Panthers considering LB movement

The Carolina Panthers might lead the league in once category -- injured linebackers.

Thomas Williams and Jason Phillips each suffered injuries in Sunday’s loss to Minnesota. Coach Ron Rivera said Monday that both could be out for an extended period. Williams has a neck injury and Phillips has an injured calf.

The injuries came on a day when linebacker Omar Gaither returned after missing time with a knee injury. The Panthers lost starting linebackers Jon Beason and Thomas Davis to injuries early in the season.

The Panthers started Gaither, James Anderson and Dan Connor on Sunday. After Williams and Phillips were injured, Gaither, Anderson and Connor had to fill in on special teams.

The Panthers have a bye this week and Rivera said he planned to meet with general manager Marty Hurney to discuss possible additions at linebacker. There aren’t a lot of quality linebackers available right now.

They might have to turn to their practice squad where they have Lawrence Wilson and Kion Wilson.