James Anderson, the team's starting strongside linebacker and leading tackler, rolled his ankle in practice Thursday and was taken to the locker room, leaving the team with four healthy linebackers. Earlier in the week, Thomas Williams became the third linebacker to go on injured reserve after injuring his neck in a loss to Minnesota, while backup Jason Phillips has missed both practices this week with a calf injury.
"Bringing (Anderson) in to the locker is more precautionary than anything else from what I understand," Rivera said.
Applewhite played some linebacker in San Diego's 3-4 defense last season and said he's been getting some reps in practice at middle linebacker because of the glut of injuries. Along with Williams, the Panthers placed Jon Beason and Thomas Davis on season-ending injured reserve the first two weeks of the season.
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