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Panthers bringing Geoff Hangartner back again


One of the drummers from Spinal Tap has come back to life.

Faced with mounting injuries at right guard, the Panthers are bringing back the guy they cut in training camp who started a ridiculous series of moves at the position.

According to Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer, veteran guard Geoff Hangartner is flying to Charlotte today and will sign with the Panthers if he passes a physical.

Hangartner was released during training camp, ending his second stint with the team (he came back after signing with the Bills as a free agent).

But since he left, right guards Garry Williams and Edmund Kugbila went on injured reserve, along with left guard Amini Silatolu.

Then, recent right guard starter Chris Scott left Sunday’s game with a knee sprain, and backup Jeff Byers suffered a season-ending left foot injury (he had surgery to repair a Lisfranc injury Monday). That left Nate Chandler, who was a defensive tackle last year before being converted to offensive tackle this year to finish the game. Chandler hadn’t played guard in a game before finishing up against the Falcons.

Hangartner has been a perfectly serviceable pro during his career, but they’re clearly scrambling. Their starting left guard is Travelle Wharton, who they brought back after a stint in Cincinnati ended with a knee injury, so they’re clearly getting the band back together.

Todd Steussie, Jeff Mitchell, Matt Willig and Stumpy Joe will doubtless be on their way shortly.

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7 Responses to “Panthers bringing Geoff Hangartner back again”
  1. cpstookcromartiesmanhood3 says: Nov 5, 2013 8:26 AM

    I heard Steven Davis and Dan Morgan have put on some pounds why not throw them in at guard too. Hell, while we’re at it, bring back Frank Garcia. Good to have Piggy back though. Should have been here all along

  2. dublindemonszfl says: Nov 5, 2013 8:36 AM

    Steussie, aaahhhh that would be a good move.

  3. superyooper says: Nov 5, 2013 8:46 AM

    Hell of a week to be having o-line issues. Traveling to SF who has a top 5 front 7…yikes.

  4. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 5, 2013 8:55 AM

    Pete “James” Bond was Spinal Tap’s best drummer.

    John “Stumpy” Pepys was a close second.

  5. jgedgar70 says: Nov 5, 2013 11:28 AM

    There was never a reason to cut him in the first place. I still think Gettleman ordered him cut because he was a Hurney draftee. He’s better than every guy who has started since we cut him. He knows Kalil well so they will be able to stabilize the middle and right side of the o-line, and he won’t need 3 weeks to build line chemistry. This makes us better for the 49ers game.

  6. camnewtonstowel says: Nov 5, 2013 3:33 PM

    I say we ride out Incognitos investigation and sign as soon as he’s cleared to play, I mean he’s obviously done in Miami. Besides, if he tries to bully anyone on the panthers Steve Smith will bust him in the mouth.

  7. tthrush1 says: Nov 5, 2013 5:16 PM

    jedgar70 – he was so good that he’s sitting there unemployed three months after being cut. Clearly, Gettleman had no clue and cut him to make himself feel like “the Man”

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