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Fox staying mum on Briggs hit

Even though several of his players were comfortable calling Bears LB Lance Briggs' shot on QB Jake Delhomme a "dirty" hit, Panthers coach John Fox didn't want to go there during his Monday press conference.

"Well, really, I'm not able to have an opinion, only because they (the NFL) get in your pocket," Fox said. "It's something that we'll address and look at and go from there."

When Fox was reminded he was perfectly able to have an opinion, he agreed: "And I'm able to keep it to myself."

The Panthers are getting a little chafed about the way people are treating their QB, with good reason. After all, Chargers LB Shawne Merriman was fined $7,500 for his hit at Delhomme's legs the previous week.