Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Dwan Edwards’ status for Sunday’s game against Philadelphia is in question after he sprained his left ankle on a cut block early in the win at Seattle.
Edwards was locked up with right guard J.R. Sweezy when Seahawks right tackle Garry Gilliam dived at Edwards’ legs and landed on his ankle.
“I was dealing with the guard and the tackle came and cut me,” Edwards said. “It’s stuff that happens. You don’t like it. But it happens.”
Asked whether he thought it was a dirty play, Edwards said: “It’s against the rules. It’s not supposed to be done. But I see it every week on film.”
Panthers coach Ron Rivera, who is on an NFL rules subcommittee, said that particular cut block – in which an adjacent blocker cuts a defender engaged with a lineman – is legal. But Rivera thinks it should be outlawed because of the risk of injury to the defensive player.
“There’s some controversy as to whether or not that should be continued to be allowed. There’s a lot of us that don’t think it should be,” Rivera said. “To me it’s unfortunate. But it’s in the rules. And until it’s changed, it’s legal.”
Edwards, who is in a walking boot, said the next two days will be key in his recovery. If the swelling decreases and he’s able to improve his range of motion, he might have a chance to play against the Eagles.