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September 19, 2013

Dwan Edwards' status in doubt, Rivera names starting safeties

Friday's practice will be telling, but following Thursday's practice, Panthers coach Ron Rivera expressed concern about the status of defensive tackle Dwan Edwards for Sunday's game.

Edwards has been nursing a hamstring injury since the preseason and has not participated in practice this week.

"He’s a veteran guy, he’s an older guy and this has been a nagging thing," Rivera said. "Sitting there trying to see how he feels today and he was limited as far as getting out there and running around. He was at the walk-through and all that. But what you’re hoping for if he gets up and runs around and he tells you it doesn’t grab then you feel good about it. So we’ll see how he is tomorrow."

Rivera also named undrafted rookie Robert Lester the starting strong safety Sunday. Lester had been on the practice squad until Tuesday, when he was brought to the 53-man roster following Charles Godfrey (Achilles) going to the injured reserve.

He will start opposite Mike Mitchell at free safety. Rivera did not say who would start at cornerbacks, with Josh Thomas (concussion) still needing clearance from the doctor and veteran Drayton Florence having practiced just once since re-signing with the team Thursday.

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on September 19, 2013 at 03:36 PM | Permalink

Comments

Panthers are the laughing stock of the NFL!

Posted by: DFERE | Sep 19, 2013 4:14:29 PM

Eli may match his big brother's first week performance. I will not predict a score, but I will predict that the stadium is 2/3 empty by the start of the 4th quarter.

Posted by: ShoNuff | Sep 19, 2013 4:19:32 PM

Hey dfere, your Mama tried to call, but her mouth was full!

Posted by: Dfere | Sep 19, 2013 4:19:36 PM

haha yess they are lol

Posted by: Mattyice4president | Sep 19, 2013 4:19:51 PM

As bad as it may seem, it could be worse. Case in point- Cleveland. Remember when that clown of a coach use to coach here? Now if we can get the rest of the circus out and add a staff that can coach- then perhaps we can escape the stigma of being choke artist.

Posted by: JD | Sep 19, 2013 4:28:53 PM

@DFERE - the Jaguars, Browns and Jets beg to differ.

Posted by: Marty Hurney | Sep 19, 2013 4:29:52 PM

Hey don't be surprised if Robert Lester picks Eli off. He had good ball skills and he's a very smart player. If Greg Hardy wakes up I will guarantee a two pick game for Eli and the panther sneak by the GAINTS. My guess on the Score if Hardy wakes up (Panthers 27 Gaints 21). If not GAINTS 31 PANTHERS 17

Posted by: Gee | Sep 19, 2013 4:33:46 PM

Stadium want be that empty, I am sure Panthers fans already have sold their tickets to Giants fans. Watch Seattle a true home field.

Posted by: steve | Sep 19, 2013 4:36:18 PM

as all giants fans have been pointing out.....they starter 0-2 and won the superbowl.

Posted by: charlottean | Sep 19, 2013 4:38:53 PM

Last Sunday, I felt despair. And maybe I am just someone who, like Charlie Brown kicking the ball with Lucy, keeps being fooled over and over again. HOWEVER, I like bringing Lester and Florence back (esp Florence, who provides veteran experience), I thought they did a good job in the preseason, and at that time I wished they didn't have to be cut. Yes, I wish we still had Godfrey, but do we really think that these two are that much worse than what we had before? It's still going to come down to the front seven, and in that case the Dwan Edwards situation may be more problematic than the backfield. Time to see how Lotulolei and Short look together...

Posted by: Scott Walters | Sep 19, 2013 4:48:35 PM

Does anyone have Jon Gruden's phone number?

Posted by: Jerry Richardson | Sep 19, 2013 5:25:46 PM

Gruden lol. "Chucky" didn't do squat in TB. He inherited a solid Dungy team. I'm amazed people actually thought he was a good coach.

I'm tired of these recycled NFL coaches. Philly, Seattle, San Fran, did the right thing by going with fresh young college coaches to awaken this boring league. Get Sumlin on the phone if your trying to get a coach here.

Posted by: D.W.G. | Sep 19, 2013 6:01:31 PM

^^^ while I agree about the team that dungy built winning the superbowl.....gruden ultimately made the calls that year.

gruden IS a really good football coach and wayyyy better than rivera. but there are obviously better coaches than gruden as well. I don't think there's a better fit for the job outside of jack del rio.

gruden would probably take the job just because steve smith is on the roster.

Posted by: charlottean | Sep 19, 2013 6:19:38 PM

Yeah Charlottean but the Panthers wont win a SB this year!

