Hangartner missed practice Wednesday because of a back injury.|||||||
Without going into detail, Bills coach Dick Jauron said Hangartner was held out because of a stiff back. That's potentially bad news for a team that has already shuffled its lineup this week after losing starting right tackle Brad Butler and starting tight end Derek Schouman to season-ending knee injuries. With 29 starts in 56 games over five seasons, Hangartner is the team's most experienced offensive lineman.
Hangartner has signed with the Buffalo Bills, becoming the first addition to their rebuilding line.|||||||
The deal was announced by the Bills on Saturday after the former Carolina Panthers player spent the day meeting with team executives and coaches. A fifth-round draft pick from Texas A&M in 2005, Hangartner played both center and right guard for the Panthers.
Hangartner hopes to return for the playoffs after being knocked out of a 33-31 win over New Orleans on Sunday.|||||||
Carolina has a bye, giving Hangartner time to heal.
Hangartner signed a three-year, $1.032 million contract with the Carolina Panthers.|||||||