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November 04, 2013

Panthers bringing back Hangartner

The Panthers are turning to a familiar figure to help fill their offensive line void following injuries to guards Chris Scott and Jeff Byers in Sunday's win against Atlanta.

Veteran guard/center Geoff Hangartner is scheduled to fly to Charlotte on Tuesday to take a physical with the Panthers, a source close to Hangartner said Monday.

If Hangartner passes the physical, he'll sign with the team.

It would be Hangartner's third stint with the Panthers, who cut him during the first week of training camp.

Hangartner, who has been living in Texas, started 12 games last season -- four at guard and eight at center. He was with the Panthers from 2005-2008 before playing at Buffalo for two seasons.

After the Bills cut him before the 2011 season, Hangartner returned to Charlotte and started every game in 2011.

The Panthers have been hard hit by injuries at guard. Rookie Edmund Kugbila went down with a knee injury in training camp, and opening-game starters Garry Williams and Amini Silatolu both have undergone season-ending knee surgeries.

Scott and Byers went down during the same series in the second quarter against the Falcons.

Scott, who has been the starter at right guard, is day-to-day with a right knee sprain. Byers underwent season-ending Lisfranc surgery on his left foot Monday.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on November 4, 2013 at 07:28 PM | Permalink



Posted by: PantherHead | Nov 4, 2013 7:37:48 PM

LOL! Welcome back, stud. How does a playoff run sound to you?

Posted by: Panther Fan in GA | Nov 4, 2013 7:44:14 PM

OLine Draft sounds nice

Posted by: broderick | Nov 4, 2013 7:50:35 PM

Piggy's back! Feel bad for Byers, but this is kind of a fun silver lining.

Posted by: shoeface10 | Nov 4, 2013 8:06:22 PM

Needed someone who could also be a backup center. Good Move. Hope Geoff has stayed in shape.

Posted by: Ben | Nov 4, 2013 8:08:39 PM

They never should have let him go !

Posted by: nasty704 | Nov 4, 2013 8:31:22 PM

We are going to have to use the entire 2014 NFL Draft on a new O-Line. The way things are going Steve Smith will be lining up at Right Tackle before it is over. Way to win while down though against the Falcons! We are playing as a team and that rocks!

Posted by: dennis | Nov 4, 2013 11:08:13 PM

These are injuries. We have 3 guards coming back from injury next year. So we don't have to spend the "whole draft" on the o-line. However, Jordan Gross is going to be gone and we are probably due for an opine upgrade.

Posted by: GB20 | Nov 4, 2013 11:13:34 PM


Not just injuries, these are almost all knee injuries, on big men who have to use their knees to leverage Defenders. How many of these guys are going to be back at 100% to start the next season? Typically, it's a full year to fully come back and that means only Kugbila would be ready by Game 1.

I think they need to look at drafting for depth if nothing else.

Posted by: John | Nov 5, 2013 9:10:27 AM

At this rate, he's better off not coming here to play guard if he expects to be healthy!

Posted by: Smitty | Nov 5, 2013 9:14:19 AM

I don't think they should have ever let him go

Posted by: Big Rob | Nov 5, 2013 10:13:58 AM

Well it either Hangartner or Incognito.

Posted by: Ghoul | Nov 5, 2013 2:16:56 PM

we have to replace jordan gross (said he was retiring) with our 1st round pick. 2nd round pick, we could use a guard or a linebacker/defensive back.

remember that we have silatolu and hypothetically kugbila and williams coming back next year. makes O-line way less of a need in 2014 than it is right now.

Posted by: charlottean | Nov 5, 2013 4:01:36 PM

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