It seems like a game of musical chairs for the Carolina Panthers over the past week. After releasing defensive end Wes Horton last week to bring up offensive tackle David Foucalt, the team re-signed Horton on Tuesday and released Foucault.
The move made sense because the Panthers' were desperate for depth at offensive tackle going into Week 4 with Amini Silatolu ruled out with an injury and Daryl Williams still out from his knee injury suffered in Week 1.
The team only had two healthy offensive tackles on the roster, which were the starters Michael Oher and Mike Remmers. It was important that there was at least one more healthy tackle if the need arised.
The fact that the Panthers released Foucault could be an indication that the team is confident that Silatolu and even Williams will be healthy after the bye week. The time table for Williams was four to six weeks and a return next week would be right in line with that timeline.
Meanwhile, Horton has played 58 snaps over the first three games and even started Week 3 agaisnt the New Orleans Saints. Pro Football Focus rated Horton as the team's second best defensive end against the run, behind only Charles Johnson. This is going to be important as the team face the Seattle Seahawks, that is one of the best running offenses in the league.