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Sunday, November 20, 2011
Carolina's LB situation getting worse

By Pat Yasinskas

The woes at linebacker for the Carolina Panthers just continue to grow. Starting middle linebacker Dan Connor (shoulder) will not play in Sunday’s game in Detroit.

That means it is likely Jordan Senn will start in Connor’s place. This will make Senn the eighth linebacker to start for Carolina this season.

The problems started early on as starters Jon Beason and Thomas Davis suffered season-ending injuries. That’s left James Anderson as the only one of the three linebackers Carolina planned to start throughout the season to still be playing.

The injuries at linebacker have been a huge part of the reason Carolina's defense has struggled, particularly against the running game.