The Carolina Panthers made a roster move on Friday, signing free agent offensive tackle Qasim Mitchell, who was released last week by the Chicago Bears.
The move is interesting in some regards because Mitchell started 14 games at left tackle for the Bears in 2004 and played in 23 overall during his three years with the Bears. However, after the Bears yielded a franchise-record 66 sacks in '04, they replaced Mitchell with free agent Fred Miller. Mitchell played in only four games last year.
Mitchell attempted to resurrect his career this spring when he agreed to play for NFL Europe's Frankfurt Galaxy, where he started three of four games at guard before injuring his knee.
However, he has healed and passed a training camp physical and will join the team for practice today.
--OT Jared Peck was placed on reserve/did not report and has informed the Panthers through his agent that he plans to retire.
--OT Otis Laverette was waived-injured after failing to pass a physical.
--C Justin Hartwig is nursing a hernia injury but should be back on the field this week.
BATTLE OF THE WEEK: Na'il Diggs vs. Keith Adams for starting WLB -- Diggs from Green Bay now appears to have taken over the starting weak side linebacker spot from Adams -- at least for now. In minicamp last month Adams primarily worked with the first team, but on Saturday Diggs opened camp working with the starters. Rookie third-round draft pick James Anderson and Adam Seward are also competing for that starting spot.
OTHER BATTLE FRONTS: Shaun Williams vs. Colin Branch and Nate Salley for starting SS -- Williams is working with the first team and Branch will continue to practice once a day as he continues to battle back from a very serious knee injury last summer.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK: WR Drew Carter has shown his big-play ability early in training camp and he could be a great option for Jake Delhomme. It's conceivable that Carter could average more than 20 yards per catch this season.
ROOKIE REPORT: RE DeAngelo Williams is working as the starting kick returner.
--CB Richard Marshall is currently working as the No. 4 cornerback.
--SS Nate Salley is working as the No. 3 spot behind Shaun Williams and Colin Branch.
--TE Jeff King is lining up some as an H-back for the Panthers.
INJURY REPORT: Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Kris Jenkins tweaked his back on the first practice of training camp on Saturday and did not return to practice. However, he isn't expected to miss a large amount of much time.
The Panthers are getting used to seeing Jenkins on the sidelines.
A former two-time All-Pro, Jenkins has missed 27 of team's last 32 regular season games due to injury, including 15 last season with a torn ACL in his knee. At first it appeared Jenkins re-injured his surgically repaired knee on Saturday, but it turned out to be back spasms.
"It's like anytime he keels over everyone is kind of holding their breath," said guard Mike Wahle. "But I think he's fine."
In other injury news, the Panthers were without starting center Justin Hartwig (hernia) to start camp and defensive tackle Kindal Moorehead (knee). Safety Colin Branch (knee) is practicing only once on two-a-days.
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