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Panthers may be without QB Bryce Young at Seahawks

Field Level Media
21 Sep 2023, 13:55 GMT+10

(Photo credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports)

The Carolina Panthers' 20-17 loss to visiting New Orleans on Monday night turned out to be especially painful.

Linebacker Shaq Thompson, the leader of the Panthers defense, sustained a broken right leg that will sideline him for the rest of the season. That means he won't be making a homecoming trip for Sunday's game at Seattle, where he starred for the University of Washington.

Carolina rookie quarterback Bryce Young, the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft in April, is also hurting. He didn't participate in Wednesday's walk-through practice because of an ankle injury and is questionable to play against the Seahawks (1-1).

Veteran Andy Dalton would start for the Panthers (0-2) in Young's absence.

"If Andy is the starter, we have a lot of confidence," Panthers coach Frank Reich said. "This is why you bring someone like Andy in. Our goal is to put our team in position to win championships and, despite a tough start, that is our vision, that is our goal and what we're working toward. My experience personally as a player and as a coach is that you're going to need somebody for one game or two or three somewhere along the line. If Andy plays, we believe he gives us a very good chance to win."

Dalton, in his 13th NFL season, is 83-77-2 as a starter during his career. He spent nine seasons in Cincinnati before one-year stops in Dallas, Chicago and New Orleans.

Panthers running back Miles Sanders said Dalton is well-prepared.

"It would actually be kind of a dream come true to play with Andy," Sanders said. "Me being from Pittsburgh and being a Steelers fan, I know what Andy can do (having played with the Bengals). So yeah, it would be an honor playing with him."

Sanders (pectoral) was one of four players listed as limited Wednesday, along with linebacker Brian Burns (ankle), Justin Houston (calf) and Chandler Wooten (knee).

Replacing Thompson, who had surgery Tuesday to fix a fractured fibula, won't be as easy. Reich said it's hard to put into words how much Thompson brings to the Panthers, calling him a team player and "a warrior, a guy who knows how to practice."

The Seahawks evened their record with a 37-31 overtime victory Sunday at Detroit, as Tyler Lockett scored the winner on a 6-yard pass from Geno Smith.

"We just had to go out there and kind of put the past behind us," Smith said. "Last week is last week, has nothing to do with this week, and go out there and play ball, and it wasn't perfect (Sunday), but we found a way to win, and that's what matters."

The Seahawks also have injury concerns. They might be without starting cornerback Riq Woolen, who suffered a chest injury in the first half against the Lions and didn't return.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Woolen was "pretty sore" and would need to make significant strides to be ready Sunday.

Carroll said safety Jamal Adams will practice fully this week, but no decision will be made until closer to the weekend on whether he'll make his return from a torn quadriceps tendon sustained in the 2022 season opener.

Seahawks tight end Will Dissly (shoulder) missed practice this week, and rookie defensive lineman Mike Morris was placed on injured reserve and needs season-ending shoulder surgery.

--Field Level Media

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