Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer reports that former Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Colin Cole could start against his old team when Seattle travels to Carolina on Sunday.
Cole would start in place of Dwan Edwards. The 6-3, 305-pound nose tackle questionable heading into Sunday’s game due to a thigh injury.
Cole was one of the surprise final roster cuts in 2011. A two-year starter for the Seahawks, Cole never fully recovering from a serious ankle injury, and did not participate in Seattle’s training camp his final season.
Money also was an issue, as Cole was set to make $3.75 million in 2011, and the Seahawks had replaced Cole with Brandon Mebane at nose tackle.
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Cole sat out the 2011 and 2012 seasons recovering from his ankle issue.
According to Person’s report, 11-year veteran safety Quintin Mikell likely will start in place of expected starter Mike Mitchell, who’s doubtful with a calf injury. Mikell played the last two seasons in St. Louis before signing with Carolina in free agency.
Rookie running back Kenjon Barner (foot) and cornerback James Dockery (thumb) have been ruled out for Sunday.
Receiver Domenik Hixon (hamstring) and starting left guard Amini Silatolu (hamstring) are questionable.
Person reports that if Silatolu can’t play, Panthers head coach Ron Rivera indicated that he would use a two-person rotation of recently signed offensive lineman Travelle Wharton and Chris Scott at left guard.