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November 08, 2013

Rivera: Panthers practiced 'nervous' Friday

The Panthers will head to San Francisco on Friday afternoon in good shape from a health standpoint.

Only two players have been ruled out for Sunday's game against the 49ers -- starting right guard Chris Scott (knee) and reserve cornerback James Dockery (torn labrum).

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said starting outside linebacker Chase Blackburn (foot) will be a game-day decision, as he was last week before Blackburn played against Atlanta. Blackburn is listed as questionable this week.

Rookie A.J. Klein would step if Blackburn can't play.

If Rivera had any concerns Friday, it was not with the injury report but with his team's demeanor.

Rivera said players "practiced a little nervous" Friday, prompting Rivera to remind them to focus on the task at hand.

Taking Scott's place will be former defensive tackle Nate Chandler, who took over last week against the Falcons after Scott and backup Jeff Byers (foot) both went out in a span of several plays in the first half.

Rivera said veteran guard Geoff Hangartner, who was resigned this week, will rotate with Chandler while he regains his conditioning.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on November 8, 2013 at 01:31 PM | Permalink


Calm down with the playoff talk Riverboat

Posted by: Holla | Nov 8, 2013 2:14:07 PM

gotta hand it to him, lowering expectations as he faces a good team. "nervous", haha.

Posted by: big gulps | Nov 8, 2013 2:25:22 PM

"Nervous"? Probably trying to lull San Francisco into a false sense of security. Nobody would ever admit if their team was really nervous- it would be a tightly kept secret. Panthers probably can't wait to get out there and unload on the Niners.

Posted by: PantherD | Nov 8, 2013 2:29:17 PM

Unbelievable that he would leak that out on purpose. Maybe a ploy? If not, you just don't say stuff like that before a big game.

Posted by: YeahRight | Nov 8, 2013 2:30:49 PM

Leave Ron alone. @holla, Ron isnt talking about Playoffs. Did you even read the article?

Posted by: jim swindle | Nov 8, 2013 2:43:59 PM

kinda like how you don't say "i'm going to start stewart and give him the ball a lot in the first few drives of the game" and then go out and actually do that.

you just don't get those kind of quotes from a belichick or fox or harbaugh or coughlin or reid.

Posted by: charlottean | Nov 8, 2013 2:44:19 PM

Nervous is a good thing.

Posted by: ted | Nov 8, 2013 2:46:48 PM

I forgot to put on underwear this morning

Posted by: Yuppa! | Nov 8, 2013 3:01:37 PM

@Jim Swindle - do you read other articles? If you don't know why someone said something - do some research before you try and call em out.

"At the halfway point of his third season as a head coach, Rivera said Monday his Panthers team is beginning to feel like a playoff team."


Posted by: Holla | Nov 8, 2013 3:37:43 PM

The nervousness or maybe it is really excitement is because the Panthers haven't played a good team the past few weeks, now they will face a good team and they will face another good one in the Saints next week. "If" they beat the 49er's then maybe they can get into the playoff's but that is as far as they will get. Who knows, only time will tell. It is going to be a good game. I'm going to bar-b-q some pork ribs and have some SF sourdough bread. Good luck to your team, who ever they are.

Posted by: Caliman | Nov 8, 2013 4:27:32 PM

They're nervous about being embarrassed...

...as of Sunday the 5 KitKat wins have come over teams with a grand total of 8 wins between them -- like playing D-league teams. Only played 1 game the whole season against a team with a winning record. I thought we were supposed to have the most brutal schedule in the league?

The rubber is getting ready to meet the road, gonna be interesting to see what happens...

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Nov 8, 2013 4:38:15 PM

NASTARR99 and the 49ers have beat teams with a total of 12 wins. What's your point hot shot?

Posted by: Andy | Nov 8, 2013 4:51:43 PM

Coach Rivera has arrived. That a way to call'em out coach. Yes, deal with it before the bright lights go on in the big city. Dare to be great Panthers! Bring the Carolina swag to San Francisco.

Posted by: GUESS WHO | Nov 8, 2013 4:57:44 PM

Are you really that stupid?

