The Panthers came back to work Monday, and if you looked around the room you'd never know they were 0-3.
Bob Marley was wailing on the locker room radio, and there was a tangible sense that they believe "every little thing, is gonna be all right."
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"You can feel it in the air," QB Jake Delhomme said. "It's a loosey kind of attitude."
There were several versions of "the season starts now" uttered by players coming off the bye week, with LB Jon Beason saying "this could be the start of the season for us."
Granted, Washington, Tampa Bay and Buffalo are all looking at the Panthers as a chance to get well also, but these guys know the upcoming three-game run is crucial to their season.
-- LB Thomas Davis said he was "definitely confident," that LB Na'il Diggs and SS Chris Harris would be back this week.
Harris laughed and said he hoped Davis was right, admitting he never thought he'd be out this long.
While coach John Fox said Harris was "kicked in the knee" during a Week 1 practice, Harris said he was "slid into" and "tweaked" his knee a bit.
Either way, he's feeling better, and hopes to play. That would help in many areas, specifically giving them a signal-caller back on the field.
-- DT Sunny Harris was back after a weekend transaction. He was cut for veteran DT Hollis Thomas, then re-signed to the practice squad. He had offers from five other teams, but chose to stay here.
To make room for him on the practice squad, they released DE Maurice Evans.