Panthers LB Senn has shot at regular starting gig

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by Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on December 22, 2011 at 5:13 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Panthers linebacker Jordan Senn is playing so well since stepping into the starting lineup, coach Ron Rivera says he's considering making him a full-time starter next season.

That's pretty big news for a guy who's been told throughout his football career he's too small to be an every down linebacker in the NFL.

The 5-foot-11, 224-pound Senn has long been touted for his special teams play.

But since taking over as the Panthers starting weak side linebacker -- only after three others ahead of him on the depth chart got hurt -- Senn has been impressive. He's coming off his best game, registering 14 tackles, an interception and a forced fumble in a 28-13 win over the Texans.

Senn will start Saturday when the Panthers (5-9) host Tampa Bay (4-10).
 

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