami. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Former University of North Carolina and current Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Connor Barth will miss the 2013 season after suffering a torn Achilles tendon last week in a charity basketball event.

The Wilmington, NC, product will be placed on the non-football injury list after undergoing surgery on the tear Monday, according to the team.

In a responsive roster move, the Buccaneers have signed nine-year veteran kicker Lawrence Tynes to a one-year deal.

“We are disappointed to lose a productive player like Connor, but are very fortunate to be able to sign an experienced kicker at this time of year,” Buccaneers General Manager Mark Dominik said.

Barth entered last season as the all-time leader in field goals made in UNC history (54) before being passed by his brother, Casey. His 54-yarder in 2006 against NC State marked his career-best and tied the second longest in school history. He also set the school record for the longest made field goal by a freshman with a 50-yarder against NC State in 2004.

Barth, a two-time All-ACC kicker at UNC, has played for three different teams in his five-year NFL career. He has played with Tampa Bay since 2009. He is 101-for-120 (84.2 percent) on field goals in his NFL career.


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  • vampireswaiting Jul 18, 2013

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    Just another hater

  • charlesboyer Jul 18, 2013

    Good luck and heal well, Connor.

  • The Greatest Ever Jul 18, 2013

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    yea obamaboy is probably a deadbeat welfare recipient, sitting at home on his computer all day!

  • StunGunn Jul 18, 2013

    Hate to see this happen to Barth - he's such a terrific young man, and he was in an event giving back to the community. He also held a football camp with his brother Casey - for FREE to teach kids how to kick. I hope he has a full and speedy recovery.

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  • FAN72 Jul 17, 2013

    So sorry to hear this. He is a talented young man. Hoping he has a speedy and complete recovery.

  • Leave it to Beaver Reruns Jul 17, 2013

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    basketball is not so kind to an Achilles, especially when you do not play often.
    Sucks for him. He is a dammm good kicker for the Bucs.

  • I am not who you think I am Jul 17, 2013

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    pro athletes usually have clauses in their contracts that prohibit them from participating in events like this for this reason. Guessing he will be forfeiting a chunk of change for that dunk attempt

  • tBeast Jul 17, 2013

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    The injury was sustained during a charity basketball game on Friday in his hometown of Wilmington, NC.

    Barth signed a four-year, $13.2 million contract extension in 2012, when he was designated as the club's franchise player. Over the past four seasons, he converted a team-record 84.3 percent of his field goal attempts.




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