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November 15, 2012

Armanti Edwards' status in doubt

Joe Adams' two-month stint in Ron Rivera's doghouse could be over.

Rivera said Adams likely will be active Sunday against Tampa Bay if Armanti Edwards' pulled groin does not improve.

Edwards, the third-year receiver from Appalachian State, missed practice Thursday after injuring his groin Wednesday. Adams, the rookie returner from Arkansas, hasn't played since fumbling twice in a Week 3 loss to the Giants.

“I've really tried to pay close attention to him. Joe's done a lot of work. He's put his nose to the grindstone,” Rivera said. “One thing he's done is he's stayed after practice and been very diligent about catching kicks.”

Rivera said Adams also has done extra work with assistant receivers coach Ricky Proehl.

Rivera said if Adams is active, he would be involved in punt return. Captain Munnerlyn, who took over for Adams, is the league's lowest-ranked punt returner with an average of 4.8 yards a return.

Rivera said David Gettis would be in the mix as the kick returner if Edwards is out.

Edwards remained hopeful Thursday he could play against the Bucs. Rivera said he would know more about Edwards' status Friday.

Defensive end Antwan Applewhite (hamstring) and defensive tackle Ron Edwards were the only other players to miss practice. Ron Edwards was given the day off.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on November 15, 2012 at 03:23 PM | Permalink


Please don't put my boy in! He puts the MUFF in muffed.

Posted by: JoeAdamsMomma | Nov 15, 2012 3:41:51 PM

There's no way we can without Armanti.

Posted by: buckshot jenkins | Nov 15, 2012 4:26:09 PM

Kind of like the old question about a tree falling in the forest. If Armanti is inactive will anyone notice?

Posted by: grrrowl | Nov 15, 2012 4:26:40 PM

whay baby Adams? Play him! If he can't play cut him!

Posted by: joe cool | Nov 15, 2012 4:34:56 PM

Armanti's status has been in doubt since 2010.

Posted by: J | Nov 15, 2012 4:55:40 PM

Oh, come on now. That headline was specifically put in place to bait the commenters. Joe had to be laughing when he came up with that one.

Posted by: swiznami | Nov 15, 2012 5:00:12 PM

Wait, WHAT?! It's mid November and he's doing "extra work" with coach Ricky Proehl?
This is suddenly a good idea?
Did the new Special Teams coach come up with this?
GO PANTHERS (esp against TAMPA!), but sometimes I have to wonder who has been in charge the past nine weeks.
They dumped a GM and then started making changes. Is there a connection or is this just part of the plan?
Who decided what?
Is it just me or is there a change of direction since Marty Hurney left?

Posted by: criolle johnny | Nov 15, 2012 5:28:00 PM

Lets get a look at Gettis this season!

Posted by: 10-4!! | Nov 15, 2012 7:00:38 PM

Though Marty may be the nicest guy in NC most of us long time Panther fans know he was clueless as a GM so the teams taking a different direction the last couple weeks since he is gone speaks clearly of a cluelessness on the team being removed. Now I hope Chud is next!

Posted by: Logan | Nov 15, 2012 8:21:06 PM

This season, and Rivera's tenure as coach, cannot end soon enough. What an unprecedented failure of overrated talent and coaching ineptitude. Big changes are needed for next year.

Posted by: manu4t | Nov 16, 2012 1:37:34 PM

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