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August 27, 2013

Panthers place fourth-round draft pick Kugbila on IR

One full preseason practice is all the Carolina Panthers will get from their fourth-round draft choice this season.

The Panthers placed G Edmund Kugbila on the injured reserve after the rookie struggled to come back from a hamstring injury that sidelined him all of training camp.

"We had to make a tough decision with Edmund," coach Ron Rivera said. "The hard part is the young man has worked so hard. He’s flashed so much for us and you get excited about the young man but this last little situation—the tweak with the knee and all that stuff—in the long term, with our medical staff, they feel this is the best thing for him.

"It’s a long-term thing in terms of getting him ready to go and really looking toward the future with him. Disappointing we are going to miss a good young football player like the other four (draft picks) are getting ready to help us. I think he’s going to be fine and they’ll take care of the situation and get him all geared up."

Kugbila missed nearly all of spring workouts with a sore knee, then he strained his hamstring during the first training camp practice. He suffered a setback on his first day back at training camp and did not return to the practice field in pads until Saturday, but then suffered yet another setback and did not practice Sunday.

The Panthers were banking on the rookie to evolve into their starting right guard, especially after cutting veteran Geoff Hangartner at camp. Garry Williams won the role in training camp, but depth along the offensive line is Rivera's biggest concern going into the season.

Carolina waived/injured WR Joe Adams and DT Frank Kearse while placing RB Jonathan Stewart on PUP. The Panthers now have 75 players on their active roster, meeting the 4 p.m. league deadline.

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on August 27, 2013 at 03:55 PM | Permalink


WTF? His tweaks are so bad that he's on IR before the season even starts?

Posted by: millz | Aug 27, 2013 4:06:34 PM

Jeff Otah anyone?

Posted by: B | Aug 27, 2013 4:07:03 PM

Starting to wonder if Gettleman has anymore clue as to constructing a team as Hurney. Could have had this guy in 7th round, and burns a 4th round on him. Barrett Jones would look pretty good in Carolina right now.

I am so down on this team right now. The line was a problem going into the off-season and remained that way the whole time. Gettleman knew it was in bad shape and did nothing. Byron Bell has sucked for three years and they have never attempted to replace him. This team is looking at another 6-10 season. It is terrible that Richardson has let this happen. He held onto Hurney for four seasons too long, and turns around and hires another bum that could not even get promoted in all of his years in NY, and was actually demoted two years ago.

Posted by: Steven | Aug 27, 2013 4:15:36 PM

Hopefully now we'll keep running Deangleo as with no lead blocker for no gain 15 times a game.

Posted by: Gerbs | Aug 27, 2013 4:17:22 PM

I am with you Steven. I am highly unimpressed by the offseason we had. Now another draft pick wasted. Gettlemen badly reached on this 4th rounder with a 7 round grade and he deserves the responsibility.
We are weaker then we were last year.
Gettlemen should be shown the door with Rivera if we have a losing season this year. I do understand he came in a tough spot but he had a horrible draft (outside of Starr) and his offseason picks of 2nd and 3rd tier players does nothing for us.
One final insult, we could have signed Travelle weeks ago so he would have his repetitions in and gel with the other OL. But no, el cheapo had to wait until we wasted the whole preseason.
I hope to god I am wrong but this has been a very disappointing offseason.

Posted by: Rob K | Aug 27, 2013 4:21:15 PM

Well, if we wanted a player to put on the shelf for a year before we could see them play, we could have picked Marcus Lattimore with this pick.

Posted by: authority on everything | Aug 27, 2013 4:24:03 PM

So much negativity on here. Building a winning franchise takes years. G-man isn't able to fix all areas of the Panthers team. He has fixed the front seven. I'm sure he will focus on fixing the secondary and O-line next season. He can only do so much with a financial mess. I still see Carolina contending. Remember last year their oline was playing well without the services of Ryan Kalil. They'll figure it out just give it some time.

Posted by: TK | Aug 27, 2013 4:42:53 PM

Quit bitchin!!! They will sign another veteran to pick up the slack. Wharton doesn't need much time to gel with a tackle and center he played between for years. Its not crucial. They have good playmakers, and now maybe Deangelo will get more than 3 or 4 carries a game. Tolbert will be back, he will block as well. You so called "FANS" spend too much time complaining and bashing this team from top to bottom about what happened in Preseason so far. Get a life, and get behind the team istead of tearing them down, or choose another damn team Bangwagoneers!!!

Posted by: Glenn | Aug 27, 2013 4:45:02 PM

Yes whats up with all the negative energy fellas!!!! Its JUST PRESEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEASON!!!!!!

Posted by: The Three Degrees | Aug 27, 2013 4:47:04 PM

Well stated Glen.

