Panthers At Their Healthiest With Trip To Candlestick Park On the Horizon
Last week, the Carolina Panthers won 34-10 over the Atlanta Falcons. The victory looks incredibly impressive just by the score, but it wasn’t pretty. Atlanta is battered and beaten and the Panthers played rather sloppily on offense, but were helped out by a very strong defense.
Cam Newton is going to have to play much better against the San Francisco 49ers than he did against the Falcons. This is a much better defense than the one the Panthers faced last week, and an offense that can turn two early Newton interceptions into more than 10 points.
Luckily for the Panthers, they’re extremely healthy and looking in better shape than they have the entire season.
This week’s injury report has a mere three players listed on it, and nothing more. Usually, there are a few players here and there listed as probable just because of nicks and bruises, but not for Carolina.
Unfortunately, two of the three players on the injury report are fully listed as out against San Francisco.
Offensive guard Chris Scott is out, and that’s huge. He was the starting right guard and listed as back-up for left guard Travelle Wharton with no one else behind him on the depth chart. Offensive tackle Nate Chandler will get his first career start in the NFL as he fills in for Scott.
Back-up center Geoff Hangartner is also expected to see some playing time in Scott’s absence as he heals from a knee injury.
Back-up cornerback James Dockery has a shoulder problem and he is also listed as out for this weekend. Dockery is listed as a third-string cornerback behind starter Josh Thomas and Drayton Florence so the Panthers shouldn’t have any issues filling in during his time out.
The lone remaining concern is starting weakside linebacker Chase Blackburn, who is listed as questionable and will be a game-time decision.
Blackburn was out of practice most of the week and only participated Friday in a limited capacity. If he can’t go, the Panthers will turn to A.J. Klein for the start. That will leave Jordan Senn and Jason Williams as the only other back-up linebackers behind Luke Kuechly, Thomas Davis, and Klein.
Things are looking good for the Carolina Panthers as they travel to Candlestick to face the 49ers, but they’ve got to play better than last week. Everyone has got to stay on top of things and mistakes cannot be made because unlike Atlanta, San Francisco will capitalize on them.
- CB James Dockery – Shoulder
- G Chris Scott – Knee
- LB Chase Blackburn – Foot
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