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Carolina Panthers Have Four Players Sit out Practice on Friday

The Carolina Panthers welcomed back two more players to practice on Friday but still have four players who sat out practice ahead of Monday night's game against the Indianapolis Colts

Name Position Injury Status
Mario Addison DE Shoulder Did Not Practice
Thomas Davis LB Non-Injury Full Participant
Dwan Edwards DT Ankle Did Not Practice
Ryan Kalil C Ankle Did Not Practice
Shaq Thompson LB Knee Did Not Practice
Mike Tolbert FB Non-Injury Full Participant
Daryl Williams OT Knee Full Participant

*Injury statuses courtesy of Panthers.com

Notes

  • The Carolina Panthers welcomed back Thomas Davis and Mike Tolbert to practice on Friday after both were excused to attend the funeral of one of Tolbert's relatives. Ron Rivera mentioned this during his press conference on Friday and talked about the fact that the organization changed their stance on this situation after criticism in the offseason from DeAngelo Williams. Rivera said in reference to the new policy, "We have made our mistakes and we have learned and grown from it."
  • The biggest concern for this time lies with center Ryan Kalil, who did not practice for the second consecutive day due to an ankle injury. He did work on the side and Rivera got some encouragement from his work today. If Kalil misses the game, this would be the first game one of the starters along the offensive line. In Week 1, there was some question about whether Kalil could play a full game due to an injury suffered in the preseason. At the time, the team had the plan to move Mike Remmers inside to center and have rookie Daryl Williams spend some time at right tackle. If Kalil is not able to go, I would expect Fernando Velasco to get the start, who wasn't on the roster at the beginning of the season.
  • The chances the other three players who did not practice (Mario AddisonDwan Edwards and Shaq Thompson) on Friday seems unlikely, even with the extra day to recover this week. At this point, the Panthers have the depth to fill in for these players and there really isn't any reason to push them if they aren't fully recovered. 

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