You can only hope it's not an omen. During the first 30 minutes of their first practice of camp, they lost a piece they can hardly afford to be without. NT Maake Kemoeatu went down early with a right ankle injury, and was hauled off on a cart. He wasn't even rolled up upon, rather rolling it while running.
His absence left undrafted rookie Marlon Favortie working with the starters, since Nick Hayden and third-rounder Corvey Irvin play the "three technique" tackle spot and would be overwhelmed on the most.
It's easily the thinnest position on the roster, with no experience to speak of behind Kemoeatu and Damione Lewis.
Coach John Fox said Kemoeatu will see the team doctors this afternoon, as they haven't made the trip down from Charlotte yet.
Also, MLB Jon Beason couldn't finish because of a hamstring strain. Didn't look bad. Second-year LB Dan Connor replaced him with the ones.
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Otherwise, it was an interesting session, the first in full pads of the year. While DE Julius Peppers was back and looked good, he didn't exactly do the Godzilla vs. Tokyo thing. Seems that Jordan Gross guy is pretty good too.
Peppers got a nice reception as he walked out at 8:45 a.m., with fans shouting "Thank you for coming back Mr. Peppers." He seemed in a good mood, as he smiled and waved, acknowledging.
We'll have more as the afternoon progresses. Don't forget the twitter feed (@daringantt) for the up-to-the-minute updates.