The Panthers were back on the field today in preparation for their game on Monday night against the Saints, and one key player returned to practice while another was held out for the second straight day.
Left tackle Chris Clark was back in action today after missing yesterday’s practice with a knee injury. That’s good news for his chances to play on Monday night. He hasn’t been the best left tackle in the league since being signed by the Panthers, but he has at least been a warm body with experience. It doesn’t count for much, but it’s better than nothing.
The bigger concern today is that defensive tackle Kawann Short missed his second straight day of practice with a calf injury. There’s one small sliver of hope that the Panthers are just being cautious with him due to the weather (it’s windy, rainy and cold in Charlotte). Hopefully that’s all it is, because if the Panthers go into Monday’s game without the best pass rushing defensive tackle available against Drew Brees... let’s just say it won’t be pretty.
Rashaan Gaulden was back today after missing yesterday’s practice with an illness. That’s good news for his availability on Monday night because the Panthers will need him for depth. If he’s unable to go, the Panthers could activate Da’Norris Searcy from injured reserve if they’re comfortable with his recovery from the concussion he suffered. They have to make that decision soon, though, because his three-week window expires at the end of this week.
Cam Newton was limited to non-throwing duty during the open media portion of practice, but that could simply be the team being cautious with the bad weather today. Unless something changes, he’s fully expected to suit up on Monday.
Graham Gano was also held out of practice today, but hopes to be ready for Monday night.
Panthers injury report
Did not participate in practice
K Graham Gano (knee)
DT Kawann Short (calf)
Limited participation in practice
QB Cam Newton (shoulder)
Full participation in practice
S Mike Adams (rest/wrist)
OT Chris Clark (knee)
LB Thomas Davis (rest)
S Rashaan Gaulden (illness)
DE Julius Peppers (rest)
Did not participate in practice = 0% of a player’s normal repetitions
Limited participation in practice = Less than 100% of a player’s normal repetitions
Full participation in practice = 100% of a player’s normal repetitions
Out = Player will not play
Doubtful = Player unlikely to play
Questionable = Uncertain if player will play