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July 30, 2008

DT Ian Scott Injures Knee

Defensive tackle Ian Scott suffered an injured knee in practice this morning.

It didn't look good. A defender rolled up on his leg and Scott stayed on the ground for several minutes while trainers attended to him.

Coach John Fox said the Panthers will do some medical tests to determine the severity of Scott's injury. He was signed in the offseason to provide depth on the defensive line. Carolina can ill afford to lose defensive tackles. Scott and Darwin Walker are the only experienced backups behind starters Damione Lewis and Ma'ake Kemoeatu.

The position was particularly thin in practice today because Lewis, Kemoeatu and Walker were all out with mild injuries even before Scott went down. The aforementioned three are expected to return soon.

Stay tuned on this one. If the Panthers lose Scott for any length of time, it'll create a glaring need for quality backup help at DT. That may be hard to come by until other teams start making cuts.

-- Charles Chandler

Posted by Observer Sports on July 30, 2008 at 11:19 AM | Permalink

Comments

there you go . this may be a blessing in disguise if the panthers play it right. now maybe it will awaken them to the fact that they need a run stuffing tackle. they could also go another route and experiment more with the 3/4. lets get these talented l.b ers on the field.

Posted by: ray | Jul 30, 2008 11:28:59 AM

there you go . this may be a blessing in disguise if the panthers play it right. now maybe it will awaken them to the fact that they need a run stuffing tackle. they could also go another route and experiment more with the 3/4. lets get these talented l.b ers on the field.

Posted by: ray | Jul 30, 2008 11:29:01 AM

I like the idea of a 3-4 with our personnel at LB but we cant just go completely changing our philosophy on defense halfway through camp I dont think. Somebody better get healthy and stay healthy or we better find some helo, fast. We were thin at DT to start off with and now probably our best backup is out.

Posted by: Henry | Jul 30, 2008 11:37:08 AM

We need to get two more quality back up DTs in here. Our defensive line from day one is unquestionably the weakest part of this team.

Posted by: CarPanFan1 | Jul 30, 2008 11:41:01 AM

We need to get two more quality back up DTs in here. Our defensive line from day one is unquestionably the weakest part of this team.

Posted by: CarPanFan1 | Jul 30, 2008 11:43:52 AM

Rod Coleman and Grady Jackson are out there, but they are unsigned for a reason.

Posted by: TP | Jul 30, 2008 11:46:21 AM

Grady Jackson was signed two days ago by ATL. I'm not a fan of either in this point in their careers (particularly given injury histories), but Rod Coleman and Anthony McFarland ARE out there. Antonio Garay and Orpheus Roye are another couple guys with some experience, and if we're REALLY desperate, I don't think either Keith Traylor or Ted Washington have officially retired yet. Would have been nice to have that 3 and 5 for a body in addition to Hayden.

And we can't run a 3-4. We don't have the linemen to do it.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Jul 30, 2008 12:02:45 PM

I agree that we should look into signing at least 1 of those available Free Agent DT's. All the more reason we maybe should have tried to pick up a DT in the draft before Hayden when a couple good ones were left. But then again I really dont see anyone we drafted before him a mistake at all.

Posted by: JV | Jul 30, 2008 5:54:11 PM

JV, that was where the stupid Otah trade killed us. A good DT could have easily been had with that 2nd or 4th rounder.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Jul 30, 2008 6:04:39 PM

the otah pick solidifies our entire off line.theres no need to panic.theres some talent out there still.we need one vet for 1 year until next years free agency.we should be able to dust off a roye or mcfarland.in the meantime hopefully one of our young tackles can step up with the extra reps .

Posted by: ray | Jul 30, 2008 9:21:39 PM

Yeah but he has a point, we could have have the top pick at any one of the DT's..Dre Moore - who I was very high on- or even Red Bryant for Texas A&M..oh well like I said hopefully we will pick up one of those fat slobs that are still unsigned in the Free Agent market.

Posted by: JV | Jul 31, 2008 5:08:03 PM

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