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January 07, 2009

Panthers injury report: It's good

The Panthers' late-season injury crisis on their defensive line appears to be over.

Starting tackles Maake Kemoeatu (ankle) and Damione Lewis (shoulder), who both missed time at the end of the regular season, practiced Wednesday and look to be OK for Saturday's playoff game against Arizona.

Offensive tackle Jeff Otah, who hurt his toe in the regular-season finale at New Orleans, also practiced.

The only player who didn't practice was offensive lineman Geoff Hangartner, who's still recovering from an ankle injury.

Also, Cardinals receiver Anquan Boldin (hamstring) didn't practice Wednesday.

The return of Kemoeatu and Lewis will bolster the Panthers' run defense against an Arizona team that ran the ball effectively last week in a wild-card game against the Atlanta Falcons. -- David Scott

Posted by Observer Sports on January 7, 2009 at 01:16 PM | Permalink



Posted by: Jim | Jan 7, 2009 1:31:15 PM

That's good news...unless you're a Cardinal/Cardinal fan.

Posted by: JanitorDan | Jan 7, 2009 1:36:43 PM

Rumor mill??? Is it true that Julius P. and the boys are getting a rocking chair for the locker room for the old man who turns "34" Saturday?

Posted by: sdcajun | Jan 7, 2009 1:42:19 PM

Rumor mill??? Is it true that Julius P. and the boys are getting a rocking chair for the locker room for the old man who turns "34" Saturday?

Posted by: sdcajun | Jan 7, 2009 1:43:09 PM

That's what I'm talking about!

Posted by: SSGPat | Jan 7, 2009 2:36:17 PM

Rocking Chair? Hell, if Warner doesn't need one, why would Jake?

Posted by: SSGPat | Jan 7, 2009 2:37:45 PM

That is great news. Football is won or lost at the line of scrimmage. Having our all of our starters on the D line and Otah on the O line will be huge for Saturday’s game. It just can’t get here fast enough!!!!

Posted by: J Thomas | Jan 7, 2009 3:26:15 PM

what's the word on "Q"? Have the cards submitted their injury report yet?

Posted by: O B X | Jan 7, 2009 3:50:11 PM

Do we care about Q?

Posted by: SSGPat | Jan 7, 2009 4:03:50 PM

I know I care about Q. And if you have half a brain, you would be interested what his status is too.

Posted by: Dwayne | Jan 7, 2009 4:26:49 PM

Great, if slightly unexpected, news. Hangartner would definitely be my choice if we must be without one of them. Bridges was already splitting time with him before he went down. We just have to hope for no Kalil injury. Bernardeau getting his first significant action in a divisional game would NOT be a good thing.

Uhh, yes, SSG. We DO care about a wideout who has four career 1000-yard seasons and four seven-TD years. The Cards have good wideout depth to step up if he can't go (and I expect he will, if not at 100%), but losing a starter CAN'T be portrayed as a good thing.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Jan 7, 2009 4:27:00 PM

The rest of the country and the Cardinals will know how loud we are at home for a playoff game, and we will make a difference! We are quickly becoming knowledgable fans. No problems with sell outs in Charlotte. GO CATS!

Posted by: jodyf | Jan 7, 2009 5:07:56 PM

Word out of Arizona is that Boldin WILL NOT PRACTICE all week leading up to a GTD on Saturday.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Jan 7, 2009 5:30:51 PM

I get the feeling Boldin will give it a go and be limited. The stakes are too high and he's too much of a gamer to not be out there. Being a Panthers fan and witnessing how tough Smitty is, you have to respect Boldin's toughness as much or maybe more. Regardless the key to this game is Delhomme, the Cards and Warner are gonna get their yards and two to three scores, Jake's got to keep up and keep moving the chains. DeAngelo and J-Stew can't win this game alone. If Delhomme plays close to the way he usually does in January....we'll be fine.

Posted by: Bronx Mike | Jan 7, 2009 6:00:58 PM

ESPN reports boldin missed prax may just be giving him rest here is the link...


