Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Panthers turning to Hangartner at guard
By David Newton
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- For the second time this season, the Carolina Panthers are turning to a veteran they cut during training camp to help an injury situation.
The Panthers flew guard/center Geoff Hangartner into Charlotte on Tuesday to take a physical, and then he was signed Tuesday afternoon.
Hangartner is being brought in to help at right guard. Starter Chris Scott is day-to-day with a sprained knee suffered in the second quarter of Sunday's 34-10 victory over Atlanta.
Backup Jeff Byers was placed on injured reserve after he had season-ending Lisfranc surgery on his left foot on Monday that he also injured in the second quarter.
That left the Panthers with former defensive lineman-turned-backup tackle Nate Chandler playing 41 snaps at guard.
Coach Ron Rivera said on Monday that Chandler will begin the week working with the first team, but acknowledged the team was thin at that spot.
Hangartner appeared to be the starter until he was cut in August so the Panthers could focus on younger players. He started 12 games last season and every game in 2011.
Earlier this season, the Panthers brought back veteran cornerback Drayton Florence after suffering multiple injuries at the position during a Week 2 loss at Buffalo. Florence returned an interception for a touchdown on Sunday.