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September 29, 2011

Gamble misses practice; could miss Bears game

Cornerback Chris Gamble missed practice again Thursday due to a concussion and head coach Ron Rivera is less optimistic about the Panthers' No. 1 cornerback being able to play Sunday at Chicago.

Rivera said Gamble will be reevaluated Friday before a determination is made about his availability against the Bears.

"I'm disappointed. He was feeling better the other day and we thought he might have turned the corner," Rivera said.

"Unfortunately, he didn't feel well today. So we'll continue to follow protocol. We'll see how it goes."

Already this season, tackle Jeff Otah and safety Charles Godfrey have missed games while dealing with concussions. Rivera had been optimistic neither would miss a game but both were out one game.

"I'm hoping (Gamble) bucks the trend. I really do," Rivera said. "He's having a good season. He's playing very well for us, doing things we need him to do. If there's a chance, I'd love to have him play. If not, I understand."

If he plays, Gamble would likely be matched up against Bears wide receiver Roy Williams.

Should Gamble be unable to play, Rivera said Darius Butler will start in his place. Butler was a waiver claim from New England earlier this season. He was a second-draft pick in 2009.

"Darius is not a young guy that hasn't played," Rivera said. "This guy's played, and he's played some major football, obviously and has been a starter and done some great things and big things. So I'm not concerned at all."

-- Ron Green Jr.

Posted by Observer Sports on September 29, 2011 at 04:28 PM | Permalink

Comments

Otah blows

Posted by: BM | Sep 29, 2011 6:50:23 PM

Otah blows

Posted by: BM | Sep 29, 2011 6:50:23 PM

Otah blows

Posted by: BM | Sep 29, 2011 6:50:23 PM

Otah blows

Posted by: BM | Sep 29, 2011 6:50:23 PM

Otah blows

Posted by: BM | Sep 29, 2011 6:50:23 PM

Otah blows

Posted by: BM | Sep 29, 2011 6:50:23 PM

We all want our teams to be competitive, but I'm glad they are careful when it comes to concussions.

Posted by: Sports Phan | Sep 29, 2011 7:09:04 PM

Would like to see Darius come into his own! He played well last game.

Posted by: Kev03 | Sep 29, 2011 9:12:00 PM

BM= STUPID!!!

Posted by: DL | Sep 30, 2011 8:45:33 AM

i'm waiting for that moment that the amount of passing we've done makes the running game that much more effective.........if they knew going in they weren't going to run the ball, why give williams all that money?

Posted by: charlottean | Sep 30, 2011 10:28:18 AM

BM BLOWS

Posted by: james | Sep 30, 2011 12:16:22 PM

Go to H E double hockey sticks BM. Otah dominates! Panthers 24 Da Bears 21

Posted by: PanthersFan | Sep 30, 2011 12:40:41 PM

charlottean,

Insurance in case we couldn't throw the ball....

I'm glad all of these "restrictions" on leading with your helmet on tackles, more focus on player safety with increased time in diagnosis/prognosis/recovery, and redesigned helmets have cut down the number of concussions..... It's good to see concussions are taken more seriously by the NFL in general (players, coaches, owners, and league officials), but at then end of the day, the underlying problem is still here. Only the timeframe to play again has been extended......need to stop/limit the concussions from happening in the first place. Now I appreciate a bone crushing takcle as much as the next guy and understand players have played like this since pee wee league, but at the risk of losing a good player for 2, 3, 4 games it's not worth it. I'd rather see good solid tackling and have that player in every game not one vicious hit to be played on NFL highlights for a week and be reading about "expected to be out/might play" yada yada..... If the players are too stupid or stubborn to change then maybe we should go back to the leather helmets! Let's see the Harrison's of the league do what they do now with some leather. Guarantee they will only do it once. Not sure if the players really believe in their equipment or just want to prove something (and pay the price) but it's probably a little bit of both. Bottom line up front, concussions hurt more than just the player getting them......

Posted by: thetruth | Sep 30, 2011 1:07:27 PM

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