The Panthers have shuffled their offensive line in the wake of the season-ending injury to Ryan Kalil, shifting Byron Bell from right tackle to right guard and moving Garry Williams into the lineup at right tackle.
Geoff Hangartner moves from right guard to center, a position where he has starting experience with Buffalo and Carolina.
Bell played guard during training camp as a rookie before moving to tackle for the Panthers' second preseason game. He has started 17 games at right tackle, but said the move should be seamless.
“I played tackle all through college. I played a little guard in high school. So I know how to play it,” Bell said. “I'm playing offensive line. Wherever they put me, you've just got to go in there and do it.”
Bell said the Panthers lost a key component of the offense when Kalil went down.
“He's a Pro Bowl guy. He's pretty much the Peyton Manning out there, giving us all the calls,” Bell said. “We miss him. But Geoff is a good leader. He's been there before. So we've got confidence in (Hangartner). We lost Ryan. But we're going to go out there and get the job done.”