Posted by: matt s | Jan 7, 2009 6:05:53 PM

Procton, my point is that they have 3 1000/yd WR. How does losing one of them mean much, especially with their 4th and 5th WRs? They have won without him this season.

Posted by: SSGPat | Jan 7, 2009 7:05:59 PM

Procton, my point is that they have 3 1000/yd WR. How does losing one of them mean much, especially with their 4th and 5th WRs? They have won without him this season.

Posted by: SSGPat | Jan 7, 2009 7:06:22 PM

SSG don't even try to rebut anything Procton says. He is almighty and his opinion is infallible.

However, just for ##### and giggles, I will voice my opinion, which is that I agree with you. This game will not be decided based on whether Boldin plays. He dominated in his last game against us and we still won. The key to the game is that AZ can't duplicate their defensive performance from last week and shut down our run game. If they play like they normally do, D-Will and Stewart DEFINITELY can win this game by themselves.

Posted by: Steve | Jan 7, 2009 7:25:04 PM

I think having Boldin in there makes a difference. If he's 100%, he's easily their best receiver. So he makes a difference. And, if he's not 100% and tries to give it a go anyway, it's possible he may wind up limiting his team by being as sharp or productive as Breaston or one of the other backups could have been if they'd seen more playing time in his stead. So, he could make a negative difference, too, depending on his health.

Personally, I look for two things to decide this game:

One, how well will Arizona's defense be able to duplicate what they did to Michael Turner and the Atlanta Falcons? I feel like our offensive line (when healthy) is more dominant than Atlanta's...and our tandem of backs (in Williams and Stewart) are more explosive (with 30 TD's on the year between them, many coming off long runs). If Arizona's defense can't contain our running game, we control the clock and keep Kurt Warner and his three 1,000-yd WRs off the field.

Secondly, how well will Carolina's defense hold Arizona to three-and-outs? If we get them in 3rd and long, can we close the deal and keep Warner from dissecting us in the passing game? If we can't get off the field, that means our offense doesn't get the chance to go back out there and control the clock.

Lastly, and I think this really goes without saying...turnovers could be a huge factor in this game. If Jake throws a bunch of picks, we're in trouble. And if we can force some fumbles or pick off Warner, that gets the ball back into our offense's hands without our defense having to cover receivers all day long.

Just my two or three-cents,

Posted by: NSpicer | Jan 7, 2009 8:40:44 PM

You Goobers are a testy bunch! I simply asked if we had heard his status. I never said the game hinged around Boldin. I was just curious. Settle down and save your edginess for the game. Bottle up your anger for now, then let it pour Saturday night.
By the way, is Boldin playing ?

Posted by: O B X | Jan 7, 2009 8:43:36 PM

Boldin is getting rest this week. He will test it before the game and decide then.

My money says he tries. What happens then is uncertain.

Posted by: SSGPat | Jan 7, 2009 9:07:29 PM

I didn't imply that the game WOULD be decided by Boldin's status. But him missing the game would be nothing but a good thing for us and a bad thing for them. If Boldin goes down, he's replaced by Breaston, who isn't as good as Boldin, and then Breaston is replaced by Urban, who isn't as good as Breaston. And who is this tremendous #5 wideout you refer to? Sean Morey, who plays almost strictly on special teams, or Early Doucet, who isn't even reliable enough to do that?

Neil, I think it's tough to portray Boldin as a better player than Fitzgerald. Fitz is a better deep threat and red zone threat, and he takes better care of the ball. The one place Boldin might have an advantage is as a rusher on a reverse.

Finally, Boldin isn't exactly on a holiday. It's DANGEROUS for him to practice; he could easily go from questionable to out, and they at least want to give him a chance on Saturday. However, I see him definitely suiting up, albeit not at (or probably even near) 100%.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Jan 8, 2009 12:50:15 PM

we should put lucas on bolden,double fitsgerald and hope breaston doent have a career day.better yet double breston and fitz.single up on boldin unless he stats killing us.

Posted by: ray | Jan 9, 2009 5:16:32 PM

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