With Omar Gaither getting a more optimistic prognosis on his knee injury than originally thought, the Panthers have no immediate plans to sign another linebacker.
Gaither left Sunday's game against New Orleans in the first half after landing awkwardly and tweaking his knee. The Charlotte native and former Myers Park standout was diagnosed with a sprained MCL and bone bruise.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Monday that Gaither would likely miss two to four weeks, but Gaither told reporters later he felt good and thought he would be able to play sooner.
While Gaither's availability for this week's game at Atlanta is still uncertain, the fact that he will avoid going on injured reserve is good news for a defense that already has lost starting linebackers Jon Beason and Thomas Davis to season-ending injuries.
Gaither, who spent his first five seasons in Philadelphia, has eight tackles this season while being used primarily in passing situations.