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Bruce Campbell needs rotator cuff surgery

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The Panthers had offensive line issues entering camp, and it hasn’t gotten any better.

According to Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer, backup tackle Bruce Campbell will need surgery to repair a rotator cuff injury. Coach Ron Rivera was unsure if it would be season ending.

Campbell was their backup left tackle, and there’s not another one in camp with any measurable experience. This is also the team that entered camp hoping for a competition at right guard between Geoff Hangartner and Edmund Kugbila, only to see Hangartner released after a week and Kugbila unable to get off the exercise bike.

Then there’s right tackle Byron Bell, who isn’t terribly good to begin with.

The confluence of events should steer them toward free agent Travelle Wharton, who spent most of his career with the Panthers and can play both guard and tackle. But he didn’t seem interested in playing for what they were offering (i.e. near the minimum) when he visited after being cut by the Bengals.

That offer might have just gotten a bit better.

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17 Responses to “Bruce Campbell needs rotator cuff surgery”
  1. justanotherdummy says: Aug 12, 2013 5:16 PM

    Call the Eagles, they have a former 1st round draft pick who could use a change of scenery. Danny Watkins would be available for a really late round draft pick and might get it turned around with a fresh start.

  2. anicra says: Aug 12, 2013 5:18 PM

    Wonder if Bruce has ever been called Ash or Autolycus…

  3. stoneydog1000 says: Aug 12, 2013 5:20 PM

    Evil Dead 4!!

  4. dwarftosser says: Aug 12, 2013 5:26 PM

    He can just replace his arm with a chainsaw…

  5. shaggytoodle says: Aug 12, 2013 5:27 PM

    Probably from carrying that chainsaw that’s attached to his arm.

  6. whereyaat says: Aug 12, 2013 5:31 PM

    Now that they’re cancelling Burn Notice, how is Bruce supposed to earn a living?

  7. seahawks4alltime says: Aug 12, 2013 5:32 PM

    Gimme some sugar, baby.

  8. sndmn331 says: Aug 12, 2013 5:50 PM

    lol, yeah for a second there I thought they meant the actor.

  9. randomcommenter says: Aug 12, 2013 6:37 PM

    Groovy

  10. u4iadman says: Aug 12, 2013 6:45 PM

    Good move by Raiders new regime….didnt work out in Oakland. Wish him well.

  11. demolition510 says: Aug 12, 2013 6:47 PM

    At least oakland got to use Goodson for a year.

  12. followme2boston says: Aug 12, 2013 6:47 PM

    The king of B movies has a torn rotator cuff?! Terrible news. Only reason I watch Burn Notice, is for my man Ash.

  13. pilot2011 says: Aug 12, 2013 7:32 PM

    kind of an unnecessary dig at Bryon Bell don’t ya think DG? He has progressed pretty nicely over the last 2 years. I really think he will be a good right tackle.

  14. comatrip1 says: Aug 12, 2013 7:34 PM

    Groov…… dah! ‘randomcommenter’ beat me to it!

  15. rayguyreturns says: Aug 12, 2013 7:45 PM

    If he was the best backup they had, things must have really been grim before this.
    The dude has a leverage issue and stands too tall. Any shorter D lineman will leverage him into the backfield every time.

  16. kd75 says: Aug 12, 2013 7:48 PM

    Ash will just stick a chainsaw on his arm and tear through the defensive line…

    Nice Burn Notice reference whereyaat. Beat me to it.

    I <3 Gabrielle Anwar.

  17. godofwine330 says: Aug 12, 2013 9:03 PM

    is it Bruce Campbell that Officer tackle that came out of college with up ” body like Tarzan” but plays like Jane thing? I think I remember him from the combine a few years ago

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