Carolina Panthers face multiple game time decisions on different players in Week 13.
As the season continues, injuries are beginning to pile up for the Carolina Panthers. After losing franchise quarterback Cam Newton early in the year, the Panthers added two more names to the list of those who will not return in 2019 last week. Guard Greg Van Roten and defensive tackle Dontari Poe both exited New Orleans with foot and quad injuries, respectively.
In addition to these two significant injuries, Carolina also had a handful of other players who are dealing with problems from last week and beyond. All but mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, the recent rash of issues only adds to the problems facing coach Ron Rivera as he attempts to stave off rumors of being replaced.
The Friday injury report listed 12 Panthers with only three marked as missing practice due to ‘rest’. A majority were luckily full participants but for four, their statuses were either set for Sunday or will remain up in the air until game time.
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Running back Jordan Scarlett was ruled out and then placed on injured reserve. Tackle Greg Little is listed as ‘Doubtful’ after missing practice all week and a player each on offense and defense are ‘Questionable’.
Safety Eric Reid was limited on Thursday but did not participate Friday. Dealing with ankle and shoulder issues, his absence would require Carolina to lean on veteran Colin Jones. Opposite, the offensive line has struggled for consistency and tackle Taylor Moton hurt his knee last week but has participated daily and could be available.
The Panthers and especially quarterback Kyle Allen will benefit if Moton is able to play. Going up against a Washington team coming off their second win of the year, the Panthers can ill afford to look past anyone at this point.
The Panthers and Redskins kick off Sunday at 1:00pm ET inside Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.