Panthers seek OT help by signing Remmers from Rams practice squad

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers on Tuesday signed offensive tackle Mike Remmers from the St. Louis Rams practice squad to add depth to an injury-plagued line.

They also signed safety Robert Lester from the practice squad to the 53-man roster.

Linebacker Chase Blackburn (knee) was placed on injured reserve, and running back Darrin Reaves was waived to make room on the roster.

Starting left tackle Byron Bell (knee) and right tackle Nate Chandler (groin) were on Monday’s injury list as the Panthers prepare for Thursday night’s game against New Orleans. Both had to leave Sunday’s 13-9 loss to Seattle, forcing undrafted rookie David Foucault to play 30 snaps.

Chandler said he will be ready for the Saints. Bell’s status remains unclear.

The Panthers also are thin at guard with starting left tackle Amini Silatolu missing the past two games with a calf injury, and Trai Turner is week to week with a knee injury.

Remmers, 6-5 and 300 pounds, entered the NFL in 2012 as an undrafted free agent from Oregon. He has spent time on the practice squads of Tampa Bay, Minnesota and St. Louis, as well as the active rosters of San Diego and Minnesota.

He played in one game for the Chargers last season.

Reaves became expendable with starting running back DeAngelo Williams expected to play after missing the past four games with an ankle injury.