NEWS OF THE DAY
Didn't you hear? The Panthers took the first step toward the Super Bowl by letting Steve Smith break Ken Lucas' nose. The whole scene Monday was surreal, as all anyone could talk about was forgiveness and moving on, acting as if Friday's fight never happened.
If the players -- particularly on defense -