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Friday, July 26, 2013

Stewart, Beason out for a while; Wharton Visits

It appears that the injury bug, as camp starts, isn't completely gone.

Jon Beason has some lingering issues from knee surgery that will
require him to miss at least part of training camp. Jonathan Stewart,
who had ankle surgery on both ankles, reports that the left ankle is now
healed; the right one, not as much.

Beason has been terminally unhealthy since signing his 5 year, $51
million contract in 2011; maybe the recent restructure will bring better
luck. I don't have numbers on what the restructure means, yet.

Stewart's backup plan is clear; obviously, Deangelo Williams, Mike
Tolbert, Tauren Poole, and Kenjon Barner will suffice for a moment or
two. For Beason, the team has put work into LB; it appears that, in
preseason, you'd have Chase Blackburn playing more initially and coming
off the field. No idea what will happen with both Beason and Thomas
Davis on the field, as far as nickel coverage; but, for now, that won't
matter without him available.

Former Panthers G/T Travelle Wharton visited Charlotte this week, and
has apparently canceled a trip to Denver. Former Panthers coaches John
Fox and position coack John Matsko are installed there; no information
was available as to how the Panthers visit went, or why the Broncos trip
was canceled.

With a lot of teams coming to camp right now, it wouldn't be
inconceivable to see the team make a move for an inexpensive veteran if
possible at a spot or two; Wharton and S Quintin Mikell seem the obvious
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