Chris Gamble will miss Sunday's game against Chicago after the concussion he sustained last week got worse over the course of the week, rather than better. In Gamble's place Darius Butler will fill the starting role with R.J. Stanford (thankfully not Jordan Pugh) playing the nickel.
The absence of Gamble gives the Panthers a very small collection of cornerbacks. This could be especially concerning if Jay Cutler can get Roy Williams involved, or the CBs are asked to make open field tackles against Matt Forte who will be receiving out of the backfield. Thankfully, both Captain Munnerlyn and Butler looked very good against Jacksonville last week, so hopefully the drop-off wont be too pronounced.
As bad as the injury for Carolina is, for Chicago theirs could be far worse... starting SS Chris Harris is going to miss Sunday's game. The Bears' secondary is in shambles without Harris there to lead them; when he is on the field they are very stout, when he is absent they before very mediocre. Harris would have been instrumental to offer support covering Steve Smith, and be dangerous as a hard hitting safety coming off the edge in blitz packages.
This game just got a whole lot more interesting, and for the Panthers a whole lot easier.