Originally posted on Inside The Panthers  |  Last updated 12/23/11
The Panthers will be without at least one defensive back, and likely will be missing half of their starting secondary Saturday against Tampa Bay. Cornerback Captain Munnerlyn was placed on injured reserve Friday, five days after he pulled his hamstring in a 28-13 win at Houston. Strong safety Charles Godfrey, who aggravated a shoulder injury against the Texans, is listed as doubtful. Godfrey, second on the team with 93 tackles, did not practice all week. Jordan Pugh will start if Godfrey does not play. Darius Butler will step in for Munnerlyn, who has started every game this season. Butler was beaten for a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown catches by Atlanta's Julio Jones in Week 14 before missing last week's game with post-concussion symptoms. Munnerlyn is the 17th player to go on IR this season. The Panthers' previous high was 14 players, set in 2004 and 2010. Safety Jonathan Nelson was signed from the practice squad to take Munnerlyn's spot on the 53-man roster. The Panthers' othe...
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