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October 22, 2012

Panthers will place veteran CB Chris Gamble on injured reserve

Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said Monday that veteran corerback Chris Gamble will be placed on injured reserve with an injured shoulder.

Gamble, a nine-year veteran and the franchise's leader in interceptions, sat out the past two games with the injury. 

The move was the first personnel decision not made by general manager Marty Hurney, who was fired Monday morning.

"It was one of the decisions we had to make today," Rivera said. "Talking to (team trainer) Ryan Vermillion, he's going to have to have it taken care of. Then we'll have to find a player to fill his position."

The team is also waiting and evaluating linebacker Jon Beason, whose knee injury has kept him out of the past two games.

Captain Munnerlyn has been playing the cornerback while sliding to nickel in certain packages. Second-year player Josh Thomas has come in at cornerback during those packages.

"We played a couple of times without him and the young guys that stepped up played pretty good," Rivera said. "We're going to lose a veteran player but we have some yonug guys that are playing some pretty good football, so we'll go forward from there."

Gamble is the franchise leader in interceptions with 27. In 2011, he allowed only one reception per 18.1 snaps according to ProFootballFocus.com, which was the second-best in the league.

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on October 22, 2012 at 03:09 PM | Permalink


Half the team will be on IR before it is over. Hopefully the purge can begin. It is going to get worse though before it gets better.

Posted by: Ornias | Oct 22, 2012 3:32:27 PM

Should have Kept Marshall.......

Posted by: Robert | Oct 22, 2012 3:34:27 PM

Question for the Big Rat:

Who will you blame when nothing changes? Hint, the problem is YOU!

Posted by: Sniffthis | Oct 22, 2012 3:49:31 PM

Move AE to corner... He has experience at QB and WR - so playing CB should be a natural step for him. He has the speed and the size - this should have been his target position after he was drafted!

Posted by: Dom | Oct 22, 2012 4:11:34 PM

We've been giving huge contracts to players who get hurt constantly or only show up to play in contract years. It's time to clean house for real. How many 1st rounders can we get for Beason, Gamble, Williams, and Johnson?

Posted by: Procton's Proctologist | Oct 22, 2012 4:20:31 PM

Enough with the AE already. I promise you, AE has seen his last game in a Panther uniform. NO WAY does a new GM keep this guy

Posted by: no_clue777 | Oct 22, 2012 4:28:20 PM

The Panthers have a QB for the next three years - so for the next three drafts I would do the same in all of them. Offensive tackle in the first round and defensive tackle/end in the second (best available) or vice versa depending on the which side of the ball has the most talent in the draft. Third round is corner while 4th round is linebacker or safety based on "best player available". 5th, 6th and 7th rounds draft RBs and WRs - again based on best player available. For guards, TEs, punters, kickers, etc. get them through Free Agency. Stay with that approach for drafting and add a blue chip free agent each year such as a WR this year and maybe a CB next year and the Panthers will be in the Super Bowl in three years and be a contender for the playoffs every year. The lines are the core of the team - and the Panthers core isn't as strong as it should be...

Posted by: Dom | Oct 22, 2012 4:30:09 PM

Scramble should have been on IR years ago. I can't how many times I have watched him run to the end zone while the player with the ball is 10 yards behind him. Chris please go ahead announce that your football career is over and you are retiring as a Panther.

Posted by: A few years to late | Oct 22, 2012 4:38:45 PM

Gamble, Beason, Williams, Steve Smith, Jordan Gross all need to go after this year weather they be released or as trade bait. You might get some value for Beason and Williams but the other ones need to be released........Time to clean house if we want to even think about winning......

Posted by: jtg0128 | Oct 22, 2012 4:39:43 PM

We wont get anything for Gross or Smith and they still are descent players so we might as well keep em. Gamble is acutually better than people think and Steve brings that tough element to a game that we could never replace!

Posted by: Chuck | Oct 22, 2012 4:58:00 PM

Panthers just don't care... Lots of talent but none of them care about the team like the real Panther fans do. I suspect most of them grew up pulling for another team and never even knew anything about the Panthers before being drafted. Kids grow up wanting to be Cowgirls, 49ers or Steelers. Even the kids in Charlotte don't grow up wanting to be Panthers... So how do we change that? A start would be taking the stadium back from the Cowgirl fans!!!! What a joke it is that they fill up half the stadium. If the Panthers had a 12 man like Seattle does who do you think wins that game yesterday??????? Yep - the Panthers win by 14. So the issue is the Panthers don't care because we as fans don't give them a reason too...

Posted by: Dom | Oct 22, 2012 4:59:04 PM

Goodbye Chris Gamble...and GOOD RIDDANCE! You are a wasted talent and haven't done crap since you got your fat paycheck. You can't tackle, you don't hit, you don't create turnovers, you can't catch a cold, and you are a poor example of what a true Corner Back is supposed to look like in the NFL.
Chris, enjoy FA and swindling someone else out of their money, because the Panthers are done with you. Another worthless Buckeye who had to steal from others.

Posted by: Joe Rockhead | Oct 22, 2012 5:17:17 PM

Mr. Richardson brought football to the Carolinas you silly scumbucket.

Posted by: J-Ghouly | Oct 22, 2012 5:48:00 PM

All of you need to slow your roll, its a bad start the season. Its a really bad start. We need to look at some of our options as guys to trade and get rid of. But dont start saying we need to ship guys out like Smitty and Gross. Franchise guys that bleed for this team Sunday to Sunday. Beason got the injury bug like Dan Morgan did and Gamble actually hasn't been a bad player. Our problem is lack of Defensive Depth and our Offense not capitalizing on the chances that were presented with. We need a W in the worst way and It doesn't get any easier next week going to chicago. Btw suck it Peppers

Posted by: Kyle H | Oct 22, 2012 6:10:38 PM

Quit hating if your a true panthers fan you realize it's not just the players look at our RBs through the first weeks 2 carries for Williams last game h stew nothing either we're one dimensional how do you not understand that gross smitty gamble Beason are all great ppl and players gamble has givin everything to this team never bitched or got punched by smitty that's saying a lot play calling is everything look at the saints went from aints to Sb champs bc Sean Payton knows how to call plays we don't I've gotta put the blame on the coaches they don't know how to utilize our players go back to a pro system like last year not switch it up to a college offense when we finished strong last year

Posted by: Jmd3 | Oct 28, 2012 2:14:18 AM

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