The Panthers have already lost three starting offensive linemen as they entered practice on Wednesday with Matt Kalil and Daryl Williams, the starting tackles on each side of the line, on injured reserve already and Jeremiah Sirles released with an injury settlement – add to that the preseason surgery to repair a torn meniscus for depth piece and the OTA leader in the clubhouse to start at left guard Amini Silatolu and the offensive line room is a group of barely-walking wounded.
Add Trai Turner to that list.
After the three-time Pro Bowler came in not feeling well, the Panthers have placed Turner in the concussion protocol – Ron Rivera said that Tyler Larsen, Brendan Mahon and Amini Silatolu have worked in his stead at left guard; Rivera said that there are multiple options on the right side of the line that can step in.
“We’ve got a number of guys that can work the position,” said Rivera. “So we feel pretty confident and comfortable there. We do feel comfortable in the depth we have; we did some things, consciously, in terms of the number of offensive linemen we kept on the roster when we initially set it and so far it’s been one of those things where we’ve been able to pull from those guys.”
“We’ve got a combination of things to go through, and just like last week, we really won’t know where we’re headed until well after Friday.”
CJ Anderson missed practice today but told us in the locker room that he would be fine – the running back was just battling strep throat.
Read the full injury report below:
|Curtis Samuel||Medical Illness||None|
|Greg Olsen||Foot||None||Expect to see this entry on the list for the forseeable future|
|Damiere Byrd||Knee||None||Told us Sunday that he took a helmet to the knee.|