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November 14, 2013

Tolbert takes a daddy day, Gross takes veteran day off from practice

Two Panthers starters missed practice Thursday for non-football related reasons.

Fullback Mike Tolbert was absent Thursday after his wife gave birth to their child on Thursday morning. Panthers coach Ron Rivera said the mother and child are healthy.

Left tackle Jordan Gross took a veteran day off and spent the portion of practice open to the media on the exercise bike. He's expected to play Monday.

Linebacker Chase Blackburn (foot), tight end Ben Hartsock (knee) and guard Chris Scott (knee) did not participate in practice. Blackburn has struggled with the foot injury for two weeks, and he played seven special teams snaps Sunday against San Francisco before re-aggravating the injury.

"Saturday will be the big day because we get the extra day," Rivera said of Blackburn's availability for Monday night's game against New England. "Hopefully we’ll see him out there."

Defensive tackle Dwan Edwards was limited in practice as the veteran is still taking it easy with a hamstring injury that sidelined him for more than a month earlier this year. Rivera said Edwards took the reps he was supposed to Thursday.

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on November 14, 2013 at 04:08 PM | Permalink


I was in San Fran on the field before the game on Sunday. Sat right there and watched Tolbert by himself, bobbing his head to music and just put himself in total work/beast mode. Rest of the RBs came down to do their drills. Business...then hype (dancing), then just all out rage. It was awesome to watch it progress in person, 10 ft away and thinking - this IS what it's all about. Then he went out there and leveled Reed; scary, but you just knew someone was going to take all of it. That man puts it on the line for his family and us as fans. That's a BIG dude; especially running downhill. Thanks for the memory.

Posted by: Kevin | Nov 15, 2013 11:58:43 AM

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