CHARLOTTE -- The Carolina Panthers are about to put an end to one wide receiver's era while opening the door for another.
The Panthers are expected to place fourth-year wideout Keary Colbert on injured reserve today and fill his spot by promoting Jason Carter from the practice squad.
General manager Marty Hurney didn't want to comment on the pending move Thursday since the paperwork wasn't completed, but Carter's agent said the team had informed the player of the move after practice.
Colbert, the team's second-round pick in 2004, has almost certainly seen his last action as a Panther, since he's an unrestricted free agent this spring and has gotten progressively less productive.
He showed flashes as a rookie, catching 47 passes for 754 yards and five touchdowns in the place of the injured Steve Smith. In the three years since, he's totaled 62 receptions for 670 yards and two touchdowns.
He rebounded a bit this year with 32 catches for 332 yards, but lost his starting job three weeks ago before he was sidelined with soreness in his knee.
Carter, a former quarterback at Texas A&M, has spent the entire year on the Panthers' practice squad after being waived by Minnesota last summer at final cuts.
At 6-feet and 205 pounds, he's not the prototypical size, but he has potential as a receiver -- and might have the second-best arm on the roster at the moment. He spent last year with Minnesota, most of the time on the practice squad, but earned a late call-up for one game.
He laughed this week recalling the time he spent portraying Tennessee's Vince Young for the scout team, enjoying getting back to his roots.
"That was fun, getting back in there," Carter said. "I just feel like I'm an athlete, I can make plays on the field. That's how I feel. If they want me to long snap, I'll do that. If you limit yourself, that's when you hurt yourself."
He's also one of the obvious sparkplugs in practice, constantly bouncing around and talking to the defense.
"I love to play the game of football," he said. "Any time I get the chance to play, I try to make plays. If I see somebody down, I try to talk some trash, get them up."
He does so with good-natured taunting.
At one point last week, he told cornerback Richard Marshall he had something in common with an all-day drug store.
"I told them I'm always going to be open; they say my store is closed, so I tell them I'm like Walgreen's -- open 24 hours," Carter said with a grin. "We have a lot of fun with that. Every day, I'm hearing it from somebody."
Since he hasn't played this year, defensive end Stanley McClover accused him of being more like a bank -- "He's only open on weekdays, not on the weekends," McClover said with a cackle.
"He keeps practice interesting, it's fun," Marshall said. "It's real important that the guys on the look team give us a good look. We need to know what's coming. So for them to play as hard as they do, that's great.
"Jason's a good receiver, you can tell he gets after it."