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July 27, 2013

Kugbila carted off with hamstring injury

Panthers rookie guard Edmund Kugbila's NFL career is off to a rough start.

The fourth-round pick from Valdosta (Ga.) State injured his hamstring Saturday during the Panthers' second training camp practice. The injury comes after Kugbila missed most of OTAs and minicamp with a left knee injury.

Kugbila was carted to the training room after he was injured early in Saturday's practice.

“He tweaked his hamstring,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. “So we'll see how he is and we'll treat him day by day.”

Rivera said Kugbila's injury “probably” was related to his inactivity during the spring, but pointed out that he's not a doctor.

Kugbila was working with the second team, behind starting right guard Geoff Hangartner, before leaving practice.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on July 27, 2013 at 05:36 PM | Permalink


G man better get some OL help soon.

Posted by: B. Scott | Jul 27, 2013 5:51:23 PM


Posted by: Lanman | Jul 27, 2013 6:13:19 PM

Travelle should be on the short list

Posted by: Leeroy | Jul 27, 2013 8:07:29 PM

Jeff Otah 2.0 :-/

Posted by: AppGrad01 | Jul 27, 2013 8:22:43 PM

Kugbila will likely be Gettleman's first draft bust. The scouts may have been right about this one. Shades of Blotah?

Posted by: Whitecomet77 | Jul 27, 2013 8:43:48 PM

This scenario has played out before and I hope we don't waste years on another injury prone player the way we have done with others in the past.
Spring period of inactivity? Why would we be drafting somebody like that?

Posted by: DDubya | Jul 28, 2013 7:42:04 AM

Well we traded back into the first round for otah...so the only place they're similar is they both played offensive line....its not like we unloaded the house for this guy...

Posted by: mfreeze3152 | Jul 28, 2013 9:36:47 AM

With only five draft picks available and a whole lot of needs, Gettleman does not have the luxury of having a draft bust no matter where he was picked in the draft order if the team is to improve, compete, and make the playoffs. Kugbila was probably not a good pick but time will tell the tale. The offensive line needs players who can stay healthy and Kugbila has been limping since he left the gate. He may be one of the final cuts before the regular seasons starts and if he makes the roster "big if" he would start out on the PUP list.

Posted by: Whitecomet77 | Jul 28, 2013 1:00:53 PM

Every gm would like to nail every pick no matter if you got four or fourteen....I never heard of a 4th round bust before....1 and second round guys hold that title. .yes their is going to be that guy that was picked in the 4th round or drafted later that will have us saying dang wish we picked him up...but you know what? 31 other fan bases will be saying the excate same things. Lets just hope he gets healthy.

Posted by: mfreeze3152 | Jul 28, 2013 1:53:10 PM

Inactivity in the spring? I do believe I would have been working my butt off to get in the best shape possible before training camp. If not, I would not want him on my team. He can't be that naive!!

Posted by: Paul | Jul 28, 2013 8:51:14 PM

When you only have 5 total picks, and you use 1 of them on a guy you could've gotten in the 7th round....I don't care if you call it a "bust" or just a waste, but it was a horrible pick by Gettleman.

Barrett Jones or Quinton Patton would have easily been better picks.

Posted by: Fred | Jul 28, 2013 8:58:37 PM

Come on guys, Kugbila was a fourth round pick, #108 overall. If he had better credentials he wouldn't have been there to be picked. Lighten up.

Posted by: Ray | Jul 28, 2013 9:04:36 PM

How does anybody know "well he couldve been picked in the seventh round". That's right we don't know....

Posted by: mfreeze3152 | Jul 28, 2013 10:36:14 PM

Bashing gettlemen is silly given this finacial dumpster fire he walked into...the only person that has come remotely close to living up to marty hurneys free for all spending spree is charles johnson....Charles godfrey nope Jonathan stewart nope deangelo williams nope (the running back mess is going to be corrected next off season) jon beason nope as well and James anderson is gone....our first pick next year will be a left tackle...and look for us to add another swing linemen as well...

Posted by: mfreeze3152 | Jul 28, 2013 10:44:11 PM

It wasn't a surprise that he needed work done on his knee. His game film must have warranted the pick anyway. He is a strong, large man who Rivera said was impressed with his retention of what he's been taught so far....... But anyway...... Let's let the rookie play his first season before we start comparing him to anyone or even mentioning he's a bust or will be cut final cuts lol. He's not going anywhere for a while. Relax

Posted by: Mike | Jul 29, 2013 8:44:12 AM

One hog molly down, lets hope the rest can keep up

Posted by: Smitty | Jul 29, 2013 1:35:47 PM

When other GM's in the league say "this is a guy we had a 7th round grade on", then it's pretty safe to say the guy would have been available in the 7th or worst case 6th round. A full two rounds later than he was over-drafted.
With a ton of needs on offense it's just ridiculous to use your 3rd pick in the draft on a guy who's only scouting tape comes from his mom's Android phone that she filmed from the bleachers.

Posted by: Timbo | Jul 30, 2013 4:28:50 PM

Going from college small ball to the NFL is just too big of a leap to expect much unless the player is a top athlete at his position.

Posted by: Sports don | Jul 30, 2013 9:26:02 PM

Let Kugbila rest the hamstring. We will be letting players go soon and we might be able to pick up some offensive and defensive help in the interim before the season starts. Keep a stiff upper lip, all is not lost.

Posted by: Ali | Jul 31, 2013 11:27:56 AM

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