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December 18, 2012

Panthers move Zack Williams to IR, sign G Hayworth Hicks

The Carolina Panthers moved Zack Williams to the injured reserve on Tuesday after the offensive lineman tore his ACL during pregame warmups.

Williams, a second-year guard out of Washington State, was on the team's practice squad for the first seven games of the season before being promoted to the 53-man roster. He would not see action until Week 11 against Tampa Bay.

He's yet another injury to an offensive line that's been more fluid than any other position group for the Panthers this season. FIrst, Pro Bowl center Ryan Kalil was lost for the season with a foot injury. In an effort to find the right configuartion, the Panthers have used four different starting lineups on the line since Week 7.

The Panthers signed free agent Hayworth Hicks in Tuesday to replace Williams. Hicks, an undrafted free agent out of Iowa State, has been with four NFL teams this season. He was signed by the Colts after the draft but cut in the preseason. He also had stops with the Jets, Chiefs and most recently with Tampa Bay.

Head coach Ron Rivera said Monday his only injury concern post-San Diego was Williams.

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on December 18, 2012 at 04:04 PM | Permalink


I think this was the right move to take this team where we want it to go.

Posted by: big gulps | Dec 18, 2012 5:18:27 PM

The recent success of the patchwork O-line raises this question: Are the guys on IR not really that good?

Posted by: Gamera | Dec 18, 2012 6:16:37 PM

No, but he's too busy munching on the snacks in those grocery bags.

Posted by: Gamera | Dec 18, 2012 8:30:01 PM

DJ Campbell is better than 2 players he played behind? I can't believe special teams hasn't made a mistake!

Posted by: joe cool | Dec 18, 2012 9:17:38 PM

Jerry Richardson: Lobbying Assets: Greg Jennings, Tyronne Green, Deuce Lutui, Shaun Smith, Perrish Cox, Rodgers-Cromartie, and Mike Jenkins as potential off-season targets!!! 2-3 would be great!
Draft Safety, TE, T, DE, and LOLB. GO PANTHERS!!!

Posted by: BofA Fan | Dec 19, 2012 8:42:40 PM

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