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December 11, 2012

Panthers place S Nakamura on IR with groin injury

And Haruki Nakamura makes 16.

The Carolina Panthers placed the free safety on injured reserve Tuesday after he injured his groin in Sunday's win against Atlanta. Carolina now has placed 16 players on injured reserve this season and currently have 13 players on IR.

Safety Anderson Russell, acquired by the Panthers last week, moves up from the practice squad to the 53-man roster. 

When Nakamura went out with the injury Sunday, the Panthers were already down starting strong safety Charles Godfrey with a back injury, and backup safety Sherrod Martin had been placed on IR last week with a knee injury.

Rookie D.J. Campbell started his first game at safety and Colin Jones took the reps after Nakamura went down.

Also on Tuesday, the Panthers waived T Lee Ziemba from injured reserve. The Observer's Joe Person was told there was no injury settled for Ziemba, who had just returned to the practice squad roster after being suspended four games for testing positive for a banned substance.

The Panthers signed DB Kamaal McIlwain to the practice squad. He played collegiately at Newberry College in South Carolina and was most recently with the New Orleans Saints.

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on December 11, 2012 at 05:00 PM | Permalink

Comments

Who's next? I am eyeing you J. Stew

Posted by: IR | Dec 11, 2012 5:46:08 PM

when you have a big time Losing season its easier to shut guys down for the season, see what you got with the young guys and create depth and competition for next year.....

Posted by: Robert | Dec 11, 2012 6:17:06 PM

13 games too late.........

Posted by: Dr. Pepper | Dec 11, 2012 7:58:58 PM

Anything and anyone is better than Nakamura. It wouldnt surprise me if some of the Dline guys hauled off and gave him a good ole John Kasay right to the crotch just to get him off the field.

Lets hope they draft Vaccarro or Elam to build up what has been a weak position for us for years.

Posted by: manu4t | Dec 11, 2012 8:22:59 PM

IR???? they need to place him on waivers and move on.

Posted by: BigT | Dec 12, 2012 12:50:06 AM

I still say both interior lines are bigger needs than safety.

Lee Ziemba - I hate to see an Auburn guy wash out. What substance was he caught with?

Posted by: J | Dec 12, 2012 12:02:10 PM

Anything and anyone is better than Nakamura. It wouldnt surprise me if some of the Dline guys hauled off and gave him a good ole John Kasay right to the crotch just to get him off the field.

Lets hope they draft Vaccarro or Elam to build up what has been a weak position for us for years.

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