The Panthers placed OG Geoff Schwartz on injured reserve Tuesday as the team got its roster down to 80 players.
Schwartz started all 16 games last season. He suffered a hip injury on Aug. 7 and hasn't practiced since.
"That's a tough one," said head coach Ron Rivera. "We hoped that he would react positively to the treatment. He's been out for a long time, and we have to move forward with this season, unfortunately."
Backup ORG Mackenzy Bernadeau has been battling a turf toe, sending Garry Williams, who started most of last season at right tackle, to right guard in practice.
The Panthers also waived/injured QB Tony Pike and OG Duke Robinson. They released LS Chris Massey and placed TE Gary Barnidge, WR David Gettis and OL Zack Williams on injured reserve.
The way we see it
The Panthers are low on depth on the right side of the O-line with Schwartz on the shelf, Bernadeau suffering from turf toe and Robinson having been waived.