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November 17, 2010

Adding injuries to the insults

The injuries are starting to pile up as quickly as the losses for the Carolina Panthers.

A week after losing their starting quarterback and middle linebacker to season-ending injuries, the Panthers placed starting tailback and leading rusher DeAngelo Williams on injured reserved Wednesday with a sprained left foot.

Williams, who went down in the fourth quarter against San Francisco game on Oct. 24, is just one of a dozen injured players for the Panthers.

The most notable: QBs Matt Moore (torn labrum, out for season) and Jimmy Clausen (concussion), LBs Dan Connor (fractured hip, out for season) and Jon Beason (knee), starting OL Travelle Wharton (turf toe), rookie WR Brandon LaFell (concussion) and RB Jonathan Stewart (concussion).

In addition, OL Jeff Otah (knee) was placed on IR last week.

It has made a tough situation almost impossible for a young Panthers team – second only to Tampa Bay in terms of youth -- that began the season with little margin for error.

“We started off a little thin, and we stayed healthy for some time. And then over the last couple of weeks the injury bug has bit us,” Panthers coach John Fox said. “We’ll just move on. It’ll be a next man up approach.”

The injuries mean the Panthers could start their fourth-team tailback and third- or fourth-string quarterback Sunday against Baltimore, which boasts the NFL’s sixth-ranked defense.

Fox, who is notoriously tight-lipped on injuries, said rookie Tony Pike or journeyman pick-up Brian St. Pierre would likely start against the Ravens. If Fox is saying that, it must not look good for Clausen, who did not practice Wednesday after developing post-concussion symptoms after last week’s game at Tampa.

St. Pierre, who has attempted five passes in seven NFL seasons, is that rare veteran in the Panthers’ locker room.

“I’m only 30, but I feel ancient on this team,” he said.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on November 17, 2010 at 03:45 PM | Permalink

Comments

This upcoming game against the Ravens is looking bad...really bad.

Posted by: Tribal | Nov 17, 2010 4:05:05 PM

Panthers are looking like one of those upstart United Football League teams with the replacements they are picking up. Maybe they can play the Las Vegas Locomotives or Virginia Destroyers and come out with a 'W'.

Posted by: Nosebleed fan | Nov 17, 2010 4:20:55 PM

Do players get paid less when they are on injured reserve? I would guess they get their guaranteed money, but they miss out on a lot of the bonuses.

If that's the case, the personnel department has an incentive to put them on injured reserve, even if they could possibly play. Because why not? It's a lost season anyway. Might as well save cash where you can, even if that means you're not really putting your best team on the field. The fans assume the player is injured, and so they don't get pissed.

Seems like a smart strategy to me.

Posted by: Jon | Nov 17, 2010 4:26:30 PM

i think its the right move to shut guys down especially guys that aren't under contract next year. not just for their benefit but also to see what their backups are capable of. seeing that mike goodson may or may not be capable of taking over for williams to pair with stewart in the future is far more valuable than seeing if williams can play on a bad foot.

goodson is hard to read, he's got incredible gifts physically but he makes horrible decisions on a regular basis. it's hard to decipher if that's youth or if that's his brain. you can't really make a 24 or 25 year old smart all of a sudden. guys can get sharper with more experience, but in his case i just don't think it's going to happen. but now atleast we will have the opportunity to look at it the rest of the season.

the unfortunate are the younger guys like clausen, lafell, conner, even otah and stewart. these guys can definitely use reps. this is nothing like '04 when the injuries were the cause of the record. i think this is more the record is the cause of the injuries. not to suggest that guys are faking it but to suggest that guys are much quicker to shut it down since there's nothing to play for other than a check and a draft pick.

Posted by: charlottean | Nov 17, 2010 4:50:03 PM

if pierre plays qb before edwards. goodbye psl's you can keep them for free.

Posted by: joe cool | Nov 17, 2010 8:38:50 PM

Jon, they get their full salary, but many players' contracts have insurance policies taken out on them by the team, particularly in the case of players who have been hurt before like Otah and Connor. So basically, they get their pay, and Jerry keeps even more of the money he's so reluctant to spend on making the team to even quasi-competitive. this year.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Nov 18, 2010 2:46:56 AM

App St. people are Dumb.

Furman =/= Baltimore Ravens

Posted by: Mike C | Nov 18, 2010 6:31:30 AM

Maybe Ray Lewis would agree to play with one arm tied behind his back.

Posted by: BlindFaith | Nov 18, 2010 9:07:38 AM

Maybe Ray Lewis would agree to play with one arm tied behind his back.

Posted by: BlindFaith | Nov 18, 2010 9:07:39 AM

I think Marty Hurney and the rest of his minions should play in a Panther game so they could see what if feels liked to get their asses kicked around.

Oh, I forgot Hurney never played football. He was just your typical jock sniffing sports writer.

Go figure.

Posted by: george | Nov 18, 2010 9:37:01 AM

I think Marty Hurney and the rest of his minions should play in a Panther game so they could see what if feels liked to get their asses kicked around.

Oh, I forgot Hurney never played football. He was just your typical jock sniffing sports writer.

Go figure.

Posted by: george | Nov 18, 2010 9:38:15 AM

I think Marty Hurney and the rest of his minions should play in a Panther game so they could see what if feels liked to get their asses kicked around.

Oh, I forgot Hurney never played football. He was just your typical jock sniffing sports writer.

Go figure.

Posted by: george | Nov 18, 2010 9:38:15 AM

The "Hex of the Black Cat" strikes again! Remove those statues before the stadium falls in!

Posted by: panfan1 | Nov 18, 2010 9:52:00 AM

edwards deserves a shot before st. pierre. he's got a far better shot at turning into something worth keeping and he's also somebody we just invested a 2nd round pick in.

somebody in the organization is thinking st. pierre might be a delhomme part 2 and he might be but let him fall in line with the others. pike, then edwards, then st. pierre.

and we all know furman =/= ravens. neither do any of the teams st. pierre has played against.

Posted by: charlottean | Nov 18, 2010 12:29:12 PM

It's funny to see all the App State comments. I didn't finish at App State, I am not an App State fan, but COME ON, how on Earth does a guy they JUST pick up get activated and get ahead of Edwards on the depth chart???? I truly for the life of me DO NOT understand why this young man IS NOT given a chance??? Is St Pierre or whoever really better than him? Is Pike really better than him? WHY DO YOU MOVE UP TO DRAFT A GUY AND THEN ALLOW HIM TO SIT ON THE BENCH!!!! The Panthers front office are a bunch or MORONS!!

Posted by: D.W.G. | Nov 18, 2010 1:01:32 PM

I was just reading another blog and noticed....


Posted by: Michael Procton | Nov 16, 2010 4:09:41 PM

What about Armanti Edwards? I watched Michael Vick last night and I wondered why the Panthers passed when Vick was interested in coming to Charlotte. I know that Armanti Edwards is not Michael Vick, but would Michael Vick be "Michael Vick" if he had been put at wide receiver?

Posted by: Michael Procton | Nov 18, 2010 2:46:56 AM

App St. people are Dumb.

Furman =/= Baltimore Ravens

SOOO what excatly is your position on AE because unless I am reading this incorrectly I am confused, or maybe just you are.

Posted by: VT2010 | Nov 18, 2010 2:01:07 PM

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