Posted by Will Brinson
Any hope for (immediate) future success from the Panthers could take a hit as early as today, with Pro Bowl running back DeAngelo Williams possibly heading to injured reserve, thereby ending his season.
According to Adam Schefter at ESPN, the Panthers are "strongly considering" putting Williams on IR with a "strained arch."
Darin Gantt of the Charlotte Observer also believes that we've "probably" seen DeAngelo's last game as a Panther this year.
At some point, The Onion is going to release a spoof about the Panthers putting everyone on IR, but this is a move that makes sense for Carolina.
Because they're not competitive (at all) this season, and even though Williams is in the last year of his deal, if the team wants to re-sign him past this year (which they've indicated they do), putting additional workload on an injured back in meaningless games is a fruitless exercise.
Update (1:10): DeAngelo Williams was officially placed on injured reserve Wednesday, ending the running back's season with the Panthers (and, possibly, his career in Charlotte, but more on that once it becomes an issue.) Jonathan Stewart and Tyrell Sutton didn't practice Wednesday, meaning Mike Goodson should get the, um, panther's share of carries for Carolina on Sunday.
Jimmy Clausen also missed practice on Wednesday, meaning Tony Pike projects as the likely starter for the Panthers Sunday.
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