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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Panthers Injury Report: DeAngelo Williams, Philly Brown, Chase Blackburn

By on 10/25/2014 01:30:00 PM

The Carolina Panthers expect to have most of their starters available when they welcome the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, but have several reserves listed on their final Week 8 injury report:

Carolina's biggest injury concern remains the running back position. DeAngelo Williams remains out with an sprained ankle he suffered back in Week 4, but is on track to return next Thursday against the New Orleans Saints

Backup running back Fozzy Whittaker remains out with a quad injury. With Chris Ogbonnaya questionable with a groin injury, Jonathan Stewart and Darrin Reaves could be the only two healthy running backs on Carolina's active roster.

Wide receiver Philly Brown did not pass concussion protocol this week and has been ruled out. Brown only has 11 receptions this season, but serves as Carolina's primary kick and punt returner.

The Panthers should have the rest of their starters available, but several backups are dealing with injuries. Amini Silatolu (calf) and Trai Turner (knee), a pair of reserve offensive linemen, have been ruled out for Sunday.

Linebacker Chase Blackburn will miss his second straight game with a knee injury. Fellow backup Jason Williams was limited in practice by a hip injury and is questionable to play.

Cornerback Ben Benwikere remains out with the high ankle sprain he suffered back in Week 5.

Starting tackles Byron Bell (elbow) and Nate Chandler (thigh) were both limited in practice but are expcted to play. Linebacker Thomas Davis and safety Roman Harper received regular days off on Wednesday.

Sunday's contest between the Seahawks and Panthers will be critical for positioning in the NFC playoff race. Outside of Williams, the current injuries shouldn't impact Carolina too much, but it can't afford to have any more starters go down.  

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