The Panthers now lead the Falcons, 17-9, at the end of the third quarter. They are also down to their last five active offensive linemen for this game.
Carolina has now had both its starting tackles hurt in this game. Rookie right tackle Jeff Otah just left the game with what looked like an ankle injury. Now Jeremy Bridges is playing RT and Travelle Wharton LT on this glommed-together line. (Otah was just announced in the press box as an ankle injury; he was taken to the locker room on a cart but they say his return is "questionable").
Fortunately for the Panthers, they don't have to try to come from behind with this line in the fourth quarter. They just need to protect an eight-point lead.
What I wonder is this: What if another offensive lineman got hurt? Who would the Panthers sub in there? They do have 2 more offensive linemen on the active roster, but both were declared inactive for this game.