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November 21, 2011

Johnson, Hardy, Gaither among aching Panthers

In addition to the lingering emotional soreness from their 49-35 loss to the Detroit Lions Sunday, the Panthers are dealing with plenty of physical aches and pains as well.

Defensive end Charles Johnson underwent an MRI Monday to determine the extent of a possible shoulder injury after taking a hard shot in his back during the game. Johnson appeared to be uncomfortable on the field in the latter stages of the game against the Lions.

Greg Hardy, the Panthers' other starting defensive end, suffered a twisted ankle but head coach Ron Rivera said it did not appear to be serious.

Linebacker Omar Gaither tweaked a knee injury that kept him out of two games in October while linebacker James Anderson is still dealing with a sore ankle.

Rivera said he expects to know more about the possible status of linebacker Dan Connor (neck) and tight end Jeremy Shockey (ribs) on Wednesday. Both missed the Detroit game due to their injuries.

Posted by Observer Sports on November 21, 2011 at 01:45 PM | Permalink


So the injury bug, having run out of linebackers to plague, has started moving forward to the defensive ends.

Time to make some sacrifices to Jobu.

Posted by: Authority | Nov 21, 2011 2:53:53 PM

Remember a couple years ago when the Giants ran out of LB's and through their playoff push they had guys they signed just days before the Playoff game actually start?

Amazon how some teams overcome while others make excuses.

Posted by: PSL OWNER (stupid me). | Nov 21, 2011 3:21:50 PM

So you can get players from Amazon?

Posted by: Real Panther | Nov 21, 2011 3:39:09 PM

plenty of hurney's second and third round busts are currently available on Amazon!

Posted by: joe cool | Nov 21, 2011 3:49:37 PM

Yeah Real Panther, every knowledgeable football fan knows that a team can just order what player they need e.g. LB, DT, WR etc.,,on Amazon.com. It's simply Amazon how easy it is.

Seriously, injuries are part of the game every team in the NFL has to deal with them, some teams have more than others, Good teams overcome and adapt their game plans while adjusting their line-ups and find a way to win games. Not so good teams lose games while stressing their injury concerns every chance they get.

Posted by: Out of town Panther fan | Nov 21, 2011 4:07:41 PM

We should have kept Peppers.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Nov 21, 2011 4:10:43 PM

Why worry? We will win 3 games, be second in the draft, find a way to screw upt hat pick, continue "building from within", and by this time next year, will be in the same situation.

It is not a player issue. It is an ownership/management issue. Namely, we have a senile owner and a GM that is milking that cow until he is laid out to pasture.

The Kitty Kats will never be competetive in the NFL until Jerry is gone. That is FACT.

Posted by: CLTisNOTready | Nov 21, 2011 4:59:30 PM

Ha...God knows that wasn't me. Peppers was, is, and always has been an overrated, over-paid piece of crap. After he signed that ridiculous contract, he's on pace for his second-straight single-digit sack season despite the $20,000,000+ they've paid him over the last two years. Julius Peppers was the LAST thing this team needed, and they erred in letting Richardson force them to keep him instead of trading him while they could.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Nov 21, 2011 5:05:37 PM

Sherrod Martin! I mean REALLY?

Posted by: stork302 | Nov 21, 2011 5:32:03 PM

If Martin and Gamble aren't carefull, they're gonna get hurt trying to stay away from all those tackles and stuff. OOOOOOOLLEEEEE!

Posted by: stork302 | Nov 21, 2011 5:36:13 PM

who said the P word! If Davis can come back move him back to safety and let him knock the crap out of people or sign Laron Landry I think he's a free agent. We need to get bigger and it looks like a 3-4 next year. New bigger outside linebackers, Beason and Anderson on the inside! Sounds great but Hurney has no idea!

Posted by: joe cool | Nov 21, 2011 9:23:52 PM

I agree with the point being made by Amazon PSL owner. Some teams always do well, regardless of who the specific players are (as much as I dislike him, you gotta give Belichek credit - he can build a contender out of a sow's ear). It's looking more and more like this coaching staff is not getting the job done. Especially on defense; they can't seem to figure out how to resolve the problems. Are they pulling a Foxism - ie: keep trying the same thing over and over again, hoping that some day it will work? Anyway, I think the D-coord is in over his head, just like he was in Philly. Same may be true for Rivera as a head coach. You just get the sense that this team is not progressing at all, and as other teams get more film on them, they can exploit them all over the place, and the Panthers' coaches don't know how to adjust. I think this will get worse before it gets better, regardless of who the players are.

Posted by: WayneD | Nov 21, 2011 9:39:37 PM

WayneD, that statement is about as true as its gonna get. great post! Also, Everybody keep watching sherrod martin and chris gamble. Here kitty kitty.

Posted by: stork302 | Nov 22, 2011 9:00:35 AM

you could absolutely put jon beason on this team and win 4 of the 8 losses. we get him, schwartz, gettis, fields, barnidge, hogan, high draft picks, either thomas davis or his 8 million in cap space, and you can't help but be pleased that the only key free agent we have this offseason is jeremy shockey. and he won't be expensive to retain for another year either.

we look really good for the long term. gettis is a HUGE upgrade over nanee. beason is a monumental upgrade over ANYBODY. an actual offseason for these guys to gel together? with the coaches? these guys are young too. rivera will have a year of experience so expect less coaching mistakes....maybe an upgrade over baker? we are looking really good long term. especially if we grab a stud linebacker or corner or DT with that top 5 pick we're looking at....we may even play ourselves into a bidding war over luck should we grab that top pick again (not likely but definitely possible).

cup is looking 50.00001% full.

Posted by: charlottean | Nov 22, 2011 12:26:03 PM

Charlottean, don't forget the money we're gonna pick up when we cut sherrod martin and chris gamble. Heck, we might even gain enough money to pick up a good player from charlotte christian or Hardin High. that would be a huge improvement!

Posted by: stork302 | Nov 22, 2011 5:42:11 PM

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