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December 23, 2011

Munnerlyn to IR; Godfrey doubtful

The Panthers will be without at least one defensive back, and likely will be missing half of their starting secondary Saturday against Tampa Bay.

Cornerback Captain Munnerlyn was placed on injured reserve Friday, five days after he pulled his hamstring in a 28-13 win at Houston. Strong safety Charles Godfrey, who aggravated a shoulder injury against the Texans, is listed as doubtful.

Godfrey, second on the team with 93 tackles, did not practice all week. Jordan Pugh will start if Godfrey does not play.

Darius Butler will step in for Munnerlyn, who has started every game this season. Butler was beaten for a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown catches by Atlanta's Julio Jones in Week 14 before missing last week's game with post-concussion symptoms.

Munnerlyn is the 17th player to go on IR this season. The Panthers' previous high was 14 players, set in 2004 and 2010.

Safety Jonathan Nelson was signed from the practice squad to take Munnerlyn's spot on the 53-man roster.

The Panthers' other injured players are probable for Saturday's game, including three starters – left tackle Jordan Gross (ankle) and defensive ends Charles Johnson (back) and Greg Hardy, who left Thursday's practice early with an illness.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on December 23, 2011 at 04:03 PM | Permalink


Anyone left on the practice squad?

Posted by: AppGrad04 | Dec 23, 2011 4:28:58 PM

I will offer my wife to play in Captain's place...She is mean and nothing gets past her. Whatcha think?

Posted by: not on Santa's or the wife's good list. | Dec 23, 2011 4:37:07 PM

Just another day in PantherLand

Posted by: i BELIEVE | Dec 23, 2011 8:01:02 PM

Will we miss Munnerlyn? I say play the rookie.

Posted by: Al | Dec 23, 2011 8:53:32 PM

Munnerlyn makes just enough plays to seem relevant, but he's too soft. Ilong for the days of Mike Minter and Chad Cota - never had to worry about the secondary. Once all the DBs and lineman get healthy, this should be Rivera's top priority.

Posted by: bdubs | Dec 24, 2011 10:23:51 AM

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