Posted by: Matt | Aug 27, 2013 4:52:27 PM

Anyone on the line who isn't named Jordan, Byron, Garry, Amini, Ryan or Travelle better produce big time on Saturday - or find start perusing Careerbuilder ASAP. After the aforementioned group, everyone else can be instantly upgraded upon once other teams finalize cuts.

Scary that our best option may be someone's castaway...

Posted by: Robert T | Aug 27, 2013 4:57:23 PM

Robert, it'd be pretty hard to downgrade from Byron or Garry...

Just sayin'.

Posted by: Nick | Aug 27, 2013 5:50:58 PM

Otah 2.0

Posted by: John G | Aug 27, 2013 5:51:40 PM

But Otah could play, he just didn't want to. With Big Ku it may likely be the other way around.

Posted by: Nick | Aug 27, 2013 6:06:24 PM

Seriously? This whole building through the draft philosophy isn't working. Just look at all the cuts we are making. They are all the guys we drafted in the last few years or they are going on IR. Next year, get some decent Free Agency help before the draft! Then go get the best players available

Posted by: dennis | Aug 27, 2013 6:25:53 PM

Here they go again,all those people who call themselves Panther fans throwing the team and management under the bus. As for the Kugbila pick stop your crying,if any of you know how to do a better job than Gettlemen, apply for the manager position, but that want happen, because if any of you knew anything about managing a pro football team you would be working for the NFL somewhere. If you guys can see beyond your nose,Gettlemen will address the o-line and if you don't think he knows that he has too fix the o-line, well, you all are dumb as you sound.

Posted by: officer jim | Aug 27, 2013 6:36:22 PM

Barrett Jones has been placed on the NFI (non-football injury) so he would not have helped much.

Posted by: John | Aug 27, 2013 7:05:02 PM

you can't call him jeff otah. jeff otah was an absolute beast for 2 years. this dude hasn't even made the active 53 for a single game yet.

this is no different than a red shirt for the guy. jury's still out if he was worth a 4th rounder or not.

if ANYTHING, he's brandon hogan pt 2.

Posted by: charlottean | Aug 27, 2013 7:05:43 PM

Fun Fact: In Swahili, the word "kugbila" means "perennially-injured reach". The scouts should have known that.

Posted by: Original Panther Dan | Aug 27, 2013 8:34:54 PM

The scouts were right about the Kugbila pick in the 4th round of the draft and he had BUST written all over him but Gettleman wasted a pick on this guy that he could not afford to with only five picks. I have said it before and I will say it again...KUGBILA IS A BUST and was a low round pick at best. You can't win them all and Gettleman really whiffed with this pick even though the scouts were dead set against it. You can't build a team with busts, fourth round or not. Figure it out. The O Line still needs a lot more work. Its up to Gettleman and Rivera now to get their act together and get the job done.

Posted by: Whitecomet77 | Aug 28, 2013 12:20:02 AM

It is sad that our 4th round pick didn't pan out this year. 4th round picks through 7th round picks rarely start. He could have filled a need. That said. I see their plan of attack. Let him heal, learn the system and be 100% next year. I think it was a good decision. It has nagged him since OTA. I hope and pray he doesn't turn into Otah but at least we didn't burn a 1st round pick on him.

Just drop the sky is falling attitude. We'll address his spot when they have final cuts. Someone decent will be available.

Posted by: David R | Aug 28, 2013 3:44:27 AM

The guy plays 4 years of college football and all of a sudden this happens when he turns pro. Out for the season before it even begins. This is insane. I'm turning over in my grave. What a bunch of wimps playin these days.

Posted by: Vince Lombardi | Aug 28, 2013 9:35:26 AM

such a heart warming story, him winning the lottery to come to the USA, going to college, and then busting in the pros. sigh.

Posted by: big gulps | Aug 28, 2013 9:47:22 AM

Oh no, a 4th round pick that hasn't panned out so far! This is the first time something like this has happened in the history of the NFL! You never see something like this happen to the Patriot's or the Packers! I'm sure we'll go 0-16 this year so let's fire the whole front office and seize the team from Jerry because we don't know who is going to play guard......relax people the sky isn't falling. Maybe we should see what Gettlemen can do before calling for his head after just a few months on the job.

Posted by: Panther Joe | Aug 28, 2013 11:15:15 AM

It's not so much panic or a need to relax. It is frustration. The Panthers had other options available when Kugbila was picked. But instead, they chose to reach for a player that could have been there in later rounds. Not only that, but he's injured. He has had no pro reps what so ever.

Not only that, but Gettlemen has made some iffy decisions. Cutting healthy players, bringing in "his guys" who have turned out injured, not getting any protection or help for his franchise QB, reaching for Kug, etc.

Posted by: D.W.G. | Aug 29, 2013 7:39:04 AM

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