Panthers hold out TE Shockey from practice with concussion

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Jeremy Shockey could be the latest member of the Carolina Panthers to miss a game with a concussion.

Shockey was held out of practice Wednesday, and coach Ron Rivera said the tight end will be reevaluated Thursday. Since Week 2, the Panthers have had one starter each week out with a concussion.

"We're just going through the concussion protocol," Rivera said of Shockey, who took a shot to the head on a field-goal attempt during Sunday's loss to the Chicago Bears. "We're getting to the point, and I hate to say it, but we've had one a week. We're concerned obviously, but we won't know more until Thursday morning.

"That's probably the best time to judge because the last couple of weeks it's been Thursday mornings they don't feel good, they don't play; if Thursday morning is good, they play."

Offensive tackle Jeff Otah missed Carolina's second game, safety Charles Godfrey missed Week 3, and last Sunday, it was cornerback Chris Gamble.

Though Gamble returned to practice Wednesday, Otah and Geoff Hangartner missed practice with back injuries.

Shockey wasn't fined this week for comments he made about the officiating following the Bears game. He was upset when he was flagged for pass interference, nullifying his 22-yard touchdown reception. He said after the game that he wanted an explanation from the league's officiating office because he didn't get one on the field.

Notes: The Panthers made three roster moves this week, signing free-agent DE Antwan Applewhite and claiming safety Jermale Hines off waivers from the Indianapolis Colts. The Panthers released DE George Selvie and safety Sean Considine to make room on the roster. The Panthers also made a practice-squad move, waiving CB Kendric Burney and adding LB Kion Wilson.

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