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September 06, 2013

Mikell likely to start in place of injured Mitchell

Strong safety Quintin Mikell looks like he'll start against Seattle on Sunday, less than a week after joining the Panthers as a free agent.

Mikell, an 11-year veteran who played the last two seasons in St. Louis, is the expected starter with Mike Mitchell doubtful with a calf injury. Mitchell was the starter throughout the preseason before straining his calf before the exhibition finale against Pittsburgh.

Rookie running back Kenjon Barner (foot) and cornerback James Dockery (thumb) are the only Panthers who have been ruled out.

Wideout Domenik Hixon (hamstring), starting left guard Amini Silatolu (hamstring) and defensive tackle Dwan Edwards (thigh) are questionable.

If Silatolu doesn't play, Panthers coach Ron Rivera indicated it would be a by-committe approach at left guard, with recently signed Travelle Wharton and Bills castoff Chris Scott sharing reps.

Former Seahawk Colin Cole would get the start in place of Edwards, Rivera said.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on September 6, 2013 at 01:21 PM | Permalink


Why Colin cole? Why not kk short??

Posted by: Antonio Crosby | Sep 6, 2013 1:38:43 PM

R Wilson gonna win this one.

Posted by: big gulps | Sep 6, 2013 1:42:01 PM

Barner is turning into what looks like another bust pick by Gettleman just as he did with Kugbila and their inability to stay healthy. I believe they will both be gone by next season and that will be two whiffs out of the five picks in this years draft. A weakened backfield of Williams, Tolbert, and Smith is going to have a lot of trouble running behind a patchwork offensive iine. Gettleman and Rivera did nothing this week in the way of picking up a talented player to improve the situation. The game on Sunday will tell where this team is and Seattle will severely test this core of players. Best of luck Panthers.

Posted by: Whitecomet77 | Sep 6, 2013 2:17:16 PM

I really think that people are jumping the gun, which is typical of most fans...It is too early to tell whether or not Kugbila had a fluke injury in preseason or if he's injury prone...same thing for barner...it's also way too early to crown Lotuleli after one good preseason game...and, if the Panthers do lose this game, it will be way too early to consider this season a bust, as most fans will...Seattle is loaded...

Posted by: Brian | Sep 6, 2013 2:27:22 PM

Next man up mentality! #KeepPounding

Posted by: Jasin | Sep 6, 2013 2:38:21 PM

It is what it is....John Fox

Posted by: Whitecomet77 | Sep 6, 2013 2:45:46 PM

Injuries are alway going to occure, so like Brian said "next man up" if they can't muster it then out. As far as Kugbila or Barner; Kugbila is alread on the IR for the year so he can get will and be coached, and Barner who is just out because of a foot injury could be ready at any time. What bothers me more then anything is all the Hamstring injuries, which are usually cased by lack of stretching or salt. Go Panthers and pound those Seahawks.

Posted by: ahrcshaw | Sep 6, 2013 3:26:09 PM

I wanted KK to start, but I believe RR is committed to having him reserved for passing situations. I also have the suspicion that KK will be FINISHING games, which was where our interior got hurt the most.

Posted by: Steven H. | Sep 6, 2013 3:40:38 PM

you guys gotta learn......a guy can't be a bust before his 1st season even started.

there are plenty of guys who miss rookie years (see arizona's first rounder who is no doubt a stud) due to injury, and there are plenty who just aren't ready the first year.

not to mention, nobody drafted 5th-7th round has expectations anyways so they can't be a bust either.

Posted by: charlottean | Sep 6, 2013 4:33:57 PM

You burned out long ago, whitecomet77. Hope you find another team. Soon.

Posted by: Yonse | Sep 6, 2013 4:57:08 PM

teams would kill to have this "weakened" backfield and we wish last year we had this "patchwork" Offensive line. SMH!

Posted by: 10-4!! | Sep 6, 2013 4:57:16 PM

I just dont see a building organization here. Always get that false hope " They finished the season strong" , That same ol tired mess. We should have gave John Fox some talent. I think the Panthers will win post Jerry Richardson

Posted by: Al D | Sep 6, 2013 5:02:46 PM

It all depends upon the manner of the loss. Russell Wilson is not likely to just hand it to us, we will have to take it. The defense and special teams look improved; if the offense plays like it did in the preseason, we are beaten. Do these guys really believe in RR? I don't think so, hope I am wrong.

Posted by: Gettleman | Sep 6, 2013 5:14:01 PM

Still waiting for nastar99 boones farm jers jokes...wait till after sunday I guess you guys aren't negative enough!!

Posted by: mfreeze3152 | Sep 6, 2013 6:21:10 PM

@ big gulps--Our defenders just need to stand their ground. Rush right at him. He likes to hesitate to get you off your feet/balance to rush in field and to the sideline. Rush right at him and tackle him he will not get this one.

Posted by: BofAFan | Sep 6, 2013 9:52:33 PM

Our offense is a better group then we had last year and our defence is a lot better then last years so I don't understand why we all or so neg. Seahawks are all beat up and they didn't have a first round pick and didn't really improve much . They only beat us by 4 points last year. Ido t see how they have a chance. The only thing I don't understand is how we spend so my money on the running backs and can't run the ball?

Posted by: Jody | Sep 6, 2013 11:26:01 PM

The Seahawks are human. SEA has players both suspended and/or injured. SEA also were 0-4 last year when facing East Coast teams with a 1PM start time. This game will be the NFL's version of last weeks Georgia vs Clemson game. Final: Seattle 24 - Carolina 27

Posted by: Chaz | Sep 7, 2013 3:24:48 AM

Big gulps hass a big mouth.

Posted by: Hugo Panther | Sep 7, 2013 6:42:51 AM

we were 10th overall in defense and 12th overall in offense last year. and we drastically improved our defense with beason, edwards, star, mikell, and more experience for our corners (and kuechly for that matter).

and probably improved on offense by giving cam another year and adding receiver depth and losing chudzinski.

improved special teams with nortman more experienced and ginn over anybody.

only question mark to me is coaching. the right scheme wins 12 games with this team. 13 if the defense creates turnovers like they did in pre season and stay healthy. but if they're coached like last year? and give away 7 games for no effing reason? that's a different story.

but panic? no. team looks great.

Posted by: charlottean | Sep 7, 2013 2:40:04 PM

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