Panthers sign Bridges to help struggling O-line

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Panthers announced they’ve signed free
agent guard Jeremy Bridges to serve as a stop-gap for their struggling
offensive line.

Carolina surrendered seven sacks during
Sunday’s 36-14 loss to the Denver Broncos, tied for the third-most
allowed in team history. The 32-year-old Bridges is expected to step in
and compete for a starting spot right away at right guard after coach
Ron Rivera said starter Jeff Byers was “exposed” in Sunday’s loss.

Bridges played for the Panthers from 2006-08.

He was with the Arizona Cardinals last
season but was placed on injured reserve with torn left thumb ligaments
on Sept. 2. He reached an injury settlement last week.

Bridges started 28 games while with the Panthers.

The Panthers placed defensive end Thomas Keiser on IR with an elbow injury.