Panthers DT Maake Kemoeatu is making progress in his recovery from two surgeries to repair his torn Achilles, which caused him to miss the '09 season, and plans to play in '10.
"Everything's going great, but it's very painful for him," Kemoeatu's agent, Ken Vierra, told the Rock Hill Herald. "They're working him pretty hard. Right now, he's got to pay the price. He's getting the musculature back, breaking up the scar tissue, and that's a painful process."
Vierra said Kemoeatu is "several weeks" away from jogging on a treadmill, though. And Kemoeatu is due a $9.3 million bonus next month, which would trigger a contract extension through the '14 season. If the team passes on that extension, as expected, he will be due $4.3 million next year. ...