Carolina Panthers star linebacker Jon Beason has been struggling with knee issues all season, and there is a chance that he could be placed on the injured reserve at some point later in the season if things continue. For now, Beason is still the starting middle linebacker, as the Panthers will not switch rookie Luke Kuechly from the weak side to the strong side. The Boston College product looked much better and is a more natural fit at the Mike, and he could receive the starting gig there due to Beason’s injury issues.
Ron Rivera dished out some more bad news regarding Beason’s injury status for Week 7 after telling The Charlotte Observer that he is “very doubtful” for Sunday’s encounter against the Dallas Cowboys and running back DeMarco Murray. The ‘Boys have one of the worst interior offensive lines in the league, which is something the Panthers can still take advantage of Sunday.
Even worse, Rivera placed shutdown corner Chris Gamble under the “very doubtful” tag, and both star defensive players could be placed on the IR if things continue to stagnate on the injury front for them. The Panthers have already lost one of the top centers in the league in Ryan Kalil for the entire season, so losing both Beason and Gamble would be an even more crushing blow from a talent and leadership standpoint.
Beason has not practiced all week.
At the cornerback position, Captain Munnerlyn has really taken a step forward and is developing into a cornerback most of us thought/hoped he could be. He’s enjoyed a very successful season thus far, and that’s crucial without Gamble who has been out since Week 4. Munnerlyn has stepped up big-time in the absence of Gamble. Josh Thomas starts opposite Munnerlyn and rookie Josh Norman plays in nickel situations, per the Observer.
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