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December 04, 2012

Panthers make several roster moves on Tuesday

Coming off their ninth loss of the season, the Carolina Panthers made several roster moves Tuesday.

The most surprising move of the day came when the Panthers cut OL Jeremy Bridges less than three weeks after signing him. Bridges, a 10-year veteran, had struggled with conditioning after being acquired in free agency. 

He served as Garry Williams' primary backup against Kansas City on an offensive line that has been fluid since center Ryan Kalil was placed on injured reserve.

As expected, the Panthers placed safety Sherrod Martin on injured reserve after he tore his ACL and MCL on Sunday. So, too, was defensive end Antwan Applewhite, whose hamstring injury has kept him sidelined the past six games.

In turn, RB Armond Smith and OL Thomas Austin were brought up to the 53-man roster from the practice squad. With RB Jonathan Stewart's health still in question, Smith could spell starter DeAngelo Williams in games.

Carolina also signed DE Mario Addison to help bolster a defensive line that has regressed since late in the Tampa Bay game. Addison was signed from the Washington Redskins' practice squad, and he had been with the Bears and Colts since 2011.

Filling the two vacancies on the practice squad are G Dominic Alford and CB Kendric Burney. Alford is a first-year veteran most recently with the Browns. Burney is also a first-year veteran who was with the Panthers in the 2011 preseason. Burney, a UNC graduate, was with the St. Louis Rams this season.

--Jonathan Jones


Posted by Observer Sports on December 4, 2012 at 04:21 PM | Permalink


So the roster moves didn't include a change in head coach? Dang it...

Did we even attempt to sign Stanford Routt? I know he's not much, but any breathing primate that can stand upright would be a plus for our defense...

Posted by: J | Dec 4, 2012 4:55:14 PM

sir purr may have to suit up to help get this team through the rest of the season.

Posted by: big gulps | Dec 4, 2012 5:01:10 PM

We need to replace the security guard that we have as a Head Coach and the DC. Bring in Cowher or Gruden please!!!

Posted by: I know I'm right | Dec 4, 2012 5:01:52 PM

Tauren poole is a way better back than armond smith. Can we activate Nelson Rosario and Lamont Bryant.

Posted by: Taurus | Dec 4, 2012 5:15:52 PM

Tauren poole is a way better back than armond smith. Can we activate Nelson Rosario and Lamont Bryant.

Posted by: Taurus | Dec 4, 2012 5:16:15 PM

I'm nearly at the point of not caring about anything this team does at this point. Jerry Richardson and the new GM better work hard to win back the trust of all the fans because this franchise has reached the lowest of lows.

Posted by: Smitty | Dec 4, 2012 5:24:00 PM

This team is arguably the "worst in the NFL" at this point in time and "all rats are deserting the sinking ship" This coaching staff is one of the worst also in the history of the league AND RIVERA CAN'T BE FIRED FAST ENOUGH! Not too many fans are interested in what the Panthers do in this "Twilight Zone" called the 2012 regular season. This disaster ranks right up there with the "Titanic" and the "Hindenburg". This season can't end soon enough and the rest of the games should be cancelled or forfeited. GO FIGURE!

Posted by: Whitecomet77 | Dec 4, 2012 5:51:37 PM

The panthers are still my team but we SUCK!!!!!

Posted by: Darrell | Dec 4, 2012 5:59:56 PM

Folks, there is no future with this coach. Who is wanting to watch one team play preseason football while the other team plays to win. I have been a Panther fan since day 1 but it sure is hard remaining as one. I really enjoyed my old team, the Redskins, beat the Giants last night. We can only hope we lose the remaining games so we can get a good draft pick. Sounds like a broken record. That is sad.

Posted by: GrayHawk | Dec 4, 2012 6:33:24 PM

WOW. This was a 2-win team, just two years ago... What did you people expect? This team isn't bad because of Rivera - sorry, life isn't that easy. There is no silver bullet solution. Sure, he's made some mistakes, but no idea how he was respondible for Nakamura's blown coverage in ATL, or Smith falling down in Chicago, or Medlock missing key FGs in tight games, etc, etc, etc. This team has been beset by key mistakes at key times, by key players. Frankly, I think we'll regret if we send Rivera packing, because he is obviously a smart guy, who understands the game. These two years are his first as a HC, and it's been a growing experience for him too - but why we would only want him to learn here, and not be able to utilize the lessons learned are beyond me. Go back and look at all the great coaches who sucked their first couple years - Bill Belichik comes to mind immediately. You think the Browns don't wish they had him still? Anyhow, all that said, if it were up to me, which it ain't, I'd give Rivera another year. This team has been just a yard here, a made FG there, a completion here, a stop there, from being in the thick of the playoff hunt. That's a team that needs tweaks, not an overhaul. You people really want to go through two more years of learning a new offense and defense? Of adjusting to a brand new style of coaching and management? Pu-lease. You'll be calling for the next guy's head just as quickly, if not sooner. How's that working out for Oakland? For Cleveland? In Miami? How's sticking with a guy worked/ing in NE, Pittsburgh, NY (Giants)? Yeah...

Posted by: Swizzlesticks | Dec 4, 2012 7:16:45 PM

Bobcats look real good right about now......

