Newly signed defensive tackle, Ron Edwards has seen his first season with the Carolina Panthers end abruptly. According to reports, Edwards has suffered a significant triceps tear that will likely land him on the I.R.
Edwards signed a three year contract with the Panthers this offseason after spending the last five years with the Kansas City Chiefs. In four out of the past five seasons, Edwards appeared in all sixteen games which highlighted his durability.
At 6’3, 315 lbs, Edwards was expected to start at the nose tackle position for Carolina and to provide a much needed veteran presence at the defensive tackle position.
The loss of Edwards will almost certainly require the Panthers to sign another veteran defensive tackle to help bolster a line that is made up mainly of younger players including two newly drafted rookies, Terrell McClain and Sione Fua.
More than likely, the Panthers may have to wait a couple of days before finding Edwards’ replacement as teams are expected to start trimming down their roster. One possible name to keep in mind is former Carolina Panther, Ma’ake Kemoeatu. The Washington Redskins released the 6’5, 345 lb Kemoeatu on July 28th. Kemoeatu would fill the same space-eating role that Edwards was expected to occupy.
Another veteran option could be former San Diego Charger nose tackle, Jamal Williams who spent time working under Carolina Head Coach, Ron Rivera. Williams spent 2010 with the Denver Broncos but was released following the hire of John Fox who has converted the team’s defense to a 4-3 base.
Edwards was not the only casualty the Panthers have suffered. Rookie offensive lineman, Zack Williams has also been lost for the season after suffering a torn ACL.
We’ll keep you updated on the latest developments surrounding these two injuries as well as possible players the Panthers may target to add to the roster.