After the New England Patriots swooped in and claimed injured running back Tyler Gaffney off waivers, a move that some would call a violation of an unwritten rule, Panthers head coach Ron Rivera is voicing his displeasure.
The Pats' move surprised Rivera, although New England has done this before - three times since 2010 to be exact; most notably in 2012 when the Giants tried sneak injured TE Jake Ballard past waivers.
“Wow, that was a tough one,” Rivera said, via Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer. “It was surprising because we had him slated to have surgery and all that. New England, I knew they liked him coming out of the draft. So they made a move.
“I’m disappointed. You’d love to be able to keep him, but you had to make a move and that’s where we are... “I’m not sure what their plans are going to be and how they’re going to do it,” Rivera said. “But our plan obviously was to do the surgery and put him on IR.”