Panthers: Offensive line injury replacement options
Carolina Panthers options to replace missing pieces up front as the season approaches…
The Carolina Panthers have yet to play single snap of live football action and yet their offensive line has been riddled with injury. Starting tackle Daryl Williams suffered a torn MCL and dislocated patella before left guard Amini Silatolu went down with a torn meniscus.
Both were hoping for good seasons as Williams entered a contract year and Silatolu was replacing All-Pro guard Andrew Norwell. Now, coach Ron Rivera is forced to either dive well into the depth chart or have general manager Marty Hurney look for options elsewhere.
The silver lining to this cloudy situation is that the regular season remains a month away. For those currently on the Panthers roster, they will be given plenty of opportunities to earn a position and anyone immediately signed would be in the same situation.
At tackle, second-year player Taylor Moton is expected to be given a majority of the first-team repetitions but the guard situation is a bit more murky. Once NFL rosters are reduced to 53 on September 1, the Panthers will have an opportunity at grabbing other potential replacements as any of the following could provide a short-term solution.