NFL notebook: Panthers G Williams out for season

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Carolina Panthers announced Monday that starting right guard Garry Williams tore the ACL and MCL in his left knee and will miss the rest of the season.

The injury occurred in the first half of Carolina’s 12-7 loss to Seattle after a Seahawks lineman rolled up on Williams’ leg. The five-year pro won the starting right guard spot in training camp, prompting the Panthers to release veteran Geoff Hangartner.

Coach Ron Rivera said Chris Scott likely would replace Williams as the starter.

Williams broke his ankle in Carolina’s final preseason game in 2011 after earning a starting spot that summer.


PRYOR GETS NOD OVER FLYNN: Oakland coach Dennis Allen doesn’t need to play any games about who his starting quarterback will be this week.

Terrelle Pryor answered those questions in the season opener with his running ability and improved passing that almost helped Oakland pull off a shocker before losing 21-17 at Indianapolis.

After refusing to announce his starter last week for “competitive” reasons, Allen is all-in with the dual-threat quarterback heading into Sunday’s home opener against Jacksonville. Pryor spent most of training camp working with the backups while former LSU quarterback Matt Flynn ran with the first team.


GABBERT OUT WITH HAND INJURY: Jacksonville will be without quarterback Blaine Gabbert against Oakland on Sunday.

Gabbert sliced open the back of his throwing hand on a defender’s facemask in the final minutes of Sunday’s 28-2 loss to Kansas City. He needed 15 stitches after the game, and coach Gus Bradley said he won’t practice this week.

Chad Henne will start against the Raiders, and Ricky Stanzi will be the backup.

Also, rookie cornerback Dwayne Gratz will miss at least the next three games with a high ankle sprain, and suspended receiver Justin Blackmon will join the team while it’s on the West Coast.


EYEING NEW RUNNING BACKS: Citing a league source, ESPN reported that the New York Giants will work out running backs Brandon Jacobs, Willis McGahee and Joe McKnight on Tuesday.

Starter David Wilson fumbled twice and had one returned for a touchdown in the Giants’ 36-31 season-opening loss to the Cowboys on Sunday. The 2012 first-round pick was benched in the second half.

Jacobs, a former Assumption High standout, played seven seasons with the Giants before a forgettable season for San Francisco in 2012. McGahee was released by Denver in June, and McKnight was released after three seasons with the New York Jets.


INJURIES ABOUND: Steelers Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey will have surgery this week to repair his injured right knee, and linebacker Larry Foote will have surgery to fix a ruptured right biceps.

Both players went down in Sunday’s 16-9 loss to Tennessee and are lost for the year. The Steelers signed Fernando Velasco to add to their offensive line depth, and Kion Wilson will get the first crack at stepping in for Foote.

The Steelers also plan to re-sign running back Jonathan Dwyer. LaRod Stephens-Howling has a torn right ACL.

Around the league

The NFL is looking into disciplining Detroit defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh for his illegal low block against Minnesota center John Sullivan during an interception return Sunday. ... Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo should be able to keep playing through a rib injury suffered against the Giants after X-rays showed no structural damage. ... Patriots running back Shane Vereen did not practice because of a wrist injury, but the club did not confirm a Fox Sports report that he had surgery and is expected to be out several weeks.