Posted by: The Three Degrees | Sep 19, 2013 6:33:35 PM

Lester is going to surpise you guys... His issue is he didn't have a great combine - but he has great "instincts" and football knowledege that compensates for his lack of speed. I suspect he will get burned a couple times but will also make some plays - i expect a pick from him Sunday

Posted by: Dom | Sep 19, 2013 6:42:19 PM

How about we go one step further and have a New Head Coach named by Sunday?

Well, why doesn't Coach Rivera try Armanti Edwards as a Defensive Back? He's already proven he cannot play the receiver position in the NFL, so if you're fixed on keep him on the roster, find a new position for him. Armanti, when a pass is thrown to you, a receiver goes forward, towards the ball, so the d-back cannot step in front of him and intercept the pass. You stand there, legs of stone, and wait for the pass to come to you...which only further verifies that you have no clue or natural ability to play wide receiver.
Rivera has proven, by this failed experiment alone, that he is not cut out to be a NFL Head Coach.

Posted by: No More Seatcushions! | Sep 19, 2013 6:44:03 PM

Charlottean...you still babbling about? Please, what idiotic remark do you have left for us?
Perhaps you think the Panthers are going to make the playoffs in 2013?

Maybe you believe the Bobcats will finish with a .500 record, too.

Gruden earns $3 mil per with ESPN. Further, Jerry Richardson would never hire him. Jack Del Rio is too demonstrative for Ol' Jerry, so you certainly don't know the Panthers Owner. A more probable fit, one who is quieter, would be Lovie Smith. Think low profile, not out to cause attention to himself, and would never lose his temper in front of the media.

Charlottean,h ow about you shove your head in a toilet and flush? Dude, you don't know the first thing about sports...and you never did.

Posted by: No More Seatcushions! | Sep 19, 2013 6:52:26 PM

Charlottean...you still babbling about? Please, what idiotic remark do you have left for us?
Perhaps you think the Panthers are going to make the playoffs in 2013?

Maybe you believe the Bobcats will finish with a .500 record, too.

Gruden earns $3 mil per with ESPN. Further, Jerry Richardson would never hire him. Jack Del Rio is too demonstrative for Ol' Jerry, so you certainly don't know the Panthers Owner. A more probable fit, one who is quieter, would be Lovie Smith. Think low profile, not out to cause attention to himself, and would never lose his temper in front of the media.

Charlottean,h ow about you shove your head in a toilet and flush? Dude, you don't know the first thing about sports...and you never did.

Posted by: No More Seatcushions! | Sep 19, 2013 6:52:26 PM

Lester cant be any worse than the effort we had from Nakamura last year. Colin Jones might do fairly well too.

If we lose on Sunday, I hope JR pulls the trigger and fires Rivera. At this point it doesnt matter who coaches the team - a painted rock with a fake nose and glasses is better than Rivera.

Posted by: manu4t | Sep 19, 2013 6:54:50 PM

I don't think Love Smith is the right guy for the job. He'd be no different from Rivera except he'd probably be more aggressive on offense. Sure he may bring us more wins, but let's remember that it's the bears defense that Smith favored. I don't think he'd fix our problems on offense.

My personal choice for head coach is Jay Gruden. He's done wonders with Cincinnati's offense over the past few seasons and made them a playoff staple. With someone like Jay at the helm, he would lead towards that foot on the neck style offense and would rally for that big time receiver out of the draft. I love Smitty, but it's time for him to become the number two receiver as we bring in that AJ Greene that we desperately need. Scott Mcdermott can handle the defense well enough.

Posted by: Joe Darque | Sep 19, 2013 7:27:32 PM

Don't rule out the front 7 helping the secondary out. The game will slow down after the likes of wilson and Manuel. Eli may be the statue of liberty for them come sunday. Expect the offense to do well as every week Newton and Ginn get further on the same page.

Posted by: George T | Sep 19, 2013 7:45:54 PM

I don't know why I have a funny feeling that the Panthers will win Sunday. Whenever you don't expect much from them they surprise you. Part of me wants them to lose so Rivera and Shula may be gone.

Posted by: Wayne | Sep 19, 2013 7:56:13 PM

That little kid was right on the commercial with cam he will be the #1 pick for the panthers

Posted by: Jamal | Sep 19, 2013 9:22:45 PM

why does coach announce the backfield. giants can now get all the film on lester and company and know exactly how to pick them apart. duh

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Posted by: joe | Sep 20, 2013 12:03:25 AM

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