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November 13, 2012

With offensive line struggling, Panthers set to sign G Jeremy Bridges

After its offensive line allowed a season-high seven sacks Sunday against the Broncos, the Panthers are expected to sign free-agent guard Jeremy Bridges, league sources said Tuesday.

Bridges, a former Panther for three years, was most recently with the Arizona Cardinals. He was placed on the injured reserve on Sept. 2 with a torn left thumb ligament. He reached an injury settlement with the Cardinals on Nov. 5.

The Panthers signed Bridges before the 2006 season, and he spent three years with the club playing 40 games and starting in 28.

But his time with the club was tumultuous. Bridges was arrested at the start of training camp in 2007 for misdemeanor assault. He was suspended two games that season for the incident.

The next season he was charged with simple assault and battery in a night club after shaking and popping a bottle of wine that got bystanders wet. It was alleged that he also pushed a bar bouncer. He was released by the Panthers at the end of the season.

He had been with the Cardinals since 2009, playing in every game and starting in 16 over three years.

Carolina’s offensive line has struggled since Pro Bowl center Ryan Kalil was placed on injured reserve with a foot injury in after the Seattle game in Week 5. Geoff Hangartner slid over from guard and the Panthers filled that role with Jeff Byers moving into Hangartner’s old position. Carolina tinkered with moving second-year tackle Byron Bell to guard for a game before moving him back to right tackle.

Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said Monday that both guards—Byers and rookie Amini Silatolu—were “exposed” by Denver’s defense. Both of them gave up a sack Sunday. The Panthers are tied for eighth in the league with 24 sacks and are on pace to allow 42 this season, seven more than last season.

With the Panthers' active list full at 53, a corresponding move will be made, though it was not disclosed yet.

--Jonathan Jones and Joe Person

Posted by Observer Sports on November 13, 2012 at 05:01 PM | Permalink


good bye Garry Williams!

Posted by: joe cool | Nov 13, 2012 8:36:02 PM

Silatolu looks like yet another great Hurney draft pick. Whomever takes over at GM better bring a shovel to clean up this roster.

Posted by: manu4t | Nov 14, 2012 6:58:48 AM

What! The panthers signing controversial players. I like this. Go Panthers. Do what it takes to win.

Posted by: JJ | Nov 14, 2012 11:01:22 AM

Easy guys we will get a winning team one day. Be patience!

Posted by: kat | Nov 14, 2012 1:16:03 PM

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