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November 09, 2006

Trainer's actions might have saved Carstens

There's a new unsung hero in Bank of America Stadium today.

Perhaps you've never heard of Ryan Vermillion, but you should. He's the trainer for the Panthers and he just might have saved a life.

Defensive tackle Jordan Carstens showed up at the team facility Wednesday morning, complaining of chest pain. It wasn't all that much different from what players feel after they've strained a muscle lifting weights.

But Vermillion was quick enough to know that blood clots are a side effect of the kidney condition Carstens has dealt with for more than a year. Vermillion quickly got Carstens to Carolinas Medical Center, where a blood clot was found in his lung.

There is a huge feeling of relief today that Vermillion acted so authoritatively and quickly. Carstens remains in the hospital and is receiving medication to help remove the clot. But there's a sense that, without Vermilion, Carstens' situation could have been devastating.

Posted by Observer Sports on November 9, 2006 at 04:58 PM | Permalink


Great... what's his diagnosis for the secondary and the running game?

Posted by: Stinger | Nov 9, 2006 9:00:29 PM

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