Carolina Panthers

Deloatch to miss remainder

CHARLOTTE -- Carolina Panthers cornerback Curtis Deloatch will miss the rest of the season after tearing the his left ACL in last week's loss to Indianapolis.

Deloatch went down on the final play of the third quarter, leaving the Panthers with three cornerbacks.

They haven't made the corresponding move to replace him on the roster.

The 26-year-old Deloatch bounced to and from the roster several times this year, making the team at final cuts, only to be released the following day when the Panthers claimed players off waivers. He was re-signed in time to play the opener, but was released the next week when they signed tight end Christian Fauria.

They brought him back when cornerback Dante Wesley was lost for the year with a broken collarbone.

• IN CASE YOU FORGOT: After beginning his response to a completely unrelated question about the struggles on offense, coach John Fox came back with the following.

"I'd remind everybody we are 4-3," Fox said. "We are in first place in our division. I know we're 0-3 at home, but I don't think whether you're 3-and-whatever at home and so-so on the road, it still equals 4-3. I know how frustrated our fans can be and I'd prefer to win more at home for our fans. But the reality is we're 4-0 on the road and 0-3 at home and we're a 4-3 football team. We're not 0-7."

OK, coach.

Just to play along, if the season ended today, the Panthers would be the third seed in the NFC playoffs, set to face Detroit at home in the first round of the playoffs. They'd probably rather be the road team.

For the record, Fox is 26-18 on the road in his career (.591) and 22-21 at home (.512). He's one of four coaches in NFL history with a better record as a visitor.

• EXTRA POINTS: Those who wanted Nick Goings taken off kick returns (19.3-yard average) should be careful what they wish for. With DeAngelo Williams (18.0) handling the duties, they're last in the league in kickoff returns for the fourth straight week, averaging 17.7 yards per attempt. ... They're also last in the league in sacks per pass play (4), after failing to add any against the Colts.

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