The Carolina Panthers' made a move a tight end on Friday by placing Richie Brockel on IR with a hamstring injury and signed Scott Simonson from their practice squad, according to the team website. This is the second consecutive season that Brockel has seen his season end prematurely due to injury after he suffered an ankle injury four games into the 2014 season.
Brockel joined the Panthers prior to the 2010 season as an undrafted free agent and has caught four receptions for 25 yards in his career. He has primarily been on the team though for his blocking and his play on special teams.
This move may not be a big surprise as the Panthers worked out tight end/fullback James Casey earlier in the week. However, the Panthers' organization decided to stay in house to find his replacement, bringing up Simonson from the practice squad. The Panthers brought Simonson in during training camp after he was cut by the Oakland Raiders. He saw a decent amount of snaps during preseason and finished with six receptions for 50 yards but was cut during one of the final round of cuts.
He did get brought back though and has spent the first six weeks of the season on the team's practice squad. Even though he was signed to the 53-man roster, it would be surprising to see him on the active roster Sunday night against the Philadelphia Eagles.