Carolina Panthers center Ryan Kalil returned to practice Wednesday, the first action for the four-time Pro Bowler since he sprained his knee in an exhibition against Miami on Aug. 22
Kalil was listed as limited on the first injury report of the season, although Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he feels good about Kalil’s chances to play Sunday at Jacksonville.
The Panthers signed former University of Miami center Shane McDermott to the practice squad Wednesday as insurance in the event Kalil has a setback.
McDermott (6-4, 300) made it to the final rounds of cut with Dallas after signing with the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent. The Panthers released cornerback Carrington Byndom to make room for McDermott on the practice squad.
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In addition to Kalil, cornerback Josh Norman (head) and backup tackle Nate Chandler (knee) also were limited.
Norman, who only participated in non-contact drills, is scheduled to meet with an independent neurologist as early as Thursday, the final step to getting cleared to play against the Jaguars.
Defensive tackle Star Lotulelei (foot) and tight end Richie Brockel (shoulder) both worked on the side and are not expected to play Sunday.
Lotulelei has been out since the first week of training camp after developing a stress reaction in his surgically repaired foot. Rivera said trainers are “putting a lot of stress on him just to see how he reacts.”