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Nov 8, 2013 5:04:04 PM

Face it nastar is a negative person. He gets a rise out of it....its who he is every fan base or message board has "that guy" and it's what he does...he's correct about we haven't beat a team with winning records. What he doesn't point out tho is the panthers have destroyed all those teams...but like I said before nastar will never say anything positve about this team or any team its who he is...

Posted by: mfreeze3152 | Nov 8, 2013 5:17:24 PM

4 winning seasons in 18 and you guys are happy about it? We need change, starting at the top... We need a coach that's gonna show Cam what leadership means. We need for Cam to start acting like an adult, not a preening 12 year old in a sandlot game (and yes, I was in the very very small minority vociferously supporting his candidacy at draft time, still remember some boob telling me Cam wasn't even on the KitKat's draft board...LOL).

Our 18 year track record isn't even mediocre, it flat out sucks. Hey, if you're ok with sucking, keep on being nice about it...

...we have every advantage known for an NFL franchise, I want better!

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Nov 8, 2013 6:14:58 PM

mfreeze3152: NOBODY here is talking about 18 other seasons. Do you see anyone talking about that? NO. Only you, Toolio. Quit your whining, grow up, and be a sports fan in this town....or get off this bandwagon. NOBODY is talking about any season except THIS SEASON! Wake up! Panthers are flat-out steamrolling teams. We score in the 30's. Our D is at the top of the heap in the NFL. We will hold the niners to under 20. Book it. We are going places. NOBODY is going backwards.......except you apparently.

Posted by: willy loman | Nov 8, 2013 10:52:36 PM

Willy loman where did I say any of that? dang nastar now I'm getting blamed for stuff you say lol.

Posted by: mfreeze3152 | Nov 9, 2013 7:44:40 AM

stop with the 4 in 18 BS. the NFL is built for parity and we've only had 4 seasons in 18 worse than 7-9.

Posted by: charlottean | Nov 9, 2013 4:19:55 PM

Not sure I want my opponent knowing my players are nervous about competing against them. Way to boost San Francisco's confidence and undermine Carolina's. Hope it's an ill-placed attempt at reverse-psychology -

Posted by: Joseph | Nov 9, 2013 11:36:44 PM

hell, I am nervous!! this game needs to get started.

Posted by: Gut | Nov 10, 2013 10:33:17 AM

charlottean, stop with the excuse making. The fact is the Kit Kats have 4 winning seasons in 18, period. You think Robert Kraft buys into your parity argument? And don't give me the "the were lucky and got Brady BS", they went 11-5 the year he was out. Gettleman is the real deal but I have no illusions of Booney letting him do the job up impeded....coach has to go.

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Nov 10, 2013 10:36:49 AM

Who remembers the 2002-2003 Panthers!! We went down to defending SB Champ Tampa Bay Bucs, when they had supposedly the best D in the NFL & SMACKED THEM IN THE MOUTH & FIRED OFF THEIR cannons..... The best TEAM we have ever had.It's time to 'SHOCK the WORLD'!!Go Panthers & a good nickname for Dfense.."Southern Comfort"

Posted by: 93Panther | Nov 10, 2013 11:33:57 AM

i think they were lucky getting bilichick.

you want to talk facts then you can't argue that the league is built for parity. hard cap, standard draft order, high injury game.....it is what it is.

look up how many teams have made conference championship games in the last 15 years. there are a ton of franchises that haven't, and we've done it twice.

look up how many franchises have had seasons of 6-10 or worse the last 18 years compared to our 4.

arizona, detroit, atlanta (and on their way to another), BALTIMORE, buffalo, cincinatti, chicago, cleveland, dallas, houston, indy, K.C., jacksonville, minny, new orleans, NYJ, oakland, philly, SD, san fran, st. louis, tampa, washington all have more seasons of 6-10 or worse than the panthers since 1995.

put that in perspective of your unrealistic expectations. out of 32 franchises, less than 10 have had the same or fewer bad seasons.

you guys are living in a delusional bubble.

Posted by: charlottean | Nov 10, 2013 3:49:20 PM

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