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September 08, 2010

Injury update: Smith, Stewart practice, Otah doesn't

   The Panthers are getting closer to full strength on offense, but they're still missing one significant piece.

   RT Jeff Otah (knee) was held out of practice Wednesday, their first day of preparation for Sunday's opener at New York.
  
   If he can't go (and it doesn't look likely at this point), they'd start Geoff Schwartz there, and hold their breath. T Garry Williams and G Tim Duckworth would be the only backups available.

   RB Tyrell Sutton (shoulder) was also held out.
 
   Otherwise, they were at full strength, with WR Steve Smith and RB Jonathan Stewart practiced.

   DE Tyler Brayton returned to practice for the first time since suffering a high-ankle sprain in the preseason opener. His comeback gets their end rotation to full strength, allowing them to use Everette Brown and Greg Hardy in a second wave. 

-- Darin Gantt

Posted by Observer Sports on September 8, 2010 at 01:13 PM | Permalink

Comments

They're gettin' there.......

Posted by: Nasty704 | Sep 8, 2010 1:47:53 PM

need otah badly! if the o-line stays healthy, we have a chance against anyone.

Posted by: Geoff | Sep 8, 2010 2:32:43 PM

I don't understand why Brayton is starting. If we are all about a youth movement, why wouldn't Everette and Johnson start with Hardy getting a lot of action (to get used to the speed of the game since he has shown the most potential)and let Brayton be a 2nd stringer and fade out eventually?

Posted by: Jon | Sep 8, 2010 2:35:24 PM

I don't understand why Brayton is starting. If we are all about a youth movement, why wouldn't Everette and Johnson start with Hardy getting a lot of action (to get used to the speed of the game since he has shown the most potential)and let Brayton be a 2nd stringer and fade out eventually?

Posted by: Jon | Sep 8, 2010 2:35:24 PM

Because Brayton is a run stopper who is a known, proven commodity. We'll be facing a power running game against the Giants. Expect to see Hardy and Brown on passing downs.

Posted by: Todd | Sep 8, 2010 2:53:52 PM

Jon, Brayton had 5 sacks and 2 forced fumbles in limited time on the field last year. My God he is only 30. The way he played against the Ravens first string ( 2 sacks ) was impressive. Let him start and take it from there.

Posted by: 309-18, 1-2 | Sep 8, 2010 2:56:06 PM

Because it is not a youth movement. It was a dump crapy contracts and players that were past their prime movement. Brayton is solid DE.

Posted by: Talbot | Sep 8, 2010 3:05:55 PM

I just can't believe the Giants are 7 pt favorites. we put a beat-down on them and we will do it again on 9-12-10

Posted by: 309-18, 1-2 | Sep 8, 2010 3:17:05 PM

I agree with Talbot, if it were a true "youth movement", Kasay would have been dumped and we'd get a younger kicker who can both kickoff and kick field goals

Posted by: Jason Alston | Sep 8, 2010 3:24:39 PM

John Kasay will be a Panther until he decides he doesn't want to be...get used to it.

Posted by: Rawjem | Sep 8, 2010 3:34:55 PM

I think too many people (fans and media) forget that when we played the Giants last year, Otah was injured and Schwartz filled in then, so I feel pretty comfortable having Schwartz start this game. I think the Panthers pull out a close one 10-7.

Posted by: Rick Boggs | Sep 8, 2010 3:39:27 PM

I see 14-3 TD by Smith and one by DWill. Under 150 yrds total by NY.

Posted by: MBPantfan | Sep 8, 2010 3:49:46 PM

Agree, Geoff. IF Otah comes back soon, the Panthers will be a much more dangerous team.

