The Carolina Panthers had two linemen out at practice today, including their best one.
Here’s our first look at the Week 2 injury report.
|DT Kawann Short||Foot||DNP|
|OL Dennis Daley||Ankle||DNP|
|DE Yetur Gross-Matos||Eye||Limited|
|LB Shaq Thompson||Groin||Full|
|WR/KR Pharoh Cooper||Ribs||Full|
|CB Donte Jackson||Ankle||Full|
|DE Stephen Weatherly||Groin||Full|
Coach Matt Rhule told reporters he doesn’t have hope Daley will be able to play Sunday, so expect Michael Schofield to continue starting at left guard in his place.
Missing Daley is no huge deal, but Short is one guy they can’t afford to lose given their lack of interior defensive line depth. Short missed 14 games due to a shoulder injury last season, which was a huge factor in the team’s run defense falling off a cliff. Rhule says Short is doing everything he can to come back.
As for Donte Jackson, he left the Week 1 loss against the Raiders early with an ankle injury and did not return. While Rasul Douglas stepped up, Jackson is another defensive piece that they need on the field, so it’s good to see him listed as a full participant.
In related news, running back Christian McCaffrey was spotted wearing a green no contact jersey. The good news is he’s not listed on the official injury report. Last year, coach Ron Rivera wisely took to resting McCaffrey one day a week, so we will assume that’s what’s going on here.