Carolina Panthers

Fauria coy about Patriots' scandal

CHARLOTTE -- If a movie is ever made featuring new Carolina Panthers tight end Christian Fauria, Jon Lovitz might have to play him.

The actor known for selling such incredible lies on "Saturday Night Live" might be the only guy who could sell the lines Fauria was using Thursday, as the former New England Patriot was asked about the cheating allegations against his former team.

"As far as filming it, I don't know. I never saw it when I was there," Fauria began, a broad grin creeping across his face. "I really didn't. I swear I didn't. No really, I didn't. Seriously, I didn't. I really didn't."

By the end of such a passionate string of denials, even Fauria was laughing (although the league's taking it very seriously).

The veteran tight end knew what was coming when he signed with the Panthers, and he admitted he's been hearing it from every corner of the building.

"I know I don't want an asterisk next to the Super Bowls," he said. "Especially being in this locker room now, and all the heat I'm getting."

The 35-year-old tight end won two titles with New England, including the Super Bowl XXXVIII crown over the Panthers. There have been rumors the Patriots secretly filmed Panthers practices that week, but Fauria laughed and said he didn't want it tainting his accomplishment.

"I better go call my wife and tell her to put them in a safe," he said of his two rings. "Personally, I was going back and forth about how I really feel about it, and I kind of think of it ... I'm all for doing what it takes to win. If somebody leaves their playbook out in plain view, I'm going to look. If I'm on an offense and I can pick up the defensive calls, I'm going to tell the rest of the offense.

"Either way, I don't really care, I'm not affiliated with that team any more."

• KEEPING HIS HEAD UP: Rookie wide receiver Dwayne Jarrett, two days removed from his 21st birthday, said he's trying not to worry himself that he's not playing.

"Well, I'm just a rookie coming in, there are a couple guys here in front of me they know about," Jarrett said. "I've just got to wait my turn, keep working hard and hopefully you'll see me out there."

The Panthers' second-round pick was inactive for last week's game against St. Louis, and unless things change, that's probably going to become a trend. Since the Panthers generally keep just four wideouts active on game day, he'd have to pass either Drew Carter or Keary Colbert to get a uniform, since he doesn't factor into the team's special teams plans.

"It's not necessarily an indicator of whether we think he's a good player or not at all," coach John Fox said. "But the reality is you are only allowed 46 or 45, depending on if you count the third quarterback or not, active on Sundays. There were four guys that we thought gave us a better opportunity coming into the game. But we feel good about him and his development and his future."

Jarrett admitted he was disappointed, although he's trying not to dwell on it.

"I would say a little bit, but at the same time, you can't do nothing about it except keep working hard," he said. "It's part of the game, part of the NFL and part of being a man about it."

• EXTRA POINTS: Defensive end Stanley McClover was out of practice Thursday after working the day before. He missed last week's game because of a thigh injury, although he seemed to be worked on a limited basis Wednesday.

When asked if he had a setback in his recovery, Fox replied, "No. He's got a thigh that we're being cautious with."

Safety Nate Salley didn't practice either, but that's nothing new. He's done little since injuring his right knee Aug. 1.

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