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July 30, 2008

Source: Scott's injury not serious

Looks like the Panthers have been spared the worse regarding the left knee injury suffered by defensive tackle Ian Scott.

According to a source close to the situation, Scott suffered a sprain to his medial collateral ligament and will miss a couple of weeks, but should be ready to return to practice by mid-August.

Scott was hurt during Wednesday morning's practice when a teammate rolled up on his leg. Scott was on the ground for several minutes while the team's medical/training staff attended to him.

Later, he was on crutches, wearing a brace to stabilize the knee, but was able to put some weight on the leg.

Scott missed last season with an anterior cruciate ligament injury to the same knee, and there was concern that he might have re-injured it again in the same way.

But, the source said, tests revealed otherwise, which is obviously good news for Scott and the Panthers.

Though it's questionable whether he'll be back before training camp closes on Aug. 13, he could be ready for the second or third exhibition of the preseason.

The Panthers may still want to add a defensive tackle for practice purposes in camp. They were missing three DTs Wednesday in addition to Scott.

Already out were starters Damione Lewis, Ma'ake Kemoeatu and top reserve Darwin Walker. None of those injuries are serious, and they're expected back in practice soon.

-- Charles Chandler

Posted by Observer Sports on July 30, 2008 at 11:31 PM | Permalink


Am I the only one that got really confused by that post???? Maybe he just said Walker a couple of times when he meant Scott.

Posted by: Henry | Jul 30, 2008 11:50:17 PM

Yes, Henry, that's what happened. Sorry about that! It's corrected now. ... Charles

Posted by: Charles Chandler | Jul 31, 2008 12:06:30 AM

Carolina needs to add (via trade) a good backup DT. The Defensive line is our weakest point. Also looking at all of the DT's that are banged up already, the situation doesn't look good.

Posted by: CarPanFan1 | Jul 31, 2008 1:12:22 AM

This certainly calls the trading away of Kris Jenkins into question. That the Panthers would leave themselves so thin at defensive tackle after only 5 days of practice makes me wonder what it was about Jenkins that motivated them to trade a 2-time Pro-Bowl lineman (or was it 3 times?) only 28 years old for 2 mid-level draft picks. Teams have put up with a lot from lesser players than Kris Jenkins.

I hope the Panthers haven't shot themselves in the foot just to be rid of Jenkins and whatever baggage he might have.

Go Cats!

Posted by: FrankieB2 | Jul 31, 2008 1:46:38 AM

2 things.

Frankie, yes, the Jenkins trade is looking pretty idiotic now. Yes, they got the great, already been deemed a hall of famer Godfrey out of the deal, but look at what they're left with at DT. It's almost as if the Panthers said "we hate Jenkins. Trade him for whatever we can get and we'll deal with the enormous hole later." With no plan at all, and they replace him with a 6th round borderline roster guy and 2 castoffs. Perfect.

Second, cut Ian Scott now. He was hurt all last year, no one wanted him except the desperate Panthers, and now he's hurt again for the rest of the preseason on his new team, where he needs to be practicing. Cut him now and deal with the problem NOW, not later. He's dead weight.

Posted by: Gene | Jul 31, 2008 7:19:40 AM

Dont you think that the Panthers had to trade Jenkins. Jenkins got a new deal as soon as he signed with NY and I do have a strong feeling if he was here he would have been a holdout for a deal we hasnt worth.

Posted by: matt | Jul 31, 2008 7:27:27 AM

The Jenkins deal was necessary. He would have been a cancer on this team this year.

Posted by: Phil | Jul 31, 2008 8:13:44 AM

The Jenkins trade was always a mistake in my mind.

Posted by: J Thomas | Jul 31, 2008 9:41:28 AM

Guys look, Jenk did not want to be here anymore, the trade was a good thing for both. We may look slim now but having him in the locker room would have done more harm then good.

Posted by: Big Cat | Jul 31, 2008 9:48:35 AM

359!?! Last year, the Panthers demanded him get under 350lbs for camp or don't show up at all. For him to show up 9 or 10 pounds heavier that that isn't saying alot. Jenkins playing weight should be closer to (I think) 340lbs.

Posted by: Michael Bolton | Jul 31, 2008 10:48:33 AM

MB, the weight the Panthers wanted him at is pretty irrelevant given he's not on the team anymore. The Jets want him under 360, and he lost nearly 40 pounds to get there. The $250K on the line may have something to do with it, but I feel like that's still pretty commendable.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Jul 31, 2008 11:04:11 AM

Dont worry MB, most people on here have a good reason to dislike Jenkins for showing up overweight the past couple seasons.

Posted by: matt | Jul 31, 2008 11:53:23 AM

Be mad all you want, but the man still played well. He and Kemo were largely responsible for our very solid run D over the last two years, as well as Beason's great season. Occupying blockers doesn't show up in the stat sheet, but it sure as hell makes things easier on your teammates.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Jul 31, 2008 1:18:47 PM

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