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November 14, 2012

Older, calmer Bridges back with Panthers

Jeremy Bridges returned to Charlotte and stepped back into his old position.

Bridges, the former Panther who re-signed Wednesday, said he worked some with the first-team offense at right guard. The position has been a trouble spot since starter Geoff Hangartner moved to center following Ryan Kalil's foot injury.

Bridges said it felt “comforting” coming back to the team where he played alongside Hangartner and tackle Jordan Gross from 2006-2008. Bridges, who was arrested in each of his last two seasons in Charlotte, said he's more of a “family man” than during his first stint and assured interim general manager Brandon Beane the former, wilder Bridges is “dead.”

Bridges will try to help an offense that managed just 10 rushing yards – tying a franchise low – in the first meeting with Tampa Bay, this week's opponent.

“It's no secret, I do like to run the ball. But I think every offensive lineman does,” Bridges said. “Pass-blocking is just something we get paid to do. I don't think any of us like to do it. For us to impose our will on defensive lineman, that's what we like to do.”

To make room for Bridges on the 53-man roster, the Panthers placed defensive end Thomas Keiser on injured reserve. Keiser had missed three games in a row with torn ligaments in his elbow.

DAY OFF: Veteran starters Steve Smith, Gross and Thomas Davis got the day off Wednesday. DE Antwan Applewhite (hamstring), DT Dwan Edwards (ankle) and Hangartner (knee) were out, while WR Armanti Edwards (groin) was limited.

--Joseph Person


Posted by Observer Sports on November 14, 2012 at 03:51 PM | Permalink


Welcome back, Jeremy. Glad to see you've grown up and discovered what's important in life. I always thought you were an impressive blocker. With our o-line being in shambles right now, the Panthers need your very best.

Posted by: Tom B. | Nov 14, 2012 4:41:17 PM

Armanti pulled his groin?

Place him on IR and let him ride out the rest of his career in street clothes. He's done as a NFL player.

Posted by: Wolverine | Nov 14, 2012 4:50:49 PM

We stink offensively because Hurney figured that he could just insert rookies or weak players into the O-line and merely let Wharton and others go their merry way. What a moron! Of course, all coaches affiliated with this move and philosophy are also morons!

Posted by: EDDIELUCY | Nov 14, 2012 5:33:18 PM

Armanti is TOO SLOW!

Posted by: EC | Nov 14, 2012 5:36:45 PM

I think the rest of the season Will Be very interesting. Coach RR Will Be trying weird things, playing the young and potentially doomed (#14) guys... (Did you notice how I snuck my name in there? Clever, aye?

Posted by: WILL.I.BE | Nov 14, 2012 7:11:09 PM

I wonder what you're so bitter about, wolverine?

Posted by: banks | Nov 14, 2012 9:32:59 PM

If we had done a better job in drafts in past years, we wouldnt be reading this right now. Thanks Hurney for investing in areas of need like the Oline, WR and Secondary instead of stocking up LBs and RBs.

Posted by: manu4t | Nov 15, 2012 11:24:18 AM

Investing in o-line like he did with khalil and gross and otah and WR like he did with a million draft picks and secondary like he did with gamble and godfrey and several draft picks?

talent has not been the problem with this team. the big mistake hurney made was not convincing jerry richardson to keep john fox. he would have this team playoff bound.

our O-line had a bad game, that doesn't make them weak. considering we lost our top guy for the year, they have played pretty well. especially considering we're starting a rookie at left guard another young guy at right tackle and essentially a rookie replacing hangartner at guard.

coaching has been the problem this year.

Posted by: charlottean | Nov 15, 2012 2:35:44 PM

She-wolverine change your name to ur-ine! Welcome back Jeremy. Get it done.

Posted by: Big Bad John | Nov 15, 2012 4:46:16 PM

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