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.