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December 28, 2012

Panthers have 3 starters questionable for Saints' game

The Panthers could be working with a patchwork offensive line Sunday in the finale at New Orleans.

Center Geoff Hangartner, who has missed the past two games with a sprained foot, did not practice all week and is listed as questionable.

The Panthers already are without Pro Bowl center Ryan Kalil, who went on injured reserve in October, and left guard Amini Silatolu, who dislocated his wrist last week against Oakland.

Thomas Austin, a second-year player from Clemson, will make his first career start in place of Silatolu. Jeff Byers again will get the nod at center if Hangartner can't play, coach Ron Rivera said.

Austin struggled last week after replacing Silatolu. But Rivera said he has looked better in practice this week.

Two other starters are listed as questionable: running back Jonathan Stewart (ankle) and outside linebacker James Anderson (back). Rookie punt returner Joe Adams, who appeared to lose his spot with a fumble against the Raiders, also is questionable with an ankle injury.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on December 28, 2012 at 01:31 PM | Permalink


What's this "could be" working with a patchwork line? It absolutely IS a patchwork line.

Posted by: Dominic Frangitelli | Dec 28, 2012 11:50:22 PM

I hate to say it, but it's OK to lose this game. A win would mean a much lower draft pick, and a top ten draft pick is something this team needs more than a meaningless win.

Posted by: Al Terego | Dec 28, 2012 11:52:02 PM

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