The Panthers returned to practice this evening without starting lineman Maake Kemoeatu (Achilles tendon) and linebacker Jon Beason (Hamstring). General Manager Marty Hurney reported that Beason's injury is not serious, and at the time, Kemo's status was still unknown.
The latest news on defensive tackle Kemoeatu is not what we were hoping to hear. It's been made pretty clear that he suffered a torn Achilles tendon and is likely out for the season. The team will announce tomorrow whether or not he will be placed on Injured Reserve.
In the meantime, undrafted rookie Marlon Favorite has been filling in for Kemoeatu, at least giving him some experience at the position with the starting lineup for now.
At 317 pounds, Favorite is bigger than fellow backups Nick Hayden and Corvey Irvin. Unfortunately, this goes to show just how thin the Panthers are at this position without veteran tackle Darwin Walker.
The easy solution would be for Carolina to go out and sign a veteran free agent, but with their salary cap being as tight as it is, that solution is almost next to impossible.
“He's a neat, young man. He gives you everything he's got. We saw that out of college, and I haven't seen anything different than that, which is a good thing,” coach John Fox said of Favorite.
Second-year linebacker Dan Connor has been filling in for Beason while he recovers from what's probably a tight hamstring.
Running back Jonathan Stewart, who missed OTAs with the team, practiced this morning. He looked fast, as he broke through a hole at the line of scrimmage at the start of the morning practice.
Both Stewart and veteran receiver Muhsin Muhammad missed the evening practice. After coming off an Achilles injury, Stewart is likely on one-a-day practices for now.
So far, veteran defensive end Tyler Brayton is working with the first team ahead of rookie Everette Brown.
Rookie Mike Goodson looked good on the field today, as he continues to impress teammates with his speed and versatility as a rushing, receiving, and return threat.
Dwayne Jarrett also made a little noise today, as he made a great catch while defensive back Chris Gamble was sticking to him like flypaper.
The Panthers reconvene for one practice at 3:10 p.m Tuesday.
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