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Panthers place Haruki Nakamura on IR

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The Panthers placed safety Haruki Nakamura on injured reserve Tuesday, their 13th player on the list and fourth defensive starter.

Having previously IR’d cornerback Chris Gamble, linebacker Jon Beason and defensive tackle Ron Edwards (along with center Ryan Kalil), the Panthers have lost considerable depth to injuries this year.

The secondary in particular has been hit hard. Starting strong safety Charles Godfrey was active last week, but didn’t play because of a back injury. Former starter Sherrod Martin had been placed on IR the week before.

That left them with rookie D.J. Campbell and special teamer Colin Jones playing most of last week’s game against the Falcons, which they amazingly won.

They promoted safety Anderson Russell to fill Nakamura’s roster spot.

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8 Responses to “Panthers place Haruki Nakamura on IR”
  1. knowshondixon says: Dec 11, 2012 6:04 PM

    Addition by subtraction.

  2. enochmh2 says: Dec 11, 2012 6:06 PM

    their chances of winnnig the remaining games just skyrocketed!

  3. sportsmeccabi says: Dec 11, 2012 6:13 PM

    Worst safety I’ve ever seen.

  4. effjohntaylornorelation says: Dec 11, 2012 6:43 PM

    Go get ‘em, Anderson!

  5. 808raiderinparadise says: Dec 11, 2012 7:16 PM

    Was he treated for burns?

    Guy is toast, extra cripsy.

  6. stevincinci says: Dec 11, 2012 10:00 PM

    Good special teams player, not a good starting safety. Played well for the Bearcats in college, but that was college.

  7. bigblu73 says: Dec 11, 2012 11:20 PM

    He shouldve been on IR since the first Falcons game when he allowed the fraudulant Falcons to make a miraculous(read Would have never happened to a decent safety) comeback!!

  8. jgedgar70 says: Dec 12, 2012 11:43 AM

    Every December it’s the same thing. “Panthers place starter on IR, and are close to setting a new club record for players on IR. Record was set last year.” Nearly every year since 2004 it’s been this way.

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