Posted by: Apathetic Andy | Dec 4, 2012 7:17:09 PM

I'm a ride or die carolina fan and its been hard to watch them this year. That Kansas City game made me puke we make any team thats sorry looked good and I knew carolina was going to do that. What is the purpose of making roster change is not going to mean anything at this point

Posted by: Curtis | Dec 4, 2012 7:27:41 PM

Fire the coach! heads up the coach we just fired has his team in the playoffs. Fox went to the s.b with JAKE!! he would have this team winning. his teams never quit only their fan's.HISTORY.Teams that fire coach's habitully lose!! Rams,Browns,Bengals,Raiders,THAT'S A FACT.Grayhawk you are wise.Rip away fair weather fans.

Posted by: REALPANFAN | Dec 4, 2012 7:42:20 PM

Well said GrayHawk! This team is bad because of Richardson's not dumping Hurney 2-3 years ago and the poor drafting past the first round that has happened as a result, McCain, Fua, Edwards, Sione, others I can't remember. Too many people here have been down on Coach because of decisions made that were "safe" "smart" rather than "risky" "dumb" and they would have wined if he had made them and failed. This team is more "snake" bit than anything and changing coaches after only two years is more likely to extend that problem than fix it. Too many years with Fox/Hurney is the problem with this team! And with a new GM things will finally get better.

Posted by: Logan | Dec 4, 2012 7:50:53 PM

Someone said the bobcats look real good right now???? No they dont! They blew an 18 point lead last night and still lost in OT to Portland! This is after they lead the game the entire time! Sounds just like the panthers!!!!

Posted by: Big Daddy | Dec 4, 2012 8:20:36 PM

Rivera won't be fired. The team isn't that stupid. Firing him is not going to solve their problems. What will solve their problems, is adding depth to their roster in free agency and the draft. Our o-line needs help in run protection. We need two defensive tackles. We DEFINITELY need 2safety s. And another cornerback to compliment gamble. In my opinion, a number 2 wide receiver. Cuz lafell, in my opinion, isn't the type of number 2 receiver we need, opposite of my boy, Steve smith. There's a lot of changes and additions this team needs. And it doesn't start with the coaching staff. But also in opinion we need a new offensive coordinator. A guy who specializes in Qb's. Newton is a great passer. He just needs someone that specializes in that to help him progress even further as a quarterback. I have a good feeling Carolina is gonna be signing a lot of key free agents this off-season. As well as trading players for draft picks. He'll, make me gm. I'll turn this team around. Lol

Posted by: drummy | Dec 4, 2012 9:37:58 PM

Jerry better listen to what Acorsi tells him. We need a good GM and head coach who will build around Cam, and teach him to be a pro QB. Maybe try to trade our #2 pick in April. We need an o- line. D-line, receivers, coaching staff, D-backs, Santa Claus, etc.

Posted by: roberto | Dec 4, 2012 9:41:36 PM

someone explain to me how in the hell are we going to sign free agents when we have to release players just to get under next year's salary cap! Hurney destroyed the franchise!

Posted by: joe cool | Dec 4, 2012 10:33:44 PM

@Swizzlesticks--Well said!

Posted by: BofAFan | Dec 5, 2012 12:09:23 AM

The team just doesn't have the talent on the offensive line right now to compete. Couple that with Cam's early season struggles and some bad luck and you get this crappy season. Losing Edwards really hurt the defensive line. There's no one to plugg up the middle. They will have to attend to that next year. Also move gross to RT and get a new LT through the draft. I don't think Rivera is the problem, but he's the coach and takes the blame. Cowher is not the answer. He's been gone for 8 years and nobody has gone after him. There's a reason for that. Yeah he won a Super Bowl but so did Barry Switzer. Gruden could probably get more out of Cam. At least he would develope him into a more complete QB. Meaning make him do more traditional drop back plays. I like Holmgren as well. But more than likely they'll get a college coach or Promising OC.

Posted by: Thomas | Dec 5, 2012 1:11:33 AM

I hope we don't get another teams castoff like Gruden or Cowher. If your not going to give rivera another year (I and think you should). The bring in Chip kelly from Oregon and as for defensive coordinator. Call ellis johnson and see if he would rather coach in the nfl versus head coach of southern mississippi

Posted by: Rick Rogers | Dec 5, 2012 2:22:39 AM


Posted by: Coop | Dec 5, 2012 10:49:24 AM

Keep Cam and Keek and totally clean house from top to bottom. STICK A FORK IN THE PANTHERS FOR THE 2012 SEASON. THEY ARE DONE.

Posted by: Whitecomet77 | Dec 5, 2012 11:39:25 AM

Cowher never impressed me. I agree. A change is needed though. Time for Rivera to go. www.charlotte-pest-control.com

Posted by: R Davis | Dec 5, 2012 2:50:06 PM

If we need to change coaches, we need to look at Brian Billick.

"Brian Harold Billick[1] (born February 28, 1954) is a National Football League game analyst for Fox, and is also an analyst for the network's Bowl Championship Series coverage. He was previously an NFL coach, most recently with the Baltimore Ravens from January 19, 1999 to December 31, 2007. Billick led the Ravens to a 34–7 victory over the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXXV, the franchise's only Super Bowl appearance. He was also notable for being the offensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings (1992–1998) when they broke the then scoring record in the 1998 season."

This would make a whole lot of sense.

Posted by: KittyHawk | Dec 5, 2012 3:55:51 PM

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