Panthers activate Jeremy Chinn, Yetur Gross-Matos for Sunday’s game vs. Buccaneers.

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The Panthers defense got some much-needed good news Saturday. Not only will they have Jaycee Horn back, but Carolina also activated Jeremy Chinn and Yetur Gross-Matos.

All three had been on injured reserve. And according to the final injury report issued by the Panthers, all three are questionable for Sunday’s road game against the Bucs. The trio participated in every practice this week, but were limited in every workout.

Horn, the team’s top cover cornerback, tore his hamstring. Chinn, a safety, dealt with a quad injury, while linebacker Gross-Matos strained his hamstring. Although the Panthers are going through a brutal season, their defense is a bright spot.

Carolina ranks sixth in the NFL in total defense and fifth against the pass.

Only two Panthers have been ruled out safety Vonn Bell (shoulder) and tight end Hayden Hurst (concussion).

Panthers final injury list

Player Position Injury Wed Thu Fri Game Status

Vonn Bell S Shoulder DNP DNP DNP Out

Marquis Haynes LB Back DNP LP LP Questionable

Hayden Hurst TE Concussion DNP DNP DNP Out

Taylor Moton OT Knee DNP LP FP

Tommy Tremble TE Hip DNP LP DNP Doubtful

Jeremy Chinn SAF Quadriceps LP LP LP Questionable

Yetur Gross-Matos LB Hamstring LP LP LP Questionable

Jaycee Horn CB Hamstring LP LP LP Questionable

DJ Johnson LB Elbow LP LP FP Questionable

Cade Mays G Ankle LP LP FP

C.J. Henderson CB Concussion FP FP FP

Nash Jensen G Back LP LP Questionable

Jonathan Mingo WR Achilles LP FP

Xavier Woods FS Thigh LP FP

Troy Hill CB Hip.

Although the Panthers are relatively healthy, the Bucs have a lengthy injury list.

Tampa Bay ruled out four player Lavonte David, Jamel Dean, Mike Greene and Devin White. Quarterback Baker Mayfield also was on the injury list because of a bad ankle. But he was a full participant in all three practices.

Tampa Bay injury list

Player Position Injury Wed Thu Fri Game Status

Lavonte David OLB Groin DNP DNP DNP Out

Carlton Davis CB Ankle LP FP FP

Jamel Dean DB Ankle/Foot DNP DNP DNP Out

SirVocea Dennis LB Illness DNP DNP DNP Doubtful

YaYa Diaby LB Ankle LP LP FP

Mike Greene DT Calf DNP DNP DNP Out

Baker Mayfield QB Ankle FP FP FP

Devin White LB Foot LP DNP DNP Out

Chris Godwin WR Neck (-) LP DNP Questionable

Dee Delaney DB Personal (-)

Steelers DC Teryl Austin compares T.J. Watt’s holding situation with ‘Hack-a-Shaq

Speaking with the media after the Pittsburgh Steelers (7-5) 24-10 Week 13 defeat to the Arizona Cardinals (3-10) Sunday, linebacker T.J. Watt took aim at NFL officials for the lack of holding penalties enforced on plays involving him.

“The NFL has something going against me, so I don’t want to talk any more negatively toward them,” Watt said.  “I don’t know what I did, but I’ll leave it at that.”

Steelers defensive coordinator Teryl Austin went to bat for the 2021 AP Defensive Player of the Year Award winner Tuesday, comparing his situation to that of what NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal dealt with during his career.

“I think T.J. runs into what all the elite rushers do,” Austin said, via Brooke Pryor of ESPN.

“These guys are going to hold you until they can’t because a lot of times that’s the only way they can block.

I mean I share in his frustration, but I don’t think there’s anything that we can do about it.

We can complain and we can do all that, but that really doesn’t solve the problem. So I think we just deal with it. We just continue to fight and go. It’s almost like the Hack-a-Shaq.”

Steelers LB T.J. Watt remains productive despite inconsistencies in officiating

Like O’Neal, Austin believes officials are no longer calling holds against Watt because it’s happening so often.


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