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Panthers likely without Dwan Edwards, DBs you’ve heard of

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The Panthers are going to be woefully thin in the secondary, but also down an important piece up front when they play the Giants.

After starting safety Charles Godfrey was placed on IR this week, they also declared Quintin Mikell out for Sunday’s game, along with cornerback D.J. Moore, according to Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer.

That means they’ll start Mike Mitchell and undrafted rookie Robert Lester (who was promoted from the practice squad this week) at safety, with special teamer Colin Jones the only reserve. It’s barely better at cornerback, where starter Josh Thomas (concussion) and James Dockery (thumb) are listed as questionable. If Thomas can’t go, they might start veteran Drayton Florence, who was signed this week as injury cover.

The worse news may be that defensive tackle Dwan Edwards is what coach Ron Rivera described as “very, very questionable” with a hamstring problem.

The Panthers have known their secondary was going to be a mess for months, but taking Edwards out of the equation depletes what is supposed to be the strength of their defense.

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9 Responses to “Panthers likely without Dwan Edwards, DBs you’ve heard of”
  1. blacknole08 says: Sep 20, 2013 2:02 PM

    Our secondary is definitely an issue, don’t get me wrong, but it’s time for Cam and that offense to step up. Take more shots downfield. Do something!

    I know that’s alot for Mike Shula to understand, but please give us fans some hope.

  2. pantherfan550 says: Sep 20, 2013 2:07 PM

    If the front seven can get to Eli early and often, the Panthers could very well win.

    If they can’t get to Eli, it might be Ron Rivera’s last game as their coach….

  3. cavington says: Sep 20, 2013 2:14 PM

    Yikes, the Panthers had a lot of problems before all these injuries. Just goes to show, that this can happen to any team at any time. Injuries can cost teams several games and eventually a season. The Panthers offense has got to get more productive and less conservative quickly, to combat the inevitable down turn of the defense.

  4. edithpiaf51 says: Sep 20, 2013 2:15 PM

    Pantherfan, Why single out Eli? the Giants are a team, not just Eli.

  5. cropslx says: Sep 20, 2013 2:16 PM

    I never knew we/Panthers ever any had defensive backs….LOL. It is time to address those needs after years of NOT having good DBs. C Gamble was OK.

  6. scoops1 says: Sep 20, 2013 2:29 PM

    so who do I start…Eli or Matt Ryan…?

  7. doe22us says: Sep 20, 2013 3:04 PM

    Eli about to light them up like a Christmas tree.

  8. teek77 says: Sep 20, 2013 3:11 PM

    Has anyone signed Kerry Rhodes or Corey Lynch? They at least have experience against the opponents that the Panthers will be playing.

  9. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Sep 20, 2013 8:14 PM

    Panthers may be OK if Eli continues to give the ball away. Their DBs don’t have to be all pro just able to catch the ball when Eli throws it to them.

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