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CHARLOTTE, N. Cheap Nike Air Max 90 All Blue .C. -- The Carolina Panthers were finally getting some stops and pressure on the quarterback, the kind of defensive play the reigning NFC champions will need if they have any chance to reach the playoffs after a 1-5 start.The question now is whether the Panthers will be without some of their top defensive players -- including star linebacker Luke Kuechly -- as they try to keep that momentum going.Kuechly, a three-time Pro Bowler and former NFL defensive player of the year, was carted off late in the fourth quarter of Thursdays 23-20 win against New Orleans to be evaluated for a possible concussion. The defense also lost sack leader Mario Addison with a right foot injury and nickel cornerback Leonard Johnson with a chest injury.The Panthers were also without backup linebacker A.J. Klein and reserve safety Colin Jones with concussions.We hate those guys go down like that, defensive end Kony Ealy said, but weve just got to go out there and keep grinding like they were still on the field, you know?The injuries offered some jarring moments for a team that spent three-plus quarters keeping Drew Brees and the Saints in check roughly a month after surrendering 523 yards to them on the road. The Saints had 203 total yards and trailed 23-3 entering the final quarter before making a late push to get back in the game.I said it leading up to this week: no balls over our head, safety Kurt Coleman said. We didnt give up the big play. This offense is very dynamic. Drew is very smart. What they do well is really beat you with a lot of trickery and hit you over the top and they make a lot of big plays.We really went into it saying, `Hey, if you throw the checkdown, weve got to make the tackles.The Panthers had strung together three solid defensive performances since the 41-38 loss to New Orleans on Oct. 16. They gave up 340 yards and had two takeaways in a 30-20 win against Arizona in a rematch of last years NFC championship game, gave up 339 yards in a 13-10 win at Los Angeles then held Kansas City to 256 yards in a 20-17 loss last week.During that stretch, they surrendered just four offensive touchdowns. And on Thursday, they didnt surrender one until nearly 50 minutes into the game, finished with three sacks and held the Saints to 107 yards rushing.Thats how we like it, defensive end Charles Johnson said. Thats how the D-line takes their pride. We dont want (defensive coordinator Sean) McDermott to have to call blitzes. ... The D-line is supposed to take care of the quarterback and take care of the run.But the injuries, Kuechlys in particular, hung over that performance and leaves uncertainty entering next weeks trip to Oakland.He was hurt as he tried to tackle Tim Hightower and Hightowers helmet struck him first in the facemask and then possibly the chest. Kuechly laid on the ground for a while, then sat up and appeared to be crying as the cart picked him up to go to the locker room with 4:41 left.He missed three games with a concussion last season. Coach Ron Rivera said he wouldnt speculate on Kuechlys status.Im praying that everything was just precautionary and everything that comes back is all right, Coleman said. Bottom line is I want him to be healthy.---Follow Aaron Beard on Twitter at AP NFL at and Cheap Nike Air Max 90 All Gold . -- Anaheim Ducks captain and leading scorer Ryan Getzlaf has been scratched from Sunday nights game against the Vancouver Canucks because of an upper-body injury. Cheap Nike Air Max 90 Gold . What general manager Dave Nonis called "short and productive" negotiations ended with Kessel signing a US$64-million, eight-year contract on Tuesday. . The Canadian squad, skipped by Jennifer Jones of Winnipeg, got on the board first with two in the second end, and followed that with two more apiece in the fourth and sixth ends. No. 7 Gonzaga will look to equal its best start in school history, a 12-0 record in 1944, when the Bulldogs host South Dakota on Wednesday night.The 11-0 start for Mark Fews team is already the best since the program joined the NCAA for the 1958-59 season, topping the 9-0 mark of 2012-13.Tennessee coach Rick Barnes, whose team lost to Gonzaga 86-76 in Nashville, Tenn., on Sunday said the Bulldogs have a shot at running the table in the regular season.I think hes got as good a team as hes ever had, Barnes said of Few. I think hes going to become an even bigger story in college basketball because if you look ahead, hes always done tremendous things with his team in the league and he could be the first time in a long time that youve got a team capable of being undefeated heading into postseason play.No. 19 Saint Marys and traditionally tough opponent BYU in the West Coast Conference might have a say in that, but for now, Few is concentrating on ending the nonconference portion of the schedule feeling good about his team.Entering the Tennessee game on Sunday, Gonzaga hadnt played since beating Akron Dec. 10. The Bulldogs but looked strong as they scored the first eight points and never trailed. They led 27-6 on a jumper by forward Zach Collins with 12:06 left, 43-29 at halftime and 64-48 midway through the second half.I thought they did good, especially the way we started the first half, Few said. Usually when you come out of finals like this, youre a little bit concerned about losing rhythm. We had some pretty good rhythm going into finals. Gave them several days off, I was a little bit worried about that. They responded.South Dakota (9-5) of the Summit League is that last nonconference obsstacle. Cheap Nike Air Max 90 Yellow. The Coyotes are off to their best start since joining Division I for the 2008-09 campaign. They have lost in true road games to Nebraska and Portland, but they were competitive in each.The Coyotes lost 73-61 in Lincoln, Neb., after cutting a 26-4 deficit to two points in the second half. They were defeated 85-82 at Portland last Friday on a last-second 3-point shot.Two days after that setback, South Dakota regrouped to defeat Montana State 80-68 in Bozeman, Mont., scoring 20 unanswered points as part of a 25-3 run. Former Air Force guard Matt Mooney, a sophomore, scored a career-high 28 points and junior guard Trey Dickerson, formerly of Iowa, added a career-high 14 points.The victory snapped a five-game losing streak away from South Dakota. The Coyotes are finishing a stretch of three road games in six days.Shout out to our whole squad, Dickerson said. Happy to get on a (winning) streak now. Gonzaga next. Love my squad. Great way to bounce back on the road (rallying to beat Montana State).Mooney (14.7 points a game) leads four Coyotes who are averaging in double digits.Gonzaga will have a decided size advantage with South Dakota starting nobody taller than 6-foot-7. The Bulldogs will counter with 7-1, 300-pound center Przemek Karnowski, who averages 12.2 points and a team-high 6.5 rebounds per game.The Bulldogs also have 6-9 power forward Johnathan Williams (shooting 57.7 percent from the field), Collins, a 7-foot reserve center (leads the WCC by shooting 69.2 percent) and 6-10 reserve power forward Killian Tillie (4.0 rebounds per game). 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