It’s about time – Carolina Panthers wide receiver David Gettis hasn’t seen any live game action since starting 15 games during his rookie season in 2010.
The Panthers were hopeful for Gettis to return this season following an ACL tear prior to the start of 2011. Hamstring troubles delayed his return to the field this summer, forcing Carolina to place Gettis on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list, meaning the Panthers couldn’t activate him until after week six of the regular season.
Well, it’s week 10 and Gettis will finally get to return to the field this Sunday, when the Panthers face-off against the Denver Broncos and former head coach John Fox.
A right shoulder injury to wide receiver/returner Kealoha Pilares in week nine doomed his season to the IR, allowing the Panthers to get Gettis back into action for this Sunday.
Gettis was a sixth-round draft pick in the 2010 NFL draft and after a productive rookie campaign; Carolina had hopes for the receiver to become a third or possible second option for quarterback Cam Newton in 2011.
Gettis’ ACL injury changed all of that, forcing the Panthers to look elsewhere for a third receiver.
However, the big news now surrounding the return of Gettis is whether he and Newton will find common ground on the field and become a dominant quarterback/receiver duo.
Gettis has the ability to make plays, and the two have never played together in live action. Maybe, just maybe, Gettis is the weapon Newton has been looking for all along.
Robert Kester, Carolina Panthers Columnist. Contact @robertkester1