The Carolina Panthers lost a brutal game to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday that saw their offense struggle mightily, mustering up just 7 points. While they were playing a Seahawks defense regarded as one of the best in the NFL, to score only 7 points and account for
Cam Newton, entering Year 3 after being the top pick in the 2011 NFL Drat, was held to 125 yards passing and one touchdown, a 3-yard strike to Steve Smith in the first half.
Despite their anemic offense, the Panthers threatened to take the lead late, but safety Earl Thomas forced DeAngelo Williams to fumble at the SEA-8. Defensive tackle Tony McDaniel recovered with 5:25 left. The Seahawks ran out the clock from there.
Now comes word that they’ve lost starting right guard Garry Williams suffered a torn ACL and MCL in yesterday’s loss. Williams missed a chance to be a full-time starter when he suffered a broken ankle in the 2011 preseason, and now it appears he’ll miss-out once again. The former undrafted rookie and Kentucky Wildcats stalwart had started 21 games for the Panthers at both guard and tackle.
When healthy and able to play, he’s a quality o-lineman, but when you’re as injury-prone as he’s become when he gets significant playing time, his career may be spent mostly as a backup.