Panthers add CB Stephon Gilmore, WR Shi Smith to reserve/COVID-19 list

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Week 15 saw the Carolina Panthers have to a run a makeshift tryout at kicker following the season-ending quad injury to Zane Gonzalez. Now, this week’s may not have to be as impromptu, but the receiver position could very well be next.

On Thursday, the team announced the additions of cornerback Stephon Gilmore and wideout Shi Smith to the reserve/COVID-19 list. Gilmore’s status for Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was already in doubt, making his placement a tad easier to take on.

Smith’s potential absence, however, can throw Carolina in quite a bit of danger considering they won’t have Terrace Marshall Jr. and, quite possibly, Robby Anderson—who missed a second straight day of practice on Thursday.

Injury

Wed.

Thurs.

Fri.

Game status

WR Robby Anderson

Quad

DNP

DNP

CB Stephon Gilmore

Groin

DNP

S Sean Chandler

Groin

DNP

DNP

DE Yetur Gross-Matos

Illness

DNP

WR Shi Smith

Illness

DNP

CB CJ Henderson

Knee

Limited

Limited

DT Derrick Brown

Elbow

Limited

Outside of Smith, Anderson and Marshall, the Panthers are currently carrying DJ Moore, Brandon Zylstra and Alex Erickson on the active roster. They also have three wideouts on their practice squad—Keith Kirkwood, C.J. Saunders and Willie Snead—they may look to in a pinch.

Regardless, this isn’t the best of situations to deal with in closing the campaign, especially one that’s trotting along with a struggling offense and a six-game losing streak.

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