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Panthers going in short-handed against Seahawks

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The Panthers have enough issues on defense, but now they appear to be going in short-handed.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Thursday (via Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer) that cornerback Chris Gamble wasn’t expected to play this week because of a shoulder injury.

That would put undersized nickel Captain Munnerlyn back in the starting lineup opposite fifth-round rookie Josh Norman, who has been routinely picked on (as Munnerlyn was before being replaced).

Middle linebacker Jon Beason was also out of practice again Thursday, and Rivera said he’d consider using rookie Luke Kuechly in the middle. Rivera’s been hesitant to move the first-rounder around too much, but the middle is his natural position anyway.

Beason’s dealing with shoulder problems as well as the inevitable after-effects of last year’s Achilles tear. He’s barely looked like himself for the first month of the season, although expecting that would have been the unrealistic part.

If there’s good news, it’s that they’re playing a Seahawks offense that ranks dead last in the league in passing offense, averaging a ghastly 130.8 per game through the air.

Of course, they’re averaging 150.8 on the ground, and the Panthers have done a good job of making old backs look young again.

The Panthers will also miss right guard Geoff Hangartner, who will be replaced by Garry Williams.

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14 Responses to “Panthers going in short-handed against Seahawks”
  1. thestrategyexpert says: Oct 4, 2012 3:06 PM

    Not exactly short-handed. Short-handed would be if you had so many injuries and you didn’t have enough bodies at a specific position. They have depth and numbers and are not going to enter the game shorthanded thanks to a 53 man roster list that only 46 can even be activated for.

  2. linvillegorge says: Oct 4, 2012 3:11 PM

    We have one NFL caliber DB and he’s likely out. Ugh. Beason is no big loss right now. He’s struggling so far this year.

  3. trollhammer20 says: Oct 4, 2012 3:56 PM

    Russell Wilson is returning to North Carolina this weekend. Hey, Pete, hope you’re checking out this injury report and maybe seeing this as a sign you can open up the playbook a little more. This is a team that’s been weak against the run and will be playing two weak CBs – perfect time to crank up some play-action and see what the kid can do.

  4. seahawks4alltime says: Oct 4, 2012 3:58 PM

    Yes, the Seahawks passing game has be ugly this season. But Lynch leads the league in yards and is second only to Foster in touches. With the “porous” Panthers run defense you can expect a lot of Beast mode on Sunday, and that should open up Russell Wilson for what could be his best game of the Season. …Which wouldn’t be a hard thing to accomplish given the numbers he has put up thus far. Go Seahawks!

  5. alcore1 says: Oct 4, 2012 4:17 PM

    I’m worried about Beason. He’s always hurt. And when he does play he doesn’t look like himself.

  6. 23tarheel23 says: Oct 4, 2012 4:25 PM

    Beason being out will actually be a good thing. We get Kuechly in the middle, and possibly our best LB, in Thomas Davis, at the Will.

  7. nashwaakkidd says: Oct 4, 2012 4:31 PM

    if the hawks lose this one do they switch to flynn? in all honesty, wilson leaves me wanting more from a guy with his mobility.

  8. cannonballdookie says: Oct 4, 2012 4:35 PM

    They aren’t short handed, their corners just suck.

  9. 7swag7 says: Oct 4, 2012 4:37 PM

    It’s okay if they are weak at the corners, Haruki Nakmura (FS) has got their backs. ROFL

  10. blacknole08 says: Oct 4, 2012 4:48 PM

    Sucks for Beason. With him in the line-up we have a fighting chance every Sunday. At least we get our best DT Andre Neblett back.

  11. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Oct 4, 2012 9:46 PM

    Beason’s play in the Falcons game was just poor. He is unable to cover TEs effectively and doesn’t appear to be able to move well. Kueckly should play well in the middle.

  12. joetoronto says: Oct 5, 2012 4:51 AM

    It doesn’t matter who’s playing CB against Russell Wilson.

    He’s the greatest, just ask Pete.

  13. thesheriffisnear says: Oct 5, 2012 6:52 AM

    Kuechly should have been in the middle all year anyway. Beason is a shadow of his former self right now. Dont understand why coach hasnt moved him over before now just one of the things that bothers me about Rivera. Its like everybody can see it except coach. Reminds me of another hardheaded coach we used to have here

  14. slammincamnewton says: Oct 5, 2012 10:37 AM

    The Panthers just flat out suck. This will be a shootout and Chico will be outcoached again. Maybe JR will just fork out for Cowher Power after this year, as they should have 3 years ago.

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