Posted by: Panther Dan | Sep 8, 2010 3:49:59 PM

Geoff Schwartz is a very capable replacement for Otah. We'll be fine. I've been spying on the enemy (team and fans): Here's a few tidbits from the Giants (and fans) I think you'll like: 1)Running back Brandon Jacobs upset that his playing time is being reduced for Ahmad Bradshaw, got to the point he had a meeting with Coughlin about it. 2)"8-8 Season if (Giants) are lucky. Losses to Carolina, Indy, Minn, Dallas. 3)"defensive performance was not fun to watch". 4)"the line-backers were too slow" 5)"More than missed blocks and poor execution, I was disturbed by the lack of energy."

Posted by: charlesbright | Sep 8, 2010 3:52:49 PM

Panthers D will put themselves on the map this weekend. I just picked them up on fantasy to replace Minn for the weekend bc I think we will shut down the run and be all over Eli all day long with all the fresh bodies we keep on the D line. Hardy will earn plenty of snaps too, he has shown up great against the run all preseason long. Can't wait till Sunday!

Posted by: swine-aholic | Sep 8, 2010 4:05:21 PM

You guys do realize we were without Otah the last time we played NYG right?

Not saying it doesn't matter, just saying, don't freak out

Posted by: Gamble20 | Sep 8, 2010 5:13:02 PM

You guys do realize we were without Otah the last time we played NYG right?

Not saying it doesn't matter, just saying, don't freak out

Posted by: Gamble20 | Sep 8, 2010 5:13:03 PM

shut the f up Jon or are you Jon Richardson still in hiding and hating on yor dad and brother...... GO Panthers! We will be fine.

Posted by: MajorLeague | Sep 8, 2010 7:09:24 PM

Jon, please. Brayton has been reborn since he got out of the player killer, Oakland. He has progressed each year and been more and more a positive factor for us. He really looks good this year and I think he just might lead the team in sacks. I love his hustle and his build. I think Fox know what he brings, so he was asked to sit "with injury" so we could foster the new DEs during training camp and pre-season.

Posted by: charlesbright | Sep 8, 2010 7:29:46 PM

Otah, will be placed on IR soon. When is someone going to do a study on the success rate for Panthers having knee surgery? Can your remember Patrick Jefferies? Taking the Panthers to Court??? Maybe he wsa onto something????

Posted by: Chip | Sep 8, 2010 7:59:10 PM

Patrick who? Anyway, I think g.hardy will be starting before the season is over. The most overrated d.end we have now is Johnson. I am starting to have a big man crush on hardy. With his motor he "could be" better than pep. Just sayin, and hoping really.

Posted by: Chuck | Sep 8, 2010 8:14:20 PM

ohhh, now all you guys are starting to come around. Well at least we know all of you have some football savy. Myself, I think that about six games into this season we'll all be going crazy over this team. And, mr. davidson, if you're out there, please feel free to run as many blitz bustin screen plays as you like. Please Keep mat moore protected as much as posible until he reaches his comfort level. Never forget probably the best qb we've ever had (steve beurline). Back then we didn't know how to screen and the blitzers almost killed him.

Posted by: stork302 | Sep 8, 2010 8:58:25 PM

Brayton doesnt cost us all that much and the results are well worth the money spent. Schwartz played without missing a beat after Otah went out and we actually scored more then (not coincidentally Delhomme was yanked for Moore around that time). Both of those guys are solid guys who dont break the bank and get the results - Richardson and Hurney love them for the price. That is why they are still on the team and guys like Peppers (cost too much) Harris (cost to much) Moose (age) and Hoover (age) arent on the squad.

Posted by: manu4t | Sep 8, 2010 9:07:43 PM

LETS GO PANTHERS!!!! Put another 41-9 romp and tromp on them Giants and open up the new stadium the way you shut the old one down. Good luck on this upcoming season and Keep Pounding!!

Posted by: Pat Daddy | Sep 8, 2010 10:20:26 PM

I just hope the Panthers can win this 1 & shut half the "Panthers fans" up. I swear some of these fans are worse than the opponents fans trying to bash the Panthers.

Posted by: MrBernz | Sep 8, 2010 10:50:57 PM

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