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Linebacker numbers force Panthers into roster move


The Panthers are getting a lot of injured players back at linebacker, but there’s apparently some concern as to how available they’re going to be in the coming weeks.

To give themselves some cover, they’re signing linebacker David Nixon, who was in minicamp with them on a tryout basis earlier this offseason. To make room for him on the roster, they waived running back Armond Smith, who they claimed off waivers from Cleveland in May.

Nixon has played in a total of 15 games with the Raiders, Texans and Rams. Nothing against the BYU product, but his acquisition as the Panthers 10th linebacker is mostly pertinent for what it means for the starters.

If Jon Beason (Achilles) and Thomas Davis (bionic knee) aren’t ready to go from the start of camp, the Panthers will find themselves short on numbers for practice. Another backup, Jason Phillips, also ended last year on injured reserve.

And if Beason’s not able to practice every day, that means more chances for them to look at Luke Kuechly in the middle, which could be his ultimate destination regardless.

Davis, coming off three ACL tears, figures to be a situational player anyway, as they’re expected to start some combination of Kuechly, Beason and James Anderson.

It’s a group with talent, but if they can’t see them work regularly, it’s going to be hard to answer one of the biggest questions about a questionable defense.

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5 Responses to “Linebacker numbers force Panthers into roster move”
  1. flapjackdaddy says: Jul 26, 2012 2:34 PM

    Best 4-3 LB corp in the league, provided Beason, Kuechly, Anderson and Davis are all healthy.

  2. nfloracle says: Jul 26, 2012 2:37 PM

    I don’t see a SuperBowl or even a playoff victory for the Cats with the linebacker corp in such problematic condition before the season even starts.

  3. naderktait says: Jul 26, 2012 3:20 PM

    Just because they are getting some insurance at LB, doesn’t Beason or Davis wont be ready. Smart move by the Panthers. And all they had to give up was another RB, as if they don’t have enough of those anyway.

  4. nflhof says: Jul 26, 2012 3:50 PM

    Doesn’t matter there was a letter in yesterday’s paper proclaiming a Super Bowl victory. Linebackers are just a afterthought.

  5. milehighsalutebroncos says: Jul 26, 2012 5:17 PM

    Broncos Rock!!!

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