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December 26, 2011

WR Naanee out; Saints' gametime still not set

   The Panthers already long injury list got longer today when head coach Ron Rivera announced that wide receiver Legedu Naanee will miss the season finale Sunday at New Orleans due to broken bone in his foot.

   Naanee apparently reinjured his foot when it got stuck after he made a catch near the Tampa Bay goal line on Saturday. Because it's the final week of the season, Rivera said he did not anticipate Naanee being placed on the injured reserve list.

    Without Naanee, it will likely mean more playing time for Seyi Ajirotutu, Armanti Edwards, Kealoha Pilares and Darvin Adams.

   In other injury news, defensive tackle Andre Neblett suffered a concussion against Tampa Bay and will be evaluated through the week as will safety Jordan Pugh, who was a late scratch against the Bucs due to a concussion.

   Defensive end Charles Johnson is expected to be limited at practice this week due to overall soreness while safety Charles Godfrey's troublesome shoulder continues to improve.

   FLEX UPDATE: The starting time for the Panthers game at New Orleans Sunday remains undetermined.

   Should the Saints beat Atlanta tonight, the kickoff will remain at 1 p.m. EST. If the Falcons win, the kickoff will be shifted to 4:15 p.m.

-- Ron Green Jr.

Posted by Observer Sports on December 26, 2011 at 01:05 PM | Permalink


I've wanting to see Pilares as the #3 WR for sometime now. He looks like an explosive WR.

Posted by: carpanfan1 | Dec 26, 2011 1:31:18 PM

whats the deal with the time?

Posted by: DL | Dec 26, 2011 1:56:14 PM

DL, it's part of the NFL flex schedule. If the game has no playoff implications they will shift it out of prime time.

Posted by: Original Panther Dan | Dec 26, 2011 3:51:47 PM

It's currently at 1:00 pm, and if there are playoff implications, it will be shifted TO 4:15 pm.

Posted by: Dbigcat | Dec 26, 2011 8:13:02 PM

I'm with DL, the game wasn't in prime time to begin with I'm obviously wrong but I thought the only shifts would be moving a game into or out of NBC's prime time schedule.

Posted by: Jason Alston | Dec 26, 2011 8:51:16 PM

I see us playing slot of "primetime" games next year! Dallas & Denver game for sure! Maybe Philly game will be a Monday night game!

Posted by: DL | Dec 27, 2011 7:53:06 AM

A lot.... Sorry

Posted by: DL | Dec 27, 2011 7:53:27 AM

Glad to hear Neblett is going to be OK. I think we found a reliable DT with him that is still young and can shed off blockers and penetrate the o-line.

Posted by: Sportsdon | Dec 27, 2011 10:17:47 AM

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