Rivera not taking chances in 1st preseason game v. G-Men

With Ron Edwards, Gettis, and Zack Williams already lost for the year, BAMF will be cautious about who plays tonight against the Giants.  As a result, there will be a chance to shine for some of the 2s and 3s.  But, for better or worse, make no mistake that the Panthers on the field tonight are far from the "Full Monty."

From Joe Person via the Observer:

(emphasis mine)

(Charles) Johnson (sore shoulder) , who led the Panthers with 11.5 sacks in 2010, is among several starters who will sit Saturday nght. Receiver Steve Smith (finger), linebackers Jon Beason (Achilles) and Thomas Davis (foot) and defensive end Greg Hardy (lacerated toe) are out. Starting cornerbacks Captain Munnerlyn (calf) and Chris Gamble (groin) and offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz (hip) are questionable, Rivera said.


That's six starters from the Defense (counting Hardy, who I think will be the starter), plus 2 starters from the offense.  None of these guys have injuries that will keep them out of the regular season, but it's smart to sit them for now.  I noted that Otah is not on the list.  Maybe the big guy's going to play tonight, even though he's missed a few practices in order to "rest."

Another point that has to be made here... With Connor starting, he'll be able to showcase his talent against the Giant's 1s, including big Brandon and Bradshaw.  I expect some GMs to be looking in.
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