CHARLOTTE – The Panthers have signed rookie safety
Lester takes the roster spot of safety
Several other members of the Panthers' secondary sustained injuries in the game. Safety
Moore played through a knee injury, while safety
Lester, an undrafted rookie who started 40 games and won three national championships at Alabama, came on strong early in the offseason but hit a bit of a wall in Rivera's estimation at training camp.
Lester was waived in the Panthers' final roster cutdown but was added to the practice squad the next day.
"He's a smart, sharp individual who played in a very good system at Alabama," Rivera said during Lester's tough stretch at training camp. "This isn't too big for him."
The best-case scenario at safety in Week 3 versus the New York Giants would be for Mitchell and Mikell to be healthy enough to play, though both have been working at strong safety since joining the Panthers. Mikell, who signed with the Panthers on Sept. 2, did start 23 games at free safety in additon to nine at strong safety for the St. Louis Rams the last two seasons.
"Mike (Mitchell) has been here longer than Q (Mikell) has, but Q has more experience playing in the NFL and has played free safety before," defensive coordinator Sean McDermott said. "And again, we'll just have to see who's healthy."
In addition to Lester joining the safety group, an undrafted rookie free agent could play into the Panthers' plan at cornerback. With Moore hobbled and
If there is any good news as far as the health of the secondary is concerned it is at corner, where starter