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Panthers could go guard-by-committee

Ron Rivera, Cam Newton AP

The Panthers cut their projected starting right guard a week into training camp, and their projected starter at left guard’s hurt.

So going into Sunday’s opener against the Seahawks, the Panthers are looking at a guard-by committee situation.

According to David Newton of ESPN.com, Amini Silatolu was not practicing Friday and remains a long shot to play Sunday because of a hamstring strain, leaving journeyman Chris Scott working with the starters at left guard.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said veteran Travelle Wharton would likely rotate in with Scott on what is the stable side of the Panthers line, between veteran tackle Jordan Gross and center Ryan Kalil. They’ve downplayed the issue with the right side, but tackle Byron Bell and replacement guard Garry Williams weren’t good through the preseason.

That’s not necessarily good news for a team that needs to find some run-pass balance, as well as some left-right equity. Wharton probably needs some time to get caught up from a conditioning standpoint after signing following training camp, and the sooner he’s up to speed, the better for Cam Newton and the rest of the offense.

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8 Responses to “Panthers could go guard-by-committee”
  1. determineflksmakeit says: Sep 6, 2013 12:07 PM

    As the saying goes…if you have a guard-by-committee, then…

  2. cguy7 says: Sep 6, 2013 12:17 PM

    Definitely Chud’s fault because he was auditioning for the Browns gig. Panthers run D looked good in the preseason, but if they can’t run the ball…

  3. baselman1974 says: Sep 6, 2013 12:21 PM

    Guard-by-committee=Turnstyle. Cam get your legs ready.

  4. nfloracle says: Sep 6, 2013 12:24 PM

    Without veteran or quality protection, Cam better bring several white towels with him to the game because he’s going to need them after getting battered and clobbered this Sunday.

  5. riderspantherssk says: Sep 6, 2013 12:28 PM

    Rivera and Gettleman have been downplaying the issues with the right side of the line since July despite their obvious struggles. If Silatolu doesn’t come back healthy and play much better than last year, Cam will be the most hit QB in the league again this year.

  6. truthfactory says: Sep 6, 2013 12:40 PM

    Great- now I dont know who to start at guard this week on my fantasy team.

  7. chiadam says: Sep 6, 2013 12:53 PM

    What could go wrong??

    Oh, right…

  8. noisyboysken says: Sep 6, 2013 1:41 PM

    R.I.P. Carolina

    I’d just like to see who came up with 3.5 points for the ‘hawks.’

    After all, there’s a good chance Seattle will be playing their starters for a least a couple of quarters…

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