Examining impact of each Panthers player on COVID-19 list
By Dean Jones
Bruce Hector – Carolina Panthers DT
This is another player that won’t really impact things too much. Bruce Hector has been part of the practice squad this season after impressing during a tryout and even though he hasn’t seen any game time with the 53-man roster, the defensive tackle might just get another chance to prove himself at training camp next year.
Ishmael Hyman – Carolina Panthers WR
Ironically, this might have been a chance for Ishmael Hyman to be activated to the roster had he not also found himself on the reserve/COVID-19 list. The wide receiver didn’t quite do enough to earn this distinction at camp but was kept around by the Carolina Panthers, but in terms of this scenario, it is nothing more than an irrelevance regarding the team.
Greg Little – Carolina Panthers OT
This is yet another bump in the road for Greg Little, who looks to be fighting a losing battle to prove he was worthy of the second-round pick the Panthers allocated on him in 2019.
The offensive tackle has found life difficult in terms of integrating himself onto the rotation, with Carolina failing to show the necessary confidence in the sophomore despite veteran Pro Bowler Russell Okung spending considerable time on the sidelines through injury.
If Little was hoping for more time on the field between now and the end of the campaign, then this is a significant dent in his plans. He is in real danger of being slapped with the dreaded NFL Draft bust tag and it is going to take a monumental effort to impress a coaching staff that wasn’t around when his name was called.