NEWS OF THE DAY
If you want to see Mike Minter in Bank of America Stadium again, you might want to show up for Fan Fest this morning.
The team's elder statesman said Friday he's considered retiring before the start of the regular season because of the pain in his knees. He wants to play a few preseason games before he makes a decision, but the first two are on the road. By the time they play New England on Aug. 24, camp will be over and his decision will likely be reached.
It'll be a sad day for the franchise when he hangs them up, and it could be coming sooner than expected.
WHAT WE LEARNED
The Panthers are a touch defensive about the appearance of making a desperation move. They had discussed obtaining Chris Harris from Chicago long before Minter dropped Friday's bombshell, so it's not as if there was a one-to-one correlation. And frankly, it's not as if giving up a fifth-round pick next year was out of range for someone who's started 20 games the last two years. It's also not as if they didn't need Harris anyway.
But they seem a little tender that anyone might think that.
WR Keary Colbert, written off by many, has had a good camp. He's catching everything, and looks more like the rookie who impressed in 2004 than the guy who slogged through the next two years because of injuries or whatever else it might have been.
The officials who are here to discuss new rules with the team worked the morning practice, and they're in midseason form. They were calling pass interference on more plays than not during one-on-ones between the receivers and corners.
NUMBER OF THE DAY
That's Chris Harris' new jersey. Look for it, because he's going to be starting here sooner rather than later. They haven't given the number out since 1998, when Juran Bolden wore it with distinction.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"You know what, my knees don't react the way they used to. So we know that, and we try to stay off them as much as possible. I know this defense inside and out, so it's not like I'm going backward because I'm not going out there on the field.
"The main thing is to get these young guys some reps and opportunities to get on that football field. Because at the end of the day, you never know when you're going to need them." -- FS Mike Minter, talking about the sore knees that have him pondering retirement.
The Panthers will practice at 11 a.m. at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte before their first day off of camp Sunday.
-- Darin Gantt