There may have been a tussle among the Carolina Panthers in the early session Wednesday but it seems that everybody kissed shook hands and made up in time for the afternoon session.
Looks like the Panthers have been spared the worse regarding the left knee injury suffered by defensive tackle Ian Scott.
According to a source close to the situation, Scott suffered a sprain to his medial collateral ligament and will miss a couple of weeks, but should be ready to return to practice by mid-August.
Scott was hurt during Wednesday morning’s practice when a teammate rolled up on his leg. Scott was on the ground for several minutes while the team’s medical/training staff attended to him. — Charlotte Observer
It’s a good news and bad news thing. We’ll need depth, which is why Scott was brought in in the first place. Without him, the team might be looking for a replacement soon. He was seen on crutches Wednesday and was carted around a bit. This isn’t a good thing no matter how much chance he had of starting.
Rhys Lloyd, who is trying to make the team as the kicker on kickoffs, put his leg on display during a practice-ending drill. He didn’t disappoint, kicking three straight bombs that easily sailed through the end zone (his first kick was a knuckler that landed at the 10). Kickoffs were a Panthers’ weakness last season when John Kasay was seldom able to kick it into the end zone for a touchback.
We’ll have a running team so field position will be critical. Touchbacks will be nice to see for a change. We love ya’, Kasay, but we need teams pinned at least as far back as their 20.
DEPTH CHART WATCH: Keydrick Vincent continued to work as the first team right guard ahead of Toniu Fonoti on Wednesday, the third straight day that happened… Meanwhile, Landon Johnson seems to be getting more reps with the starters at strong side linebacker ahead of Na’il Diggs. — Gaston Gazette
Interesting! We sort of figured that Vincent and Fonoti would be switching off in the starting lineup but for Landon Johnson to be ahead of Diggs at all is big news! Could a shakeup be in store with Thomas Davis moving and Diggs moved to second string? This just got interesting. Maybe they’re just letting him get in some reps just in case but time will tell.
PLAY OF THE DAY: DeAngelo Williams showed his speed and quickness when he took a handoff from Jake Delhomme and fired through a hole untouched and raced for a would-be 60-yard touchdown. Williams continues to hold the starting job and looks impressive in camp despite the presence of Jonathan Stewart.
Another battle to keep an eye on. I’ve been hearing a lot of feedback from people mad at Brian Miller and what he has had to say on the podcast. Well, maybe it’s not Stewart’s job just yet after all.
THEY SAID IT: “Me and Steve, we don’t have issues with each other. We have a great relationship. If I have a question, he definitely answers it and he tries to help me out. He’s more willing for me to come to him and ask him, which is cool. Our relationship is great. We have no conflicts. We work hard together. If there’s something different I can do on the field, he definitely lets me know and tries to help me out.”
–Dwayne Jarrett on if it’s important to develop a relationship with veteran Steve Smith
Now, pick his brain for all it’s worth, kid. You’re going to need all the knowledge you can get.