Originally written October 31, 2011 on Inside The Panthers:
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The Carolina Panthers' linebacker situation, a troubled spot through the first half of the season, isn't getting any better. Both Thomas Williams and Jason Phillips suffered injuries Sunday against Minnesota that could keep them out of action for an extended period of time, head coach Ron Rivera said Monday. Williams is dealing with a neck injury and Phillips has a calf injury. It was unclear, Rivera said, how long each player could be sidelined. "It's a rough spot for us now," Rivera said. The good news, if there is any, is that Omar Gaither was in good shape after briefly leaving Sunday's game in his first action in nearly one month. Having lost starters Jon Beason and Thomas Davis early in the season, the Panthers have been playing linebacker by committee at times. With Williams and Phillips out against the Vikings, the starting linebackers -- James Anderson, Dan Connor and Gaither -- were called on for some special teams action. "A little bit of do...
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