TEMPE, Ariz. -- When we last caught up with offensive lineman Jeremy Bridges three weeks ago two weeks before the Cardinals waived him it was clear he was unhappy the team had chosen to place him on injured reserve Sept. 2 with torn thumb ligaments that required surgery.
Bridges was certain he would be able to come back by midseason, and that has proven true. The Cards reached an injury settlement with Bridges last week and then waived him, making him a free agent. Carolina signed Bridges on Tuesday to help its struggling offensive line, which surrendered seven sacks during Sunday's 36-14 loss to the Denver Broncos. The seven sacks tied for the third-most allowed in team history.
Bridges, 32, played for the Panthers from 2006-08, starting 28 games.
When Cardinals training camp opened in August, Bridges was believed to be the leader to start at right tackle, with rookie Bobby Massie and DAnthony Batiste in the mix, but by the middle of preseason, Batiste had supplanted Bridges f...