4 big takeaways from first day of media at Panthers’ camp

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Russell Okung’s injury

Russell Okung left practice early to hit the pool and take some pressure of his troublesome back that has caused him issues for some time. Although this was normal according to the Carolina Panthers, it was a further indication of just how precarious a situation they have with their left tackle.

Trading away perennial Pro Bowl guard Trai Turner to get Okung from the Los Angeles Chargers did appear one of the more bizarre moves at the time. The player missed ten games in 2019 due to a pulmonary embolism caused by blood clots. And it remains to be seen whether he can play a 16-game season with no bye until Week 13.

The Panthers are counting on Okung to prove Teddy Bridgewater with adequate blindside protection to get the most out of this offense. Greg Little and Dennis Daley are not ready to slot in at tackle if last season’s performances are any indication. And things could turn sour quickly if the Super Bowl winner is forced to miss an extended period.

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This might just be some run of the mill recovery. But it is a situation worth keeping a close eye on. The retirement rumors surrounding Okung did not do this situation any favors. And this is a real concern for the organization that could have a severe impact on their chances in 2020.