Panthers put starting CB Munnerlyn on IR

The Panthers have placed starting cornerback Captain Munnerlyn

on injured reserve with a strained left hamstring.

Munnerlyn was injured last week against the Texans and had to

leave the game.

Darius Butler, acquired off waivers earlier this season from the

Patriots, will start Saturday against the Bucs, coach Ron Rivera


R.J Stanford will be the team’s nickel back.

Munnerlyn had started all 14 games for the Panthers.

The Panthers signed cornerback Jonathan Nelson from the practice

squad to take his place.

The Panthers are also likely to be without starting strong

safety Charles Godfrey, who is out with a strained right shoulder.

He’s listed as doubtful after missing practice again on Friday. If

Godfrey can’t start, then Jordan Pugh will get the nod.