The Carolina Panthers are going to be a little thinner at offensive tackle through the first quarter of the season. According to Charlotte Observers’ Jonathan Jones, rookie offensive tackle Daryl Williams will be out through the bye week as he recovers from a sprained MCL.
The former Oklahoma Sooner suffered the injury on one the team’s field goal attempts in the first half. Williams described the play as “Three guys tried to bull (rush) me back. And literally right when the ball was kicked, and I went (to stand up), a guy just fell into the back of my knees. It was just bad luck.”
It is certainly bad luck as Williams showed a great deal of promise in the preseason and he was expected to see some playing time at right tackle against the Jaguars. The plan was going to be to slide Mike Remmers inside to center to spell Ryan Kalil. Well, with Nate Chandler already ruled out for Week 1 and Williams going down with the injury, the Panthers really didn’t have much of a choice and Kalil played the entire game.
The Panthers may be lucky in the fact that they do have an early bye week so Williams would only potentially miss three games and be ready to go Week 6 against the Seattle Seahawks.
In the meantime, as Jones notes, expect the Panthers to give guard Amini Silatolu practice time at the tackle position. Last year, Silatolu was in consideration to replace Nate Chandler at right tackle but was dealing with a knee injury of his own that forced him to sit out. The Panthers decided to go with Remmers, who has shown to be a pretty good right tackle.
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