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November 15, 2009

Clarifying, updating: Gross out for the season

Just verified, and didn't want to report it without doing so, that left tackle Jordan Gross is out for the season with his broken right ankle. He'll go on injured reserve and the Panthers will have to add someone to the roster to fill his spot.

-- Charles Chandler

Posted by Observer Sports on November 15, 2009 at 05:42 PM | Permalink


DAGGER-one of the best in the league. Too bad-get well soon Jordan.

Posted by: ChunkyLover519 | Nov 15, 2009 5:52:12 PM

I think we all pretty much knew as soon as we saw the replay...sucks

Posted by: Chris | Nov 15, 2009 5:55:25 PM

All our best players are getting hurt, we will wind up finishing the season with 2nd stringers....

Posted by: Cameron | Nov 15, 2009 6:01:20 PM

Get well soon Gross.They have to step up and keep rolling,injuries are a part of the game.I don't think they loose much with Wharton moving to tackle,he played it for four years in colledge and was good enough to get drafted at that position.

Posted by: dee gray | Nov 15, 2009 6:11:15 PM

What's funny is the season-ending injuries seem to be striking our best players. I guess we're lucky we didn't lose Steve Smith today.

Posted by: Authority | Nov 15, 2009 6:16:01 PM

Make no mistake, this is huge. Moving Wharton back out to tackle is not a good thing, it wasn't working at all two years ago. I'd love to be wrong, but I doubt he learned how to play much better at left tackle while lined up at the left guard spot. Big loss.

Posted by: BigMikey | Nov 15, 2009 6:17:35 PM

Losing Gross sucks, but look at what an injury did for our secondary; it gave Sherrod Martin a chance to show what he's got, and he's done great. We also found a guy to fill Kemo's space. Who knows, maybe they find another diamond in the rough...

Posted by: Richard | Nov 15, 2009 6:18:53 PM

Wow. That hurts. A week after Thomas Davis. ... I think his absence was felt during the first half of the game at least, with Turner having some success running up the middle ... Gross is a huge deal ... I'm no fairweather fan though, and it ain't over till it's over, so keep fighting!!! GO PANTHERS!

Posted by: BEAT MIAMI BEAT MIAMI | Nov 15, 2009 6:19:58 PM

This season is feeling a lot like the 2004 season, after they went to the Super Bowl. A lot of key players got hurt and the team got off to a horrible start(0-3 for this team and 1-7 for that team) but they continue to fight because of the character they have and that says a lot about John Fox. Look at the standings folks, we're only one game out of the wild card. ONE GAME! We can still make it. This team has a lot of heart.

Posted by: Reid | Nov 15, 2009 6:40:12 PM

Fans really need to evaluate everything going forward...no matter how the rest of the season plays out. We are 4-5, which is actually pretty amazing considering the relative strength of our schedule and the amount of injuries we have substained since training camp. The staff has done a really good job keeping the team together and fighting, no matter what. I thought that we were toast after the first three games. But 4-2 since the bye is not too bad at all. Fox, although overly conservative at times, is a good coach. We will never chuck the ball up and down the field with him, but we win.

Good luck to Gross with his recovery and hopefully the Panthers D can stop the Wildcat. We sure did not handle it well in preseason...but we were a much different defense.

Posted by: Big Boi | Nov 15, 2009 6:53:51 PM

This is a bigger lost than TD and TD is a big lost. We have to pull someone else to play and hopefully we will not lose anyone else. If we keep finding these diamonds in the rough, we will have a stacked team next year.

Posted by: Panthers2003 | Nov 15, 2009 6:54:16 PM

4-5 with giants, falcons 5-4 and eagles, packers about to be. it's completely do'able if a couple teams get steve smithed.

Posted by: charlottean | Nov 15, 2009 7:01:20 PM

Gross's loss is huge, but this team has no realistic shot at the playoffs anyway. But it is good to see them not mailing it in. Get well, Mr. Gross and we'll see you at training camp next year.

Posted by: Panther Dan | Nov 15, 2009 7:04:53 PM

big mikey and panther dan....you are idiots

looks like everyone in the nfc is awful..

Posted by: Dave | Nov 15, 2009 7:21:02 PM

Sorry to hear Gross is out for the remainder of the year...Ugh...

Good Luck with your recovery Jordan, you will be missed

Posted by: Jennifer | Nov 15, 2009 7:24:56 PM

I know it's early, but do you think that Duke Robinson will get promoted to the starting lineup? While I don't always agree with draft analyst's comments, Duke was apparently a steal and is a big body. Maybe he can step up like Sherrod has, who by the way should officially be our starting free safety. Try Godfrey at corner when he gets healthy, we could use his size. Good luck Jordan and Thomas on speedy and healthy recoveries, and as always Lets Go Panthers!

Posted by: Nick | Nov 15, 2009 7:59:08 PM

I just hope these injuries to Gross and TD don't carry over much into next season... TD's almost certainly should as the recovery time for a torn ACL is usually close to a full year. We could be short bodies all the way into next year's training camp.

Posted by: appstategrad2008 | Nov 15, 2009 8:07:56 PM

All I can say it's not even the Madden curse.

Posted by: Scott | Nov 15, 2009 8:15:12 PM

The replay was hard to watch but I hope he get well soon.

Posted by: Trey Griffin | Nov 16, 2009 12:10:37 AM

i love how the curse is only affecting polamalu and not fitzgerald... unless ofcourse its affecting troy for the 1st half and larry the second half

Posted by: meee | Nov 16, 2009 12:31:30 AM

Dave....I'm an idiot, because the rest of the NFC is awful? Now there's groundbreaking logic and commentary! Newsflash, chief, losing our most important O-lineman at the most important spot on the line is a big loss, no matter how bad the rest of the conference may be. Offer up something besides your waning cheap beer buzz next time. Thanks for playing.

Posted by: BigMikey | Nov 16, 2009 4:13:19 AM

Screw him and his ego... contract negotiating piece of *&$%!!! Problem is, Wharton is marginal at LT, and their depth has been deplteted this offseason thanks to the Gross/Poopers combo!

Posted by: SYRPIS | Nov 16, 2009 6:24:47 AM

"The play call looked conservative, but turned out big: Jonathan Stewart took a handoff to the left side, burst into the secondary and rambled 45 yards for the game-clinching touchdown." --- Yeah, it was conservative, but why give them any real credit, right???

And it's about time Jake woke up. I guess he had to wait until things looked dismal (as far as playoff hopes and expectations) before he gave it some serious effort, evident by how he ran with the ball when he couldn't find anyone open. He did become ineffective in the second half though. I guess having a game lead is like kryptonite to him--- or more like what cholrine is to bacteria (the last thing I want to do is compare his on-field performances to Superman).

It would be great to get revenge on Dan Henning Thursday. It would be also be fantastic to watch them go to Foxboro and humble the Paper Champions once again! Hopefully, by then, the team will be behind again so Jake can have a good performance.

Posted by: SYRPIS | Nov 16, 2009 6:44:06 AM

The Dolphins' wildcat took a hit yesterday. Ronnie Brown went out with a sprained ankle, so hopefully that'll help Thursday night. I didn't get to watch the game yesterday, but it was interesting Jake was doing the play-calling. Maybe he can replace Davidson/Fox...somebody needs to.

Posted by: Ron | Nov 16, 2009 10:09:49 AM

will there be local television coverage for those of us without the NFL network for this week's game against Miami

Posted by: aaron | Nov 16, 2009 11:37:53 AM

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