It's a shame, but an unfortunate part of the business. This afternoon the Carolina Panthers put offensive tackle Lee Ziemba on the injured/waived list, essentially ending his career with the organization.
The Carolina Panthers have waived/injured tackle Lee Ziemba and signed guard Andre Ramsey, the team announced today.— Steve Reed (@SteveReed_AP) August 10, 2012
Putting Ziemba on the list means teams can pick up the remainder of his contract, but are forewarned that he is not in a physical condition suitable to play football in 2012. The offensive tackle was reported to have a suspected torn ACL last week. In these situations it's rare a team ever picks up a player off waivers, and ultimately it's likely the Panthers will reach an injury settlement with Ziemba, and cut him shortly after.
Lee was brought in to add a sense of familiarity for Cam Newton, but didn't really have a place to stick on the offensive line. As it stood he was just an outside chance to make the 2012 roster, but was an insanely nice guy in Spartanburg who looks lots of time to interact with fans, and kids.
After the jump a look at offsensive guard Andre Ramsey, who the Panthers signed today as a replacement.
UPDATE: At the time of writing there was confusion regarding the waived/injured process. When a team wishes to place a player on IR prior to the start of the regular season they must go through the waiver process. Should a player clear waivers they have the option to either reach an injury settlement, or place the player on IR. So there is still a chance Ziemba could remain with the Panthers.
At 6'5", 322 lbs Andre Ramsey has the ideal size you're looking for out of an offensive guard. He went undrafted in 2009 out of Ball State, and has since bounced around four different NFL teams, most recently with Baltimore in 2010. There are no recorded football stops for him in 2011, and he spent 2012 with the Kansas City Command of the Arena Football League.
Last time I called someone a 'camp body' Nate Ness lit practice on fire, so I'll call Ramsey a camp body, and we'll see if it yields any results.
From all of us at Cat Scratch Reader we wish the best to Lee Ziemba in whatever step he next takes.