Listed halfway down the Carolina Panthers’ depth chart Tuesday was a player whose status could have a big impact on the game at Dallas on Thanksgiving.
J.J. Jansen, the Panthers’ long snapper for all 106 games since the start of the 2009 season, was limited at Tuesday’s practice after arriving at Bank of America Stadium with a headache.
Jansen is scheduled to visit the doctor Tuesday afternoon, when a decision will be made whether he enters the concussion protocol.
“He had a headache this morning. We were a little concerned obviously. So the doctor will come in and check him out,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. “He said he took a shot in the (Washington) game.”
The Panthers have a three-headed contingency plan at snapper: Defensive end Jared Allen and tight ends Greg Olsen and Ed Dickson all can snap.
But Rivera said the Panthers likely would sign a free-agent snapper if Jansen goes into the protocol.
Jansen, a Pro Bowler in 2013, has been successful on 99.9 percent of his snaps since the Panthers acquired him in a trade with Green Bay in 2013. Jansen’s only errant snap came on a punt in the 2010 season opener against the Giants at MetLife Stadium.