Domenik Hixon ‘felt good,’ but Panthers coaches left him inactive

jjones@charlotteobserver.comSeptember 9, 2013 

— Wide receiver Domenik Hixon said he felt ready to go Sunday before he was placed on the inactive list by Panthers coaches.

“I felt good, but decisions are not for me to make,” Hixon said Monday. “I went out and ran and it kept on feeling better and better. I felt like I was ready.”

Hixon has been battling a hamstring injury for more than a month. It’s an injury that allowed him to play just once in the preseason after Carolina brought him in this offseason with the hope he would become the team’s No.3 wideout.

Sunday against Seattle, Carolina had just four active wide receivers, and Steve Smith and Ted Ginn Jr. were the only receivers officially targeted. Brandon LaFell had two passes come his way on plays that were negated by penalties.

Armanti Edwards played just one snap – a designed quarterback draw. Coach Ron Rivera said Edwards could have been used in an emergency, but with Edwards also coming off a hamstring strain, the team wanted to be careful.

“He’s still there doing the things that we’re asking,” Rivera said. “The concern is putting him out there and not having something negative happen. So the idea was to see if we got in a situation where we had to have him out there, we would have put him out there. Going forward, I’d like to believe he’s going to be 100percent this week and he’ll be more in the rotation.”

Armond’s misstep: Reserve running back and special teams gunner Armond Smith was flagged for penalties twice on punts, but his coach disagreed with one call.

On his first penalty, Smith was forced out of bounds by members of Seattle’s return team. Referee Jeff Triplette said Smith did not attempt to get back to the field of play at a reasonable angle and penalized Carolina 15 yards.

On the next punt, Smith voluntarily stepped out of bounds before establishing himself back in the field of play. That drew a 5-yard flag.

“The second one that was called was (Smith’s) mistake,” Rivera said. “He went to make a move to get away, I think he was anticipating getting jammed, he stepped out of bounds … on his own.

“The other one I’m not sure I agree with. I think he fought, got taken out of bounds but was trying to angle back in. I’ll ask the league for a clarification on the rule. According to ref, that’s what he saw and that’s why he called it.”

Stat change: The Panthers went from 124 rushing yards to 134 rushing yards in Sunday’s game overnight.

Upon further review of the official stats, Carolina was not credited with a 10-yard rush by DeAngelo Williams midway through the fourth quarter. Seattle’s Kam Chancellor drew a personal foul for unnecessary roughness, and originally the play was negated.

The stats were updated Monday to reflect the 10-yard rush with the 15-yard penalty added to the end of the run.

Injury settlement: The team reached an injury settlement with safety D.J. Campbell, moving him off the team’s injured reserve and allowing Carolina to potentially re-sign him this year.

The Panthers had by the end of Monday to reach a settlement with Campbell to be able to re-sign him this year if he's available.

Campbell, a 2012 seventh-round pick from Cal, injured a leg during the final exhibition. He was waived/injured Aug.31 in the final round of cuts.

Staff writer Joseph Person contributed.

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