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December 16, 2011

CB Hogan will be active Sunday; decision on kicker Saturday

Rookie cornerback Brandon Hogan is likely to see his first game action Sunday when he will be activated for the Panthers' game at Houston, head coach Ron Rivera said.

Hogan, who underwent knee surgery last December and was on the physically unable to perform list until early November, will fill a spot created by the absence of cornerback Darius Butler who is out with a concussion.

"Brandon will be up and we'll get an opportunity to have him play some special teams and who knows, maybe we'll get some base reps or nickel reps. I'm pretty excited about seeing the young man," Rivera said.

Starting offensive tackle Jordan Gross (ankle) and cornerback Captain Munnerlyn (ankle) both are expected to play against the Houston.

Reserve offensive lineman Bryant Browning is questionable due to a wrist injury suffered during the team's Friday workout.

Rivera said he will decide Saturday whether Olindo Mare or Adi Kunalic will be the Panthers' kicker in Houston, though he hinted it will be Mare, who missed a critical fourth-quarter field goal last Sunday against Atlanta.

"Olindo has kicked the ball well. Bringing Adi in, he's kicked it pretty good but a little concerned about him being just a little bit sore," Rivera said.

"He hasn't kicked as much as he has (recently). He's having to kick a lot more. We'll see how he is (Saturday) morning."

-- Ron Green Jr.

Posted by Observer Sports on December 16, 2011 at 01:25 PM | Permalink


Thanks Ron. Nice name by the way. Any more news on Marty Hurney's contract being terminated? I keep hearing it may happen soon as opposed to after the season. Sounds like Jerry is finally getting serious about winning again.

Posted by: Ron | Dec 16, 2011 1:55:09 PM

Ron, I so desperately wish you are right about Jerry not renewing Marty's contract. With the regards to the Panthers not having to have 2 kickers on the roster, they should have terminated Armanti, a good kid, and a few others we are just taking up space. I hope there is a true NFL scout that Jerry chooses to be the new GM. I hope Ron also has a stronger role because I trust that he can see talent when he sees it.

Posted by: Merc | Dec 16, 2011 2:28:10 PM

I hope Hogan gets a chance on defense. Just want to see what the kid can do.

Posted by: Mike P | Dec 16, 2011 2:29:01 PM

how is getting rid of hurney a good move?

who replaces him? how many times has THAT guy taken teams to the playoffs? the grass is not always greener.

the panthers personnel has almost always been SOLID with hurney. only time we have had losing seasons was when we were rebuilding (first year and last 2 years) or major injuries at quarterback or defense.

hurney deserves a raise if anything.

look at the bobcats player personnel and TRY complaining about the panthers.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 16, 2011 2:41:52 PM

every team has injuries, that's not an excuse. hurney is a good guy but his draft disasters have been screwing us over for years. drafting cam may have saved his job, but i really hope it didn't.

Posted by: ryan o | Dec 16, 2011 2:58:47 PM


So basically, Hurney has an excuse for missing the playoffs in what will be 7 out of 10 years, but Fox didn't? Also, please remember that Green Bay won the super bowl with 16 players on IR, which is one more than the Panthers have on IR this year.

Posted by: Phillip | Dec 16, 2011 3:32:53 PM

getting rid of Hurney is good move if you bring in Parcells!

Posted by: joe cool | Dec 16, 2011 3:39:37 PM

Everyone wants to blame Hurney, I haven't seen him miss any tackles or FG's, or throw any picks or fumble the ball.
I have seen Hurney bring many very good players to the Panthers, including dwill, stewart, newton, beason, anderson, charles johnson, greg hardy, lafell, gross, kalil, shockey, olsen, davis, pilares, and the list goes on.
Grow up people, it's not all his fault.

Posted by: Kenny | Dec 16, 2011 3:48:37 PM

So we're giving credit to Hurney for bringing in players, but not holding him responsible when those players do bad things, like miss tackles or FG's, turn the ball over, or fail to produce wins? We also have to overlook the bad draft picks or failed free agent signings.

Wow, sounds like a win-win for Hurney. Great work if you can get it.

Posted by: Phillip | Dec 16, 2011 3:54:53 PM

Wow. I like the Parcels idea. He, my friends, is a well documented team builder. Jets, Dallas, Patriots...He was in control of personel as well as coaching in all those organizations except the Giants. Yes Yes yes.

Posted by: MBpantfan | Dec 16, 2011 4:57:32 PM

Hurney is miserable. Fox controlled the draft when we got guys like Williams, Beason, Kalil, Johnson and Stew. Hurney forced the moves that got us Everette Brown for a 2010 1st rounder and Armanti Edwards for what would become the 33rd overall pick in 2011. He also got us nothing in exchange for Peppers. And you can't give him credit for Cam b/c that was a group decision made by Rivera, Chud, Shula, Hurney and Richardson.

