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December 09, 2012

Four Panther starters inactive for game vs. Atlanta

The Carolina Panthers will be without four starters in today's game against the NFC South champion Atlanta Falcons.

Running back Jonathan Stewart, wide receiver Brandon LaFell, defensive tackle Dwan Edwards and linebacker James Anderson are all inactive for Sunday's game.

Stewart was listed as doubtful on Friday, and head coach Ron Rivera went as far to call the back "very doubtful" as he still tries to recover from a high ankle sprain suffered in the Philadelphia game. DeAngelo Williams will get his second consecutive start at running back.

LaFell has dealt with turf toe all week after suffering the injury against Kansas City last week and has not practiced. Louis Murphy will be the No. 2 wide receiver. 

Edwards has a severed tendon in his right wrist and was limited in practice. Frank Kearse will start in his place. Anderson, who was poked in the eye in the Kansas City game, had a sore back and did not practice all week. Jason Phillips will take over at Anderson's vacant spot.

The only good injury news for the Panthers is that safety Charles Godfrey is active. Godfrey had a sore back and did not practice all week. He was listed as questionable on Friday.

The other Panther inactives are QB Jimmy Clausen, G Jeff Byers and T Bruce Campbell.

Byers' inactivity also leaves the Panthers thin at right guard. Garry Williams will get the start, but Byers was his immediate backup after the Panthers cut Jeremy Bridges earlier in the week.

For the Falcons, CB Asante Samuel will play after being listed as questionable Friday with a shoulder injury. Falcons' starting safety William Moore is inactive with a hamstring and Rock Hill native Chris Hope will start in his place.

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on December 9, 2012 at 11:37 AM | Permalink


The Falcons are going to blowout the Panthers today. Falcons 42, US-10

Posted by: Brent | Dec 9, 2012 12:07:14 PM

Brent, Do you really think the Panthers will score 10 poins?

Posted by: James | Dec 9, 2012 12:17:27 PM

And yet some of our players felt like it was OK to mouth off about the game this week. We need to start looking harder at Wonderlic scores before we draft people.

Posted by: Authority | Dec 9, 2012 12:35:20 PM

Funny, my bet is on the Panthers. I will always go with the Panthers. This is my team, even though I live in Atlanta. We will make a comeback next year.All teams have their down years. GO PANTHERS. If we get rid of those sorry coaches we will do much better. Good QB/WR and a few others. Should have kept the kicker. Are they going to get rid of this kicker, he missed a field goal also, duh.

Posted by: Brenda Leigh | Dec 9, 2012 12:39:13 PM

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