Panthers temporarily scrambling for RBs

SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- With running backs Jonathan Stewart, Mike Goodson and Tyrell Sutton all banged up, the Carolina Panthers have made a roster move that’s designed just to help them get through practices.

They have signed Dantrell Savage, who has played briefly as a running back and return man for the Kansas City Chiefs. Don’t get too excited about this one. The only way Savage has any real shot at making the opening-day roster is if Goodson’s injury puts him out for an extended period.

The Panthers are expecting Stewart and Sutton to start practicing soon and they’ll join DeAngelo Williams as the main guys. Goodson also figures to earn a roster spot if he’s healthy.

But the Panthers had only two healthy running backs at this morning’s practice and fullback Anthony Fiammetta even filled in at tailback on some plays. Savage at least gives the Panthers another true tailback to use in practice.

The Panthers waived defensive back Marcus Walker to create the roster spot for Savage. I’m about to head out to Carolina’s evening practice and will check in with more later.