Hurney became GM the same year Fox became head coach so their records as the "head guy" until this season were the same. However, Fox is 8-5 this season and Hurney is 4-9. Hurney might not be missing the FGs (cutting Kasay for Mare?), dropping the passes, or missing the tackles but he is responsible for signing the players making mistakes and the coaches who aren't correcting the mistakes.

We cleaned out the coaching staff last year. After a second straight season of suck (4-5 wins sucks, don't give me that morale victory stuff), it's time for a change in the front office.

Posted by: SCB | Dec 16, 2011 5:02:00 PM

Hurney was here before fox. He was responsible for one of the best drafts in team and NFL history as far as picking probowlers. He drafted Chris Jenkins, Dan Morgan, Steve Smith, Chris Wienke, and Jarrod Cooper all in the same draft.

Posted by: c boss | Dec 16, 2011 7:06:34 PM

Where does this say anything about Hurney? Was there a piece up about him being fired and has since been taken down?

Posted by: appstategrad2008 | Dec 16, 2011 8:19:40 PM

Who are these media idiots and the brain dead Rivera trying to kid trying to blame the kicker that is nothing but smoke and mirrors off your real problem a tainted retard hambone qb trying to a one man show.
Enjoy your payback for screwing John Kasay. Its called Newtons Law, the good Newton. Such a terrible franchise run by a highly disturbed desperate media outlet on the edge of Chapter 11.
Now you know why RR was passed over 9 times by owners. Never hire MLBs or QBs as HC who all have brain damage from concussions after 1000s of head shots.

Posted by: mike ditka | Dec 17, 2011 6:24:50 AM

Hurney has never missed in the first round, all of his first round picks are still with the team with the exception of Dan Morgan (concussions) and peppers. Name other GMs that have a similar track record and I bet they're all winning organizations. The man found the panthers greatest player in the 3rd round and his name is Steve smith. Look at his body of work as a whole not just he drafted armanti edwards

Posted by: Panthers fan | Dec 17, 2011 8:48:23 AM

This is ANOTHER example of Hurney's 'hit & miss" years of drafting except for Newton NONE of the players drafted would hold there drafted positions on ANY team other than a 4-9 team...the Panthers would be 2-11 ,if not playing Indy with no Manning and TB with no Freeman not to mention the 'Skins and the Jags...FIRE Rivera while your at it JR he has turned out worse than first thought no wonder he was never hired in 10 interviews before coming here!

Posted by: John Fox | Dec 17, 2011 10:52:40 AM

@ Panthers fan Armanti Edwards took 2 years to learn how to hold on to the ball in order to just play ST!..He was drafted to be a slot WR! ,and Hurney traded a pick to get him LOL..ANOTHER reason to send Hurney + Rivera packing!

Posted by: Cam's Entourage | Dec 17, 2011 10:57:02 AM

How does Hurney being a Newspaper reporter qualify him to be a NFL GM anyway?..JR needs to sell the team to Bruton Smith or somebody that at least can read a resume!

Posted by: QB | Dec 17, 2011 11:01:23 AM

Hurney should've drafted P.Peterson ,and built up the defense last year ,and this year Luck or Barkley/Landry Jones would've been there in a DEEP QB draft ,Cam seems to be regressing as he has more turnovers than passing TD's ,and his shelf life won't be long if he keeps running...Hurney & Rivera are building a team backwards ,and BOTH need to go!

Posted by: Nick Satan | Dec 17, 2011 11:07:16 AM

Wow, its amazing how many NFL GM's there are just sitting home on their sofa and posting on the Observer web site. I wonder why the Panthers don't hire all of you? I wonder?
To Philip: In case you haven't noticed the Panthers have gotten rid of alot of players the past couple of years as they rebuild the team. Once the season starts, you can't expect Hurney to fire every player that screws up.

Posted by: Kenny | Dec 17, 2011 3:00:21 PM

Never said he should fire every player after they screw up. In fact, I've said all along that Mare is being scape goated for the last game. If he weren't, then Martin and Butler would be facing some competition this week also. Let me ask you this, didn't Hurney draft or bring in all of those players the team got rid of? You can't have it both ways where you praise all of Hurney's moves, and then give him a free pass when they don't work out.

Posted by: Phillip | Dec 17, 2011 3:21:32 PM

Yea we gonna fire twink Smith and send his punkass packing along with his crotch grabbing boy Newton who is the most overrated TE in history. What a worthless pack of overrated punks. 2011 is the WORST team in the history of the Panthers. 2010 was bad but dont count because Clausen (who they hate on still) was just a fill-in after Matt Moore was injured and they ran off Jake who a real QB.

Posted by: NFL GM Ace | Dec 17, 2011 3:29:43 PM

NFLgm a$$ move to Denver andlove o T-balls you cowpile lover.

Posted by: really? | Dec 18, 2011 6:50:18 AM

@nfl gm ace, you dont really believe the things you say, you just another troll who alos is an idiot...thanks for the laugh..

Posted by: idiots say anything | Dec 18, 2011 8:55:31 AM

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