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November 27, 2012

Ron Edwards to IR; Stewart injured

Panthers defensive tackle Ron Edwards will miss the rest of the season after dislocating his left elbow in Monday's 30-22 win at Philadelphia.

Edwards' injury will take a minimum of four to six weeks to heal. So the Panthers will put him on injured reserve and activate DT Frank Kearse from the practice squad, coach Ron Rivera said Tuesday.

Edwards, who signed as a free agent in 2011, missed all of last season after tearing his triceps during his first training camp practice with the Panthers.

Edwards has started every game this season, and has 14 tackles and one sack.

Sione Fua, Andre Neblett or Kearse will compete for the spot.

“It's very tough because Ron's been very stout for us at the point of attack. He's been doing a nice job, allowing those linebackers to run,” Rivera said. “So now the next guy up has to be able to do that.”

Starting running back Jonathan Stewart has a high left ankle sprain. Stewart missed two games early in the season with a sprained right ankle.

Rivera called Stewart day-to-day.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on November 27, 2012 at 01:40 PM | Permalink


Somehow out of this, Scott Fowler will find a way to tell us all how good Cam Newton is. What a JOKE of a "reporter".

Posted by: Tim Coope | Nov 27, 2012 2:16:08 PM

i am da bomb!

Posted by: Cam | Nov 27, 2012 2:20:08 PM

Considering Edwards isn't getting any younger (and certainly not less injury prone), and assuming the Panthers hire a decent GM, I'm thinking the 2013 first round pick will be a DT. While it's hard to get excited about that, it's probably their biggest area of need (although they could sure use help at OL, WR, CB, S, LB). As long as it's not another RB!

Posted by: WayneD | Nov 27, 2012 2:33:28 PM

Wishing J-Stew and Ron Edwards a fast recovery.

Posted by: nosebleed fan | Nov 27, 2012 2:57:45 PM

nosebleed fan said it the best.

Posted by: Goddy | Nov 27, 2012 3:23:26 PM

Well Tim Cooper,

Considering he either passed or rushed for 358 of Carolina's 398 total yards and passed for 2 TDs and rushed for another 2 TDs... I'd say he WAS pretty darn good! Panthers converted on 6 of 12 3rd down opportunities and Newton scrambled for 2 of those and scored a TD on a 3rd!

There are times when his play is deserving of criticism, but if you believe last night was one of them, then it's YOU who are the joke.

Posted by: John | Nov 27, 2012 3:33:18 PM

Panthers draft priorities next year. DT, CB, G,

Posted by: par404 | Nov 27, 2012 3:37:01 PM

Quit neglecting this position!
Draft a DT in the 2nd Round or pick up one in Free Agency.

Posted by: Paywalls are Berlin walls | Nov 27, 2012 3:51:27 PM

I can't believe nobody on here thinks our biggest need isn't an offensive lineman. Gross is past his days at left tackle, it's time for him to move over and for the Panthers to protect their future. EVERYTHING starts up front on both sides of the ball. I agree with the 2nd round DT too. CB is not a high priority at this point. It's our safety play that gets us beat down the field, namely 43. Even though that was one of the weakest PI flags I've ever seen.

Posted by: Swizzle52 | Nov 27, 2012 4:29:25 PM

I don't believe corner back is a serious area of need. I really like Josh Norman and Josh Thomas. We still have Captain Munnerlyn and lets not forget Gamble who is still a very good Corner. I think between Gambel and Josh Norman we have a pair of very good starters.

Posted by: Alex Schmid | Nov 27, 2012 4:36:21 PM

How about drafting a top notch WR to replace the aging SS? And I wish Gettis would be given a chance at #3 receiver to see what he can still do.

Posted by: Logan | Nov 27, 2012 4:57:23 PM

We need 4 staring o-lineman! Lets draft a corner? Ron Edwards will not be back next season!

Posted by: joe cool | Nov 27, 2012 5:20:51 PM

Agreed. We better build our offensive line first. Cut Gross, Gamble, Beason and sign some very good linemen's

Posted by: Ryan | Nov 27, 2012 5:22:48 PM

We need 1 starting o line maaaaaybe 2. Not 4. We don't need much at all. Defensive tackle, offensive tackle, a stud free safety would be helpful.

Our offensive line isn't that bad. They look worse at times because we pass the ball so much and newton likes to hold the ball forever. Our running game not getting going has way more to do with scheme and play calling than it does talent. Same with our non free safety defense. Past all that, dt is the only really old position.

You could definitely spring for a cb if gamble won't be back. If gamble's coming back, you're solid there. Norman and munnerlyn are decent Starters but as 2 and 3 they are very good.

Martin is clearly better than nakamura but clearly not a great fs. Steve smith still has 4 years in him. Lafell/gettis/murphy/edwards are all capable receivers.

Highly likely williams won't be back so that would weaken RB spot.

All this team needs is new coaching staff. Del rio should be the pick.

Posted by: charlottean | Nov 27, 2012 6:47:26 PM

Heu COOPe.....Scoope yourself up and flush with the rest of your POOPe. timmy

Posted by: Big Bad John | Nov 27, 2012 7:22:39 PM

A brilliant owner once said "the hardest position to fill is the HC position". EVERYONE in the NFL has "talent" at this level. Yes, some a little more than others, but ALL have the "talent", or else they wouldn't be in the NFL. Collectively, our players are just as good as any other team. The true challenge and missing "ingredient" is getting them ALL to (1) believe they have the talent to beat anyone and (2), execute accordingly and not accept anyone that doesn't play to a level to do just that. Attitude, beleif, will, desire, whatever you want to call it propels the good teams over others. I don't care if you had 15 All Pro players on the same team, doesn't mean it will result in Ws..... They have to play in unity! Truth of the matter is, this team has no heart, no direction, no will, no unity, etc. Quit drinking the koolaid on "we need this or we need that" We have the talent (all teams do) what we are missing are the other factors listed above. PERIOD!!!!!!!

Posted by: Zuggy | Nov 28, 2012 8:41:32 PM

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