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Gross' ankle is broken

11/15/2009

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina left tackle Jordan Gross has a broken ankle, coach John Fox said.

But that was all Fox would say about the injury. Even though it seems almost a certainty that Gross’ season is over, Fox wouldn’t say it, and repeatedly said the situation would be evaluated in the coming days.

Look for Gross to be put on injured reserve at some point this week. After his injury, left guard Travelle Wharton slid to left tackle and Mackenzy Bernadeau took over at left guard. Look for the Panthers to stick with that alignment. Although Wharton’s at his best as a guard, he previously was a serviceable starter at left tackle.

The only other alternative would be moving right tackle Jeff Otah and inserting Geoff Schwartz at right tackle.