Both starter Brad Hoover (high ankle sprain) and backup Tony Fiammetta (concussion) were held out of Wednesday's work, and there aren't any more around. Hoover's going to be out at least a few weeks, and the team's going to take head injuries seriously, so Fiammetta may not be back this week either.
That's going to leave the Panthers scrambling to fill in the position with the backs and tight ends they have on hand, because they don't even have one on the practice squad at the moment.
“It wouldn't change what you do,” coach John Fox said. “You don't re-tool your whole offense at this stage of the game. You just ask people to take on new roles. It will probably be more in that direction. Obviously, I'm not going to go into detail on who those people are or what we're doing for obvious reasons.”
Fox isn't going to tip his hand, but it isn't like they've got many options.
Their tight ends are blockers first, and Jeff King actually got his first action with the Panthers as an on-the-move blocker, sometimes coming out of the backfield, so it's not a foreign language to him.