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By Ted Fleming

There is no doubt that this is an important Sunday for the Panthers even though it is not a divisional game. Plainly stated, Carolina need a win otherwise they will begin the process of playing out the string after just five weeks of the season. The Seahawks, on the other hand would very much like to go 3-2 in a division that has the powerhouse 49ers who many believe could wind up in the Super Bowl.

Seattle will be without guard Jon Moffett just as they did a week ago when they lost to the Rams by six. Will one player make the difference in this game, probably not because the Seahawks defense is what everyone will be watching to see if they can slow down Cam Newton and the high-powered Panthers offense.

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Running back Marshawn Lynch got some much needed rest because he has been a workhorse for the ‘Hawks so far. Injuries continue to plague the Panthers on defense with linebacker Jon Beason and corner Chris Gamble, both starters, expected to sit out leaving the door open for Lynch to have a great game and Seattle’s 28th ranked offense to improve on their stats.   

The following is the injury report issued by the National Football League for the Seattle Seahawks at Carolina Panthers game to be played on Sunday, October 7 in Charlotte, NC:

SEATTLE (2-2) **Denotes Starter
OUT
DT Jaye Howard (foot)
**G John Moffitt (knee)

QUESTIONABLE
CB Marcus Trufant (back)

PROBABLE
**RB Marshawn Lynch (not injury related)
**DT Brandon Mebane (calf)

SEAHAWKS SYNOPSIS:

Moffitt will miss his second game in a row so 23-year old rookie J.R. Sweezy will likely step in for his fourth game and second start of his career. Sweezy is from Mooresville, NC about a half-hour drive from Bank of America Stadium and went to North Carolina State.

Trufant missed practice Wednesday and Thursday and returned in a limited role on Friday. It will be a game time decision whether he will play. Richard Sherman is the starter so rookie Byron Maxwell will move in as the backup.

Mebane’s calf injury was okay enough to return to full participation in practice on Friday after sitting out the day before. He is expected to be in the lineup. Lynch was held out Thursday and Friday after seeing limited action on Wednesday for “rest.” The reason he is listed as probable is once is hits the injury report he remains on it the rest of the week.

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CAROLINA (1-3) **Denotes Starter
OUT

G Mike Pollak (shoulder)

DOUBTFUL
**LB Jon Beason (knee)
**CB Chris Gamble (shoulder)

QUESTIONABLE
**G Geoff Hangartner (knee)

PROBABLE
DE Frank Alexander (back)
DE Antwan Applewhite (knee)
S Colin Jones (shoulder)

PANTHERS SYNOPSIS:
The absence of Mike Pollack will not have an immediate impact at guard unless starter Amini Silatolu gets injured during the game. He has played in just one game this season anyway so Jeff Byers steps in as the backup and if he sees action it will be his fourth NFL game, all coming this season after spending the bulk of his career on the practice squad for the Broncos (2010) and Panthers last year.

The potential loss of Beason and Gamble is a hit to the Carolina defense that is just beginning to hit their stride after arguably the best game they have played under head coach Ron Rivera last Sunday against the Falcons in Atlanta. Jason Phillips and Kenny Onatolu will likely share the load for Beason, who did not practice all week while Josh Thomas gets the nod for Gamble who was also kept out.

Alexander missed Wednesday but fully participated Thursday and Friday. Applewhite was good to go all week and Jones didn’t see a full practice until Friday.

REFERENCE
Probable: a 75% chance the injured player will be medically cleared for the game
Questionable: a 50% chance the injured player will be medically cleared for the game
Doubtful: a 25% chance the injured player will be medically cleared for the game
Out: there is no chance the injured player will be medically cleared for the game

For more Local Football Bloggers and the latest Panthers news, see CBS Sports Charlotte.

Ted Fleming is a freelance writer covering all things Carolina Panthers. His work can be found on Examiner.com.  

Ted Fleming is a freelance writer covering all things Carolina Panthers. His work can be found on Examiner.com.

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