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Panthers Notebook: Some injuries, but nothing serious yet

SPARTANBURG Injuries are starting to take a toll on the Carolina Panthers, but so far this training camp, there hasn’t been anything serious.

On Monday, along with Jon Beason and Jonathan Stewart sitting out as they have all of camp, starting left guard Amini Silatolu and fullback Mike Tolbert weren’t in action.

Silatolu continues to nurse a groin strain that kept him out of Saturday’s Fan Fest. Tolbert wasn’t at practice Monday with a tweaked hamstring, Panthers coach Ron Rivera said.

The coach said he’s a little concerned about the nicks and bruises midway through camp.

“The big thing now is got to take care of them and make sure we get them off their feet and get a little bit of rest,” Rivera said. “We’ll take a look at the schedule and see what we can rearrange to take a little bit off them now.”

Rookie guard Edmund Kugbila sat out again Monday with a hamstring strain. He said Saturday he expects to be ready to go early this week, but Rivera said his fourth-round pick is day-to-day until the trainers say he’s ready to go.

Newly acquired guard Chris Scott was carted off the field during practice due to dehydration and was taken in for an IV. Carolina signed him Friday after a workout following practice.

Scott reportedly failed his conditioning test less than two weeks ago with the Bills and was released. He was reported to weigh 360 pounds at the time.

“We liked what we saw and that’s why we signed them because we see something there,” Rivera said. “He’s going to have to do a little extra, he knows that, he’s been doing extra. He’s trying to get himself in shape, and today he cramped up. But a guy that size with that athletic ability has a chance and we’re willing to take a chance on him.”

Install experts: The Panthers have the bulk of their offense installed. That includes the zone-read package, although they haven’t run a lot of the option look during camp.

Rivera estimated that two-thirds of the offense is in place.

“I haven’t had a chance to go over it the last couple days, but I do know it’s a good portion of it,” he said.

Depth chart: The Panthers released their first depth chart of the preseason Monday afternoon with little, if any, surprises.

Garry Williams is the starter at left guard with Kugbila as his immediate backup despite the rookie still listed as day-to-day with a hamstring injury.

Beason is listed as the staring weakside linebacker, but it’s possible he doesn’t play until the regular season. Rookie A.J. Klein and veteran Jordan Senn have been sharing reps in his spot.

And Ted Ginn Jr., acquired this spring as a free agent from San Francisco, is the starter at both kick and punt returner. Last year’s starter Joe Adams is the backup kick returner and Kealoha Pilares is listed as the backup punt returner.

Observations

• Joe Adams and Michael Zordich made the All-Hands team Monday after hauling in some nice catches during practice.

• Kuechly was heated with himself after he saw a pass play going to Greg Olsen but couldn’t break it up. Kuechly face-guarded Olsen, which would have been pass interference, but the tight end still made the catch in the corner of the end zone.

• Rivera clarified a statement he made Saturday, wanting to be clear that they’ll continue practicing in pads through training camp but not be as physical as they had been the first week.

• Rivera had to be pleased with the intensity of the goal line drills. There was a good surge from the offense, and nice contact by defensive players, who were not allowed to take ball-carriers to the ground.

• Armanti Edwards’ development into an NFL receiver was encapsulated in a single play. Cam Newton threw a laser to Edwards’ back shoulder, and the former Appalachian State QB stopped, made the catch and kept his feet inbounds. No way he makes that catch three years ago.

• Bruce Campbell, the 6-foot-6, 320-pound offensive tackle, is a physical specimen who can’t get on the field because he’s Jordan Gross’ backup and doesn’t play the right side well. But he was out there Monday – as the third tackle in the goal line package. Let’s call the Mike Goodson deal a wash.

Three questions with TE Zack Pianalto

What were you doing when you got the call from the Panthers last week?

I was training. I hoped I’d get another opportunity to come into a camp. I was elated, obviously not knowing if I’d get that call or not.

Being a Tar Heel, is there any special meaning to coming back to the state?

You know I was looking for a job anywhere, but Carolina is near and dear to my heart. Chapel Hill is just a few hours away and being the only Tar Heel on the team I feel pretty privileged. I can’t believe there wasn’t another one on the team.

How hard was it not knowing if an offer isn’t going to come in after no one picked you up as a free agent last year?

It’s rough. Uncertainty is something nobody deals with very well, I think. I just enjoyed the time off. I didn’t work or get a job. My job was to just work out and be ready. I’ll enjoy that while I can.

Getting to know

WR James Shaw

Height: 5-11

Weight: 185 pounds

College: Jacksonville State

NFL experience: 1 year

The scoop: Shaw has shown some good speed running with the third team, but it’ll be tough for him to make the final roster. With the logjam at receiver, he may not be able to find a spot on the 53-man squad, but he has a chance to make the practice squad.

Twitter handle: @JamesShaw_10

Recent tweet: Thank you God for my health and strength this morning Amen!!!!

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