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November 16, 2012

Byers will start at right guard, Armanti Edwards probable

Despite bringing in an offensive lineman this week to help boost its recent poor play, the Panthers will stay with the same five starters for Sunday's game against Tampa Bay.

Jeff Byers will get the nod again at right guard and the line will stay the same for the fourth straight game. 

Head coach Ron Rivera said newly acquired guard Jeremy Bridges still isn't where he needs to be condition-wise after sitting on the injured reserve with the Cardinals through the first ten weeks of the season.

"With Jeremy the biggest thing is his conditioning," Rivera said. "When you watch Wednesday and Thursday practice, he's good, he's where he's supposed to be. But in period three, four and five, he's getting higher and higher and losing his legs earlier and earlier."

Last week's kick returner Armanti Edwards is probable for Sunday. He strained his groin during practice on Wednesday and did not participate Thursday. 

"He did practice and he took some reps today," Rivera said. "So we'll see how he is and we'll probably make a decision some time tomorrow. We'll have a little bit better feel."

Should he be unable to go Sunday, David Gettis, Louis Murphy or Joe Adams will be the kick returner. Rivera gave no indication of whether Adams will be active for the first time since Week Three.

Defensive end Antwan Applewhite is the only Panther listed as out for Sunday.

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on November 16, 2012 at 01:26 PM | Permalink


i'm out too...word...

Posted by: jimmy pickles | Nov 16, 2012 3:00:40 PM

I'm mentally exhausted dude!

Posted by: Cam | Nov 16, 2012 3:20:27 PM

Just give me the ... ball. And a uniform.

Posted by: Keyshawn | Nov 16, 2012 4:14:23 PM

AZ gave Bridges an injury release because of a thumb injury. Thumb? I guess Jeremey's thumb rehab did not include cardio training.

Posted by: Doug | Nov 17, 2012 7:23:57 AM

Doug, teams actually release players from IR because they're healthy. And I'd hazard that there's not a great way to simulate blocking against 300-pound NFL-caliber athletes in a training room.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Nov 17, 2012 1:55:58 PM

Whatever...When do the Bobcats play again?

Posted by: C.Bax | Nov 17, 2012 6:29:39 PM

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