Carolina Panthers Sign St. Louis Rams Practice Squad Lineman Mike Remmers


The Carolina Panthers have signed offensive lineman Mike Remmers to their active roster off the St. Louis Rams’ practice squad. Carolina was looking to add some depth to a front that currently has four starters being held back by various ailments. It’s a bit of a surprising development that the Rams didn’t attempt to match their offer, as Rams left tackle Jake Long went down with a season-ending torn ACL on Sunday.

With Remmers out of the picture, this means that the Rams will be adding either practice squad lineman Brandon Washington or an outsider to their active roster. It would be extremely wise for them to replace Long with another lineman, because with guard Rodger Saffold (shoulder), and centers Scott Wells (elbow) and Tim Barnes (shoulder) uncertain for next week’s game, they need extra protection.

The 25-year-old Remmers is in his third NFL season and has been a member of five organizations. He was signed to the Rams’ practice squad right before the season opener.

Washington, who is now the strongest candidate to replace Long on the active roster, spent a good chunk of time on the active roster last season and spent the entirety of the previous season on the practice squad. The 26-year-old is a natural guard but has the versatility to kick out to tackle as well.

The Rams will probably also need to add at least two extra linemen to their practice squad to practice this week. Tackle Sean Hooey, who began the year on the practice squad, might be a candidate.