CHARLOTTE -- The hits just keep coming for the Panthers' defensive line, as they placed Gary Gibson on injured reserve Tuesday.
Gibson broke his left hand during practice last week, but tried to play against the New York Giants wearing a large cast. Given that the undersized (285-pound) defensive tackle's already smaller than most of the guys blocking him, playing them one-armed proved to be too much of a burden.
To replace Gibson on the active roster, they signed defensive tackle J'Vonne Parker off the Atlanta practice squad. Like Gibson, he's from Rutgers. Otherwise, he's the opposite. At 6-4, 325, he's a bigger body, which the Panthers could use while defensive tackle Maake Kemoeatu's out with an ankle injury.
Parker originally made the Cleveland squad as an undrafted free agent in 2005. He's appeared in 11 games since then, with stints in Dallas and Baltimore as well.
The Panthers also signed former Missouri defensive tackle Lorenzo Williams to the practice squad. They had a vacancy after promoting sixth-round pick Nick Hayden to the active roster last Saturday.
The 6-0, 310-pound Williams was in Baltimore's camp this summer.