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Panthers lose free agent pickup Ron Edwards with torn triceps

Ryan Vermillion, Ron Rivera, Zack Williams AP

The Panthers entered free agency knowing they needed to grab a veteran to man the fort at defensive tackle.  They chose Ron Edwards, coming off a solid season with the Chiefs.

Just one week after coming to terms with Edwards on a three-year, $8.5 million contract, the Panthers will lose him to a torn triceps muscle, according to Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer. That injury usually knocks a player out for the year.

The Panthers don’t have many options to replace Edwards on the roster. Sione Fua, the team’s third round pick out of Stanford, has to be next to try the “space eater” role. Little-used third-year player Corvey Irvin has been running with the starters while learning coach Ron Rivera’s defense.

At least the Panthers have some time to come up with a solution. We’d be surprised if another veteran isn’t added to the mix.

Edwards’ injury wasn’t the only setback for Carolina on Friday. Sixth-round pick offensive lineman Zack Williams (pictured above) tore his ACL.

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27 Responses to “Panthers lose free agent pickup Ron Edwards with torn triceps”
  1. iamgoodkid says: Aug 5, 2011 9:07 PM

    ouch that hurts ACL

  2. sharkcatcher says: Aug 5, 2011 9:08 PM

    The curse in Detroit lives on

  3. qdog112 says: Aug 5, 2011 9:14 PM

    Those injuries take the winds out of our sails, a bit. Good luck guys. Get well soon.

  4. kepickle says: Aug 5, 2011 9:17 PM

    Kemo Come on down

  5. andyreidisfat says: Aug 5, 2011 9:40 PM

    That sucks. This team was already behind the 8 ball talent wise and then they over payed for players that made up the core of the 2-14 team and now they lose one of the few player they were able to sign. Rough.

    Perhaps Jon Beason for one of the Eagles rookie free agents at tackle =-p lol

  6. iamgoodkid says: Aug 5, 2011 9:46 PM

    the water’s edge

  7. bullethead527 says: Aug 5, 2011 9:48 PM

    man i was praying my team will stay healthy thru training camp and preseason, we need Ron Edwards to fill that hole in are D line.

  8. terrellblowens says: Aug 5, 2011 9:56 PM

    Tough break for a Panthers team that has more talent than many people realize.

    @sharkcatcher

    …Detroit?

  9. gcsuk says: Aug 5, 2011 9:57 PM

    Talk about snakebit. Feel sorry for the Panther fans. Keep the faith, these things turn around.

  10. cheezysmegma says: Aug 5, 2011 9:57 PM

    Hee Har…I wonder how much was guaranteed.

  11. southcakpanther says: Aug 5, 2011 9:59 PM

    again with the injuries? luck just hasn’t been on our side lately.

  12. rexryansdirtysock says: Aug 5, 2011 10:43 PM

    That just sounds painful.

    Wish him luck in his recovery.

  13. tarheelpirate says: Aug 5, 2011 10:47 PM

    Most teams are going to have one or two significant injuries before week 1, but this one to Edwards stings.

  14. bucfandango says: Aug 5, 2011 10:48 PM

    Sorry for the Carolina Fans. This sucks because it can happen to any team, and it does all the time. I hope they get better because the last couple years have been we suck, then they suck. We’re pretty good, now we need them to keep up with the rest of the continuing NFC Slug fest, best division in Football.

  15. bucfandango says: Aug 5, 2011 10:50 PM

    NFC South, best.

    Duh, idiocy at it’s finest

  16. djaehne says: Aug 5, 2011 10:53 PM

    Tough break, he’s good starter.

  17. bleedblue18 says: Aug 5, 2011 10:54 PM

    Bummer for that dude, get well soon. Hopefully he got some of thet 3 yr $8.5 dollar contract guaranteed so at least he will get paid for his pain and suffering.

  18. oldbyrd says: Aug 5, 2011 10:55 PM

    DOES ACL MEAN ALL CASH LOST?

  19. jortizbjj says: Aug 5, 2011 10:57 PM

    Try and trade the G-Men, a 1st round pick, for Osi.

  20. chowface86 says: Aug 5, 2011 11:07 PM

    This will lead to 0-16 season. Idiots.

  21. southcakpanther says: Aug 5, 2011 11:20 PM

    Guy has been injury free for like 4 straight seasons and he lasts 2 padded practices with us.

  22. phillyisinvading says: Aug 5, 2011 11:34 PM

    looks like andrew luck is going to be a Panther.

  23. suckleague says: Aug 5, 2011 11:46 PM

    This is a shame, no doubt.
    But I think I’d be more concerned with the triangle of pain: Clausen, Newton, and yes, now Derek Anderson. Uh, how will that work this year exactly?

  24. canjura says: Aug 6, 2011 12:32 AM

    So, do they get rid of Cam Newton or move him to a new position once they draft Andrew Luck?

  25. kkerns11 says: Aug 6, 2011 7:55 AM

    Injuries are part of the game, as cliche as that sounds. These aren’t going to be our only injuries. All teams will have injuries and all will have to deal with it.

    Go Panthers!!

  26. starderup says: Aug 6, 2011 8:10 AM

    Tough break for the panties.

  27. pantherguy344 says: Aug 6, 2011 8:50 AM

    @ andyreidisfat

    These are also the core players that led them to a division title a couple years ago. Pro bowl talent isnt cheap.

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