Running back Lache Seastrunk lasted only a week on the practice squad after Carolina Panthers coaches sought to find a back more familiar with the offense following Jonathan Stewart’s knee injury.
They found Seastrunk’s replacement in Tauren Poole, who spent most of the past two seasons with the Panthers but never appeared in a regular-season game. Poole was working out in Hickory after being among Pittsburgh’s final cuts last month when the Panthers called.
“You never know how the business works. There’s a lot of backs ready and available, but I’m thankful they called me,” Poole said. “I was excited about it, hoping they’d reach out. Glad they did, and got it going.”
Rivera said coaches liked Seastrunk’s explosiveness. But with fullback Mike Tolbert and third-string running back Fozzy Whittaker out and Stewart doubtful, the Panthers needed an emergency back who knew the system.
“We went back and looked at his tape from when he was with us, looked at his tape this preseason when he was Pittsburgh, and sat down and talked to him,” Rivera said. “Coaches feel very comfortable about his retention.”