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September 13, 2013

Panthers healthy; Thomas keeps starting spot

The Panthers will go to Buffalo in good shape from an injury standpoint, with every starter expected to play.

The only players who are out for Sunday's game are rookie running back Kenjon Barner (foot) and reserve cornerback James Dockery (thumb). Everyone else is listed as probable, including two starters who missed the opener against Seattle -- left guard Amini Silatolu (hamstring) and strong safety Mike Mitchell (calf).

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Silatolu would start against the Bills, but would share reps with Travelle Wharton. Bills castoff Chris Scott will start at right guard.

Rivera did not name a starter at strong safety, saying Mitchell and Quntin Mikell would both play.

The Panthers are sticking with cornerback Josh Thomas, who gave up the game-winning touchdown pass in the Week 1 loss to Seattle.

"It was one play," Rivera said. "Hopefully, it doesn't become two."

Outside linebacker Jon Beason, coming off microfracture surgery on his right knee last year, again will be limited to between 25 and 35 snaps.

"There's going to be a point where we hope to get 50 out of him," Rivera said. "But right now we'll take what we get. As long as it's healthy snaps, I'm excited for him."

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on September 13, 2013 at 01:06 PM | Permalink


GO PANTHERS!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Panther 4life | Sep 13, 2013 1:47:08 PM


Posted by: Panther 4life | Sep 13, 2013 1:47:43 PM

Good luck Panthers along with the MASH unit. Barner has been a non-contributor so far along with Kugbila. 4th and 6th rounders probably wasted. The Panthers need all of the help they can get. Everyone needs to get and stay healthy.

Posted by: Whitecomet77 | Sep 13, 2013 1:57:29 PM

What game was the coach watching Thomas gave up that touch down and every other big play against the panthers plus on special teams the ball touch his leg for a turn over.its not like he that good and Norman is that bad

Posted by: Jody | Sep 13, 2013 2:13:41 PM

jody did you even watch it yourself? it wasn't like dude just got flat out beat.......it took a perfect pass and a great catch to beat him. he was underneath, safety (godfrey) was over top. it was literally a perfect throw.

get over it.

we won 4 straight with thomas starting last year. norman will play plenty. it makes a lot more sense for norman to be playing in the obvious passing plays and munnerlyn and thomas to be getting more of the 1st and 2nd down reps.

barner is missing his opportunity here. might not get another opening like this.

mikell looked good early. surprised about it considering he missed camp and preseason. mitchell didn't impress in preseason. doubt he keeps that job. he'll get a shot at it for the next few weeks, but i doubt he wins it back.

Posted by: charlottean | Sep 13, 2013 2:29:39 PM

Kitty Cats 12 Bills 6

This is a weekend with a win, take advantage as not many more to come.

Posted by: NowDoit | Sep 13, 2013 3:17:13 PM

And there goes charlottean making excuses for this pathetic team.

Thomas shouldn't be starting in the NFL. Period. They won four meaningless games at the end of the season with him starting. Big deal. I'm not even going to mention Munnerlyn. This might the worst starting secondary in the NFL.

Thomas got beat TWICE on the same play in the Seattle game AND he was flagged for the touching the ball on that punt. Pathetic.

Posted by: D.W.G. | Sep 13, 2013 6:25:05 PM

This game may be worse than Pats vs Jets on Thursday Panthers 16-14 ,but could go either way.

Posted by: John Fox | Sep 13, 2013 6:49:10 PM

falcons? chargers and saints were still playing for playoffs. giants got in at 9-7, funny how you guys forget all the facts yet maintain the idiotic opinions.

d.w.g. you don't even remember things right when you're right in the argument. he didn't get flagged for touching the ball on the punt. that isn't a penalty. it was a turnover. he made it a live ball. that's a tough fluke play. it happens regularly and personally i put that on ginn. He's gotta go up and secure the ball. they have the halo rule to protect him. he runs up and calls for fair catch and a defender runs into him that IS a penalty.

it's different if the punt was shanked off to the side way out of his reach......he could have gotten to that punt. and should have.

you guys act like playing cornerback is the same as playing offensive tackle. a wide receiver can go ANY DIRECTION to go get the ball. he's protecting from all angles. and you know whose priority the deep ball is? the safety. that's where the effing name comes from.

i really wish some of you knew SOMETHING about sports before judging the guys that do it professionally. godfrey was late getting over top. his excuse is that wilson looked like he was going to run.

it was 1 effing play. the defense gave up 12 points with josh thomas on the field.

richard sherman should be benched.....dude got absolutely burned by steve smith for a touchdown.

Posted by: charlottean | Sep 13, 2013 7:08:35 PM

Josh Thomas has been screwing up since last year. Anyone who thinks they know football could see that. Norman cant even get on the field. Why?!?!?!? Because they worry he might screw up . LIKE JOSH THOMAS! It makes zero sense why the most gifted corner we have that we drafted that made any and all plays when given the opportunity to not get any playing time. I see Josh Norman as twice the player Thomas is . Cmon man!

Posted by: tomb43 | Sep 13, 2013 9:00:16 PM

I saw a game last week that the panthers should have one. At least two drives were killed by Newton throwing to the back shoulder of the receiver. Both times, they were open to the out side away from the defender. A little lead with the ball or even a pass to the numbers would have yielded extra yards after the catch. I told my neighbor that D-Will was not done fumbling. Anyone could see that by the way he was carrying the ball. Lo and behold, he fumbles in the red zone on his best run of the day. That drive could have one the game by itsself. No one, not even the coach is talking about these blatant discrepancies that cost us a close game. Everyone is harping on Thomas getting beat deep. Well, htey are right too. That game came down to a half dozen plays that should have been executed professionally. After all, they are receiving professional salaries. I expect my order at the McDonald's drive thru to be wrong because the Mickey D's personnel are making minimum wage. I expect more from guys who are making hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars.

Posted by: wildcat | Sep 13, 2013 9:23:02 PM

If some of you guys would spend as much time learning how to write properly as you do stewing about mistakes the Cats make on the field, these blogs would be literary masterpieces.

Posted by: NaldoCat | Sep 15, 2013 12:20:56 PM

thomas was making plays early but he might be out for a while. that was a brutal head to head collision.

d.j. moore looked HORRIBLE early on in this one, but i expect with time his nerves will calm and he'll be ok. norman will be the #2 corner now, so we can stop the argument. losing thomas will hurt.

Posted by: charlottean | Sep 15, 2013 2:29:13 PM

wow. norman was getting ate up by woods and now HE'S hurt. no dockery....this is brutal.

Posted by: charlottean | Sep 15, 2013 2:53:42 PM

Benson is killing the defense in the Bills game. Why isn't Chase Blackburn playing over him?

Posted by: Anonymous | Sep 15, 2013 2:57:25 PM

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