With offensive lineman Amini Silatolu currently in a walking boot, the Carolina Panthers needed to add depth ahead of their trip to Tampa. So they promoted tackle David Foucault from the practice squad on Saturday and released defensive end Wes Horton.
Until he suffered a high-ankle sprain in Thursday's practice, Silatolu was Michael Oher's backup at left tackle. Foucault, who was an emergency starter in last year's Week 9 loss to the Saints, should now be active on Sunday, but if something happens to Oher, right tackle Mike Remmers would likely slide over to the left. Chris Scott could then fill Remmers' spot with Foucault on standby as additional insurance.
Horton started 15 games last season, but his role has always been more about stopping than run than rushing the passer. The Panthers need as much help as they can get with the latter these days, so Ryan Delaire, who was signed off the Redskins' practice squad this week, could make his NFL debut.