The Carolina Panthers are down another starting tackle for a substantial amount of time.
Daryl Williams, Carolina’s starting right tackle, was placed on injured reserve on Tuesday after injuring his knee in Sunday’s 16-8 victory over Dallas. He will have surgery to repair the damage.
Williams, 26, will have to miss eight games before he is eligible to return, but the Panthers hope to bring him back.
He tore his right MCL and dislocated his patella in the first week of training camp. He did not have surgery, electing to rehabilitate his knee.
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Carolina’s starting left tackle, Matt Kalil, was placed on injured reserve the week before Carolina’s season opener.
The Panthers are allowed to bring two players back from injured reserve, in accordance with league rules.
The team signed veteran tackle Chris Clark, 32, on Tuesday morning. Clark, formerly of the Texans and Broncos, has played in 106 games with 53 starts.
“The thing about Chris is that he’s a veteran guy who has done it,” said head coach Ron Rivera. “He’s started in this league, started a whole bunch of games in this league. And he’s in really good shape right now. So we feel good about bringing a guy in that does things the right way.
“We got a lot of good reports about him, and we talked to several people that know him and they’ve all felt that this could be a guy who could come in and help us. He got an opportunity to work today and he looked pretty good.”
Clark could start at right on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons if Moton continues to start on the left. Tackle Corey Robinson, for whom the Panthers traded a 2020 conditional seventh-round pick with Detroit, provides depth at both right and left tackle.