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Source: Geoff Hangartner to have 3rd stint with Panthers

The Panthers are turning to a familiar figure to help fill their offensive line void after injuries to guards Chris Scott and Jeff Byers during Sunday’s win against Atlanta.

Veteran guard/center Geoff Hangartner is scheduled to fly to Charlotte on Tuesday to take a physical with the Panthers, a source close to him said Monday.

If Hangartner passes the physical, he’ll sign with the team.

It would be Hangartner’s third stint with Carolina, which cut him during the first week of training camp.

Hangartner, who has been living in Texas, started 12 games last season – four at guard and eight at center. He was with the Panthers in 2005-08 before playing at Buffalo for two seasons.

After the Bills cut him, Hangartner returned to Charlotte and started every game during 2011.

The Panthers have been hard hit by injuries at guard.

Rookie Edmund Kugbila and opening-game starters Garry Williams and Amini Silatolu have had season-ending knee surgeries. Scott and Byers went down during the same series in the second quarter against the Falcons.

Scott, who has been the starter at right guard, is day-to-day with a right knee sprain. Byers had season-ending Lisfranc surgery on his left foot Monday.

In another injury note, the Panthers said reserve cornerback James Dockery will miss two to four weeks with a shoulder issue.

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