Wednesday, August 5, 2009

OK, it's official

Maake Kemoeatu's season is in the books, after surgery to repair a torn achilles tendon on Wednesday. The Panthers have signed George Hypolite to the roster to take his spot, although it will be hard to fill Kemo's rather large shoes on the defensive line.

Had the chance to speak with GM Marty Hurney on Wednesday--you can see that interview on Sports Night tonight at 10. Among the topics, the addition of Hypolite, the cap situation, camp in general. Check it out.

Injury news from Wednesday, LB Thomas Davis with a knee tweak. By all reports, it is not believed to be serious. Also RB Jonathan Stewart will be held to 1 practice per day as his achilles continues to bother him. That injury kept him out of summer school workouts--no worries. The Panthers know what he can do.

Just 3 days, and 5 practices in, this camp seems to have gone from one of unfinished business to a bit of concern. Starters are banged up early, meaning they are getting less work in practice. Caution is a big buzzword. LB Jon Beason is still slowed with a hamstring issue, OL Duke Robinson had overheating problems on Tuesday and was held out Wednesday. It's the grind of camp, and a part of the game, yet one wonders if all these early issues might lead to something bigger down the road. Panther fans are hoping that the bigger down the road is actually better. Time will tell.

Mike Solarte

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