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December 31, 2009

Crunching injury numbers

Injuries have played a key role for the Panthers this season. Here are the numbers:

-- Fourteen starters have missed at least one game (that'll go to 15 Sunday when Steve Smith misses the Saints game). That includes the defensive-tackle spot of Maake Kemoeatu, who went out in the preseason. Replacements Louis Leonard and Nick Hayden have been hurt playing there, too.

-- Starters have missed a total of 55 games.

-- Thirteen players are either on injured reserve or are out for the season (Steve Smith), including eight starters (defensive back Nate Salley was later released). That includes two – linebacker Landon Johnson and Leonard, who were starting in place of players who were already on injured reserve.

-- Including Kemoeatu, the Panthers have had four guys listed as starters at that one defensive tackle position at various times this season (also Hayden, Leonard and Hollis Thomas) because of injury. -- David Scott

Posted by Observer Sports on December 31, 2009 at 11:02 AM | Permalink

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