Are the Panthers getting too banged up again?

I know it’s early in the season, and I know a lot injury reports can overstate just how bad some injuries are.

Still, seeing a story like this about the Panthers’ injury troubles, especially on the defensive side of the ball, just makes me wonder if this team has been hit with some strange voodoo hex or something. They’re in the same division as the New Orleans Saints, after all. Perhaps a few witch doctors were put to work before Katrina came along and ruined it for everyone. (Rita, you filthy bitch, go away!)

Then again, maybe it’s been the New England Patriots’ strategy all along to beat people up during the regular season, then run over a depleted opponent playoff time. It seemed to work last season. The fact that Stephen Davis is on the injury report with a neck problem days after Rodney Harrison yanked Davis’ helmet off his head during a tackle should tell you something about the Pats’ M.O.

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