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October 11, 2011

Panthers not planning to add a linebacker

With Omar Gaither getting a more optimistic prognosis on his knee injury than originally thought, the Panthers have no immediate plans to sign another linebacker.

Gaither left Sunday's game against New Orleans in the first half after landing awkwardly and tweaking his knee. The Charlotte native and former Myers Park standout was diagnosed with a sprained MCL and bone bruise.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Monday that Gaither would likely miss two to four weeks, but Gaither told reporters later he felt good and thought he would be able to play sooner.

While Gaither's availability for this week's game at Atlanta is still uncertain, the fact that he will avoid going on injured reserve is good news for a defense that already has lost starting linebackers Jon Beason and Thomas Davis to season-ending injuries.

Gaither, who spent his first five seasons in Philadelphia, has eight tackles this season while being used primarily in passing situations.

--Joseph Person


Posted by Observer Sports on October 11, 2011 at 03:55 PM | Permalink


Will there be a Panthers season where injuries do not harm us that bad? I believe if Beason was not injured and so was Davis we would be having a few more wins. We need help still with defensive line. We still have a problem with stopping TE's. I believe in this Coaching staff though. :) Go Panthers!

Posted by: NY Pantherfan | Oct 11, 2011 4:10:53 PM

Why would we sign another LB? We can get the same mediocrity out of any of our backups that we got out of Gaither.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Oct 11, 2011 4:53:36 PM

Aaron curry

Posted by: nick | Oct 11, 2011 5:20:10 PM

trade jimmy for curry!

Posted by: joe cool | Oct 11, 2011 5:36:18 PM

trade jimmy for curry!

Posted by: joe cool | Oct 11, 2011 5:36:19 PM

Procton is the poster child for birth control.

Posted by: jay | Oct 11, 2011 7:53:59 PM

Why wouldn't the Cats be taken a serious at A. Curry. If nothing else he has the size and speed to stay with those big TE's that have been matchup nightmares for the majority of NFL teams this season. He is a former top pick that should be available for cheap. The Panthers still have to make deals like this to continue to make up for all the dumb deals and drafts the have been doing lately. Giving Beason and Davis all that money when they are injury-prone. Even though, the team's heart was in the right place, still is a mistake that must be accounted for.

Posted by: moboythunder | Oct 11, 2011 9:28:14 PM

Procton is a nasty li'l nerd who knows nothing and lives in mommie's basement! He is a cowpile fan.

Posted by: really? | Oct 11, 2011 9:45:30 PM

@ moboythunder

Beason injury prone?????

He got hurt playing in his 65th consecutive game!!! But Hey, don't let the facts get in the way of your comments!!

Posted by: jason wilmington | Oct 11, 2011 11:00:49 PM

You guys are gonna need all the yall can get for sunday's game..remember what happened both times last year Falcons 31 Panthers 10..Haha Go Falcons

Posted by: falconsfan1 | Oct 12, 2011 12:12:00 AM

The reality is that this team will keep losing until they get people who are competent in the game of football. I don't understand it, how D-Will only got 9 carries, your talking about really a top 10 RB in this league, and he is splitting the load? Why? Why now when Stew is 24? His time will come, but D-WIll just signed a monster deal... USE HIM, and don't take him out in goal line situations, it makes no sense, that diva Newton is a glory hog, and he will continue to lose, this team will continue to lose until they learn to control and slow down the game by giving D-Will AT LEAST 18 carries PER GAME... That's what smart coaching is, I HOPE you Observer writers and reporters let the coach know this and I hope someone tells D-Will he needs to demand the ball, that's right, DEMAND the ball, he is a play maker and the best player on this team... Run the ball, control the game, and make this man earn his contract... Name me one team that has won the super bowl with RBs splitting the carries? Winners have a work horse... Get D-Will the ball and you mix it in with Newton throwing the ball, the play action works better, you tire the defense, and you control the game better... I understand it's a passing league, but running the ball is still the biggest key...

Posted by: JC | Oct 12, 2011 1:54:50 AM

john fox?? is that you there? Nice try. If we need to worry about anything its Defense.

Posted by: zach | Oct 12, 2011 9:20:04 AM

@JC -

Giants won the superbowl in 2007 with Jacobs (14 carries, 42 yards) and Bradshaw (9 carries, 45 yards) splitting carries. No more talk out of you is necessary.

Posted by: Joey | Oct 12, 2011 9:25:07 AM

KCUF Procton

Posted by: Proctons a Loser | Oct 12, 2011 9:36:28 AM

IF there was ever a time to trade for Curry, now would be the time. Tavaris Jackson is hurt and they need a QB. Is Clausen the long term answer for them, no, but he has the most experience of anyone that they could pick up. As long as we dont need to send a draft pick over as well, this allows both teams to get rid of players they do not want.

Posted by: JD | Oct 12, 2011 9:58:56 AM

Add Quan Sturdivant at LB until Omar can play.

Posted by: Deacon | Oct 12, 2011 10:09:52 AM



BUSH - 5
BELL - 1


Posted by: PANTHERFAN4LIFE | Oct 12, 2011 5:21:05 PM

JC: What's the difference if Newton or Williams carries into the end zone? Sounds like somebody has Dwill on their fantasy team. And as far as splitting the carries goes, if Dwill were to take all the abuse, he would not be able to play out his contract. The dude has a toooon of touches between the college level and the pro's. So splitting between him and Stewart makes perfect sense!

Posted by: Mike | Oct 13, 2011 9:30:25 AM

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