The Carolina Panthers currently have nine players on season ending injured reserve, but Amini Silatolu is not one of them. The 25 year old guard tore the ACL in his right knee in Sunday’s loss to the Cardinals and head coach Ron Rivera said on Wednesday it was just a matter of time before the team officially moves him to IR.
“We’re in the process of looking to fill the void,” Rivera told reporters. “We've got time [and] we’re not in a real big hurry. We want to make sure we find the right person to come in and take that spot. We've already elevated (Brian) Folkerts and we've got eight guys active right now.”
In other injury news, four players did not practice on Wednesday, S Robert Lester (hamstring), DT Dwan Edwards (hamstring), CB D.J. Moore (Knee) and TE Greg Olsen. Lester was held out for precautionary reasons and got most of his reps during the walkthrough. If he is good to go on Sunday Rivera said he will start because, “He’s got a little bit of a rhythm going right now.”
Another safety that has been hobbled of late, Quintin Mikell, appears ready for the Vikings as he participated in full practice.
Edwards has played in just two games this season and is hopeful to be ready on Sunday.
“I do my best to keep my conditioning up and do something every day,” he said. “It’s tough. You’re limited on what you can do with a hamstring. It’s kind of a day at a time, it feels good some days and other days there’s pain. Overall it is getting better.”
Olsen was also held out because Rivera doesn’t want to do anything that will jeopardize him playing against the Vikings. “It’s one of those things you want to make sure the guy stays off of it and protects it. He’s very valuable to what we do on the offensive side.”
“It’s nothing we expect to be of any length,” Olsen said. “I should be out there in some capacity tomorrow (Thursday practice). We’ll see how it feels. It happened at some point in the (Cardinals) game, but was able to deal with it as the game went on. It’s nothing significant.”
On the roster front, the Panthers announced a number of moves on Wednesday signing center/guard Brian Folkerts from the team’s practice squad and adding him to the 53 man roster. In addition, wide receiver Marvin McNutt was signed off the Miami Dolphins’ practice squad and added to the active roster.
The next time Folkerts steps on the field it will be his first in the NFL. The 23 year old comes out of a small Kansas college, Washburn University in Topeka and was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Saints. The 6-foor-4, 305-pounder also had a stint on the Buccaneers’ practice squad. He will wear uniform No. 64.
McNutt, 24, was the Eagles sixth round pick (194th overall) in the 2012 draft out of the University of Iowa and played in four games without a reception. He has been part of the Dolphins practice squad since the season opener. McNutt will wear No. 15.
To fill the two practice squad openings, linebackers Ben Jacobs and Jeff Tarpinian were signed. Jacobs was added to the active roster last week only to be waived on Tuesday.