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Nov. 7, 2010; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers linebacker Jon Beason (52) takes the field before the game against the New Orleans Saints at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-US PRESSWIRE

If enthusiasm can be cashed in for victories, the Carolina Panthers have already made a down payment on a playoff berth in 2012.

A concussion-related lawsuit bringing together scores of cases has been filed in federal court, accusing the NFL of hiding information that linked football-related head trauma to permanent brain injuries.

Anyone doubting the importance of special teams need only talk to a pair of safeties the Panthers acquired in free agency – a pair that came close to playing in the last Super Bowl rather than watching on TV.

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