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December 26, 2012

Silatolu to IR; Stewart still hobbled

The Panthers tied a team record Wednesday when rookie guard Amini Silatolu was placed on injured reserve.

Silatolu, the second-round pick who will need surgery on his dislocated wrist, becomes the 18th player to go on IR, tying last season's team mark. Panthers coach Ron Rivera did not announce a corresponding roster move.

With center Geoff Hangartner still sidelined with a sprained foot, the Panthers could start four undrafted free agents, with varying levels of experience, on the line Sunday against New Orleans: center Jeff Byers, guard Thomas Austin and tackles Garry Williams and Byron Bell.

After Silatolu went out on the second play against Oakland last week, Austin and former Raider Bruce Campbell struggled in his spot.

Rivera said he has not decided who will get the start there against the Saints.

“We're working on it,” Rivera said. “We're not set on anything.”

 --Rivera gave eight starters the day off Wednesday, extending their Christmas breaks to a third day.

Among injured players, outside linebacker James Anderson (back) did not practice, while running back Jonathan Stewart (ankle) was limited.

Stewart, who has missed the past four games, said he hoped to play against the Saints. But Rivera said Stewart was “pretty hobbled still.”

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on December 26, 2012 at 04:01 PM | Permalink


The Carolina Panthers are a WALKING MASH UNIT and continue to set records for the number of players sent to IR each year under the RIVERA REGIME. Johnathan Stewart can't seem to stay healthy for a full season like most of the team. You are not going to do much with third , fourth, and fifth stringers along the offensive line. CAM will absorb a lot of hits this week as he did last week. RIVERA does not have a clue as to what to do about it. NO WONDER THIS SEASON HAS BE A DISASTER. A house cleaning is in order for the off season. NUFF SAID!

Posted by: Whitecomet77 | Dec 26, 2012 7:23:22 PM

if you can't be on the field then you are of no value...stewart packed it in weeks ago...we need players that can actually PLAY...can't wait for the new GM to get us some men & get rid of all these guys that get hurt all the time...just one last present that Marty Hurney left us

Posted by: bull123 | Dec 26, 2012 7:44:55 PM

one more thing...you can't blame the coach if the players are a bunch of lightweights...

Posted by: bull123 | Dec 26, 2012 7:46:12 PM

The coach sucks and needs to go!

Posted by: DaMan | Dec 27, 2012 8:22:44 AM

Yes,that is real brainy. Fire the coach because the players get injured. Sounds like something a dumb falcons fan would say.

Posted by: Black--Panther | Dec 27, 2012 6:28:31 PM

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