By Danny Cox
One thing that teams worry about as the season goes on and their record improves is injuries. A rash of injuries could take a good season and turn it bad in a heartbeat, and the Carolina Panthers are one of those teams that don’t have to worry about that. At least, not at this time.
A three-game winning streak is currently intact and the Panthers look to make it four in a row and move two games above .500 as the Atlanta Falcons arrive for Sunday’s match-up. Caroline is looking incredibly healthy and doesn’t have a lot to worry about.
There are no players listed as out or doubtful for the Panthers, and that is already a good sign.
As of Friday’s official injury report, only one player is even listed as questionable, and that is linebacker Chase Blackburn. He has been dealing with a lingering foot problem and it could hinder him from playing full-time on Sunday.
Should Blackburn not be able to go, Jordan Senn will likely get the start at weakside linebacker. If Blackburn is feeling well enough to play, then he will split reps with Senn and maybe even Jason Williams.
Running back DeAngelo Williams didn’t practice on Wednesday or Thursday of this week as he deals with a quadriceps issue. Williams was on the field for Friday’s practice in a limited capacity, but he’s listed as probable and will be on the field for the start against the Falcons.
Jonathan Stewart is still being held out as the team is playing well and looking to keep him healing or until his involvement is absolutely necessary.
The only other offensive player on the injury report is wide receiver Marvin McNutt, who has a sore ankle, but he’ll play as needed.
Luckily for Carolina, the other defensive injuries aren’t overly serious either.
Linebacker Thomas Davis has had some shoulder pain, but it isn’t anything severe. Davis is listed as probably and will start at strongside linebacker.
On the defensive line, Charles Johnson and Dwan Edwards are both also listed as probable with groin and hamstring problems, respectively. Both players will be starting on Sunday, and that’s a good thing considering losing both of those players would mean that the Panthers lost the entire left side of the starting defensive line.
Carolina is healthy and on a hot streak, and that doesn’t spell good news for Atlanta.
- LB Chase Blackburn – Foot
- RB DeAngelo Williams – Quadriceps
- WR Marvin McNutt – Ankle
- DE Charles Johnson – Groin
- DT Dwan Edwards – Hamstring
- LB Thomas Davis – Shoulder
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Danny Cox knows a little something about the NFL, whether it means letting you know what penalty will come from the flag just thrown on the field or quickly spouting off who the Chicago Bears drafted in the first round of the 1987 draft (Jim Harbaugh). He plans on bringing you the best news, previews, recaps, and anything else that may come along with the exciting world of the National Football League. Danny is a freelance writer covering all things NFL. His work can be found on Examiner.com.