I've said it before I'll say it again: this is the sneaky story line under the steaming pile of crap- steve smith, hardy, and injuries.
We all overlooked this surgery, and apparently Cam did too.
Zod's evidence is that he is running around pregame goofing off which is all fine and good, but is 100% less intense and less psychologically challenging than playing in an NFL game. It probably doesn't hurt to walk around on, but getting twisted to the ground by a 300 pound man will get the job done.
I love Cam and will never question either his: toughness, love for the game, or commitment to winning. This post isn't about that.
Right now things might look bad, but we're all focusing on stuff that is going to (eventually) go away/get resolved. But if Cam does serious damage to his ankle - very possible with all the hits he is taking- things go from marginally bad to nuclear. Cam's health is paramount to this franchise's future.
Throw in a fluke rib injury and I'm not surprised the coaching staff is hellbent on Cam staying in the pocket. The problem there is- our offense line isn't creating a pocket.
For all of you with their PhD we have:
healing ankle of the pillar of our franchise + possibly the worst Panther's offensive line ever = bad.
Let's all hope this young offensive line improves exponentially as the season progresses.