The Carolina Panthers placed starting right tackle Daryl Williams on the injured reserve list on Wednesday morning. Williams is set to have knee surgery after having to be carted off the field during the Panthers’ Week 1 win over the Dallas Cowboys.
This news means Williams will not be able to suit up when the Panthers visit Lincoln Financial Field to play the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 7. This is a significant loss for Carolina considering Williams is one of the better right tackles in the league. He was named second-team All-Pro in 2017.
With Williams set to be out, the Panthers signed free agent offensive tackle Chris Clark. It seems like they’re going to gear him up to be their starter moving forward. Clark ranked 70th out of 90 tackles in pass blocking last year, per Pro Football Focus. For reference, Williams was 34th.
The Eagles’ strong defensive end rotation could prove troublesome for the Panthers as they try to protect Cam Newton. Such was the case last year when the Eagles and Panthers played in Carolina.
In other injury news, Panthers tight end Greg Olsen will “a few weeks” as he tries to rest his fractured foot. Even if Olsen manages to suit up for Week 7, it hardly seems like he’ll be 100%. That’s a big deal considering Olsen has been a reliable weapon for Newton over the years.
The Eagles will host the Panthers at the Linc on Sunday, October 21. Start time is 1:00 PM ET.