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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Panthers Injury Report: Fozzy Whitaker, DeAngelo Williams, Chase Blackburn


By on 10/26/2014 08:44:00 AM

This Sunday, Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers will take on the defending Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks. Unfortunately though, the Panthers will be without the efforts of RBs Fozzy Whitaker and DeAngelo Williams and OLB Chase Blackburn, all of whom were ruled out after not participating in team drills during the week.



According to the Carolina Panthers’ own injury report, 13 Panthers are injured this week. Seven players have been ruled out while two have been labeled questionable and probable for Sunday’s game against the Seahawks. One of those players reported out is starting running back DeAngelo Williams.

According to Sports Injury Alert’s very own Nathaniel Reeves, “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. 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.”


Whittaker, who recently joined the team when the Panthers were experiencing the injury bug, suffered his injury two weeks ago during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals. According to CBSSports.com, “Panthers running back Fozzy Whittaker recorded his first career rushing touchdown and third career score Week 6 at Cincinnati. But it wasn't all good news for Whittaker, who suffered a leg injury in the second half.”

For the Panthers, Johnathan Stewart is now back after missing time and will be the starter today against the Seahawks.

With such confusion in the backfield, a lot of the offensive responsibility falls upon Cam Newton to resurrect this struggling Panthers team. Playing with a new starting running back every week must be a challenge, but if Newton can step up to the challenge and win ball games with his own rushing abilities, he could be in consideration for MVP.


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