Friday August 15th, 2014

Carolina Panthers linebacker Chase Blackburn will sit out Sunday's preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs with a back injury but is not expected to miss an extended period of time after an MRI revealed no significant issues.

Blackburn missed practice Thursday after tweaking his back.

More: Panthers quarterback Cam Newton medically cleared to play

The 31-year-old recorded 18 tackles in 13 games and seven starts for the Panthers last season. Blackburn is listed as the starter at strongside linebacker on the team's depth chart.

Carolina opens the regular season Sept. 7 at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

- Chris Johnson

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