Carolina Panthers injury update: Brandon LaFell unlikely to play

Streeter Lecka

Without Brandon LaFell, the Panthers offense could look very different on Sunday.

The Carolina Panthers have announced that Brandon LaFell will be doubtful for Sunday's game, a product of a head injury he sustained last week against the Chicago Bears. This leaves a huge hole across from Steve Smith, and as it stands there are no clear indications who will be the second starting receiver.

Ron Rivera has stated that Louis Murphy and Kealoha Pilares would both be moved up 'a rung' on the depth chart, though it was Pilares to took the lion's share of reps across from Smitty in practice. He hasn't gotten many opportunities in 2012, totaling 42 yards on two receptions, including a 36-yard touchdown catch in week four against the Atlanta Falcons.

Joe Adams has been inactive for several weeks, despite being healthy-- seemingly a product of being in Ron Rivera's 'dog house' following several costly fumbles while playing as a punt returner. Meanwhile, the front office still need to make a determination on David Gettis, who is scheduled to come off the PUP. A final determination on his status must be made by Tuesday of next week.

Carolina's pass rush will also be hurting, with both Antwan Applewhite and Thomas Keiser listed as 'doubtful'.

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