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August 05, 2011

Panthers lose Ron Edwards, rookie OL


The Panthers were dealt a double dose of bad injury news Friday after learning the injuries sustained by newly acquired defensive tackle Ron Edwards and rookie offensive lineman Zack Williams on Thursday night were significant.

Edwards, signed to a three-year, $8.25 million contract last week to plug a hole in the Panthers' defensive interior, tore a triceps muscle and could be out for the season.

Williams, a sixth-round pick from Washington State, tore the ACL in his left knee and is expected to undergo season-ending surgery.

Edwards, 32, was the Panthers' biggest acquisition on a defense that was looking for what Ron Rivera called a “space-eater” to keep blockers off the team's linebackers. Edwards' injury leaves the Panthers with Nick Hayden, Corvey Irvin, Andre Neblett and rookies Terrell McClain and Sione Fua at tackle.

The Panthers chose not to re-sign Derek Landri and Ed Johnson, who along with Hayden, were the primary starters in 2010. Landri signed a free agent deal with Philadelphia last week.

Rivera did not believe Williams' knee injury was serious when he went down Thursday night and was carted off the practice field. Williams gave the Panthers a versatile backup because he can play both center and guard.

--Joseph Person


Posted by Observer Sports on August 5, 2011 at 09:02 PM | Permalink


Well, time for Hurney to sign a couple DTs AND a CB.

Posted by: Al | Aug 5, 2011 9:47:44 PM

Guess we can get Marcus Stroud or wait till some teams starts cutting
Players. Ironic Yahoo sport said he was old and injury prone who knew they were actually right

Posted by: The Mover | Aug 5, 2011 9:49:55 PM

I meant ron edwards for those who didn't know who I meant

Posted by: The Mover | Aug 5, 2011 9:51:45 PM

Actually Yahoo Sports is breaking more news and has more accurate stuff then even ESPN anymore.

Posted by: Bobcats Season Ticket Owner | Aug 5, 2011 9:54:18 PM

That sucks. We can deal with losing Zack Williams right now (though I hate it for the kid) since he was only going to be a reserve at the most. Losing Ron Edwards hurts much more, though. He was definitely going to start for us week 1, which would also allow the rookies to get adjusted to the NFL. The remaining FA pool at DT is pretty dang thin. There's John Henderson from Oakland along with some other vets (Pat Williams, etc.) that might be too old. Time to make something happen.

Posted by: appstategrad2008 | Aug 5, 2011 10:56:39 PM

Pat Williams is the way to go i think. He's been consistently healthy despite his advancing age over the last few seasons, and definitely qualifies as a "space eater"-type DT. He would probably be willing to take a one year deal, and then we can slide Fua into his spot next season. I think McClain is going to need to be ready to go this year, but Fua will need at least a year of conditioning.

Posted by: Redbeard | Aug 5, 2011 11:07:49 PM

Well must be that time of the year again! Darn!This happens each year with our defensive line!

Posted by: panfan1 | Aug 6, 2011 5:26:48 AM

The Panthers are now $1 Million OVER the Cap. So basically we're screwed! No Cornerback and no replacement at Defensive Tackle.

Posted by: Dougie | Aug 6, 2011 6:36:50 AM

IR the guy NOW and find a replacement. Easier said than done, I know, but they gotta move on. DT and CB will be their downfall.

Posted by: Original Panther Dan | Aug 6, 2011 7:33:19 AM

Not screwed. La il counts 11million toward this years cap. A new deal for him saves 6 million a least

Posted by: Pronger | Aug 6, 2011 8:39:21 AM

Umm...Henderson is signed in Oakland for the next two years. So about that one black hole we were going to start at DT...it just became two.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Aug 6, 2011 11:45:01 AM

Playing Defensive Tackle for the Panthers is becoming one of the most dangerous positions in the league!

Posted by: criolle johnny | Aug 6, 2011 12:59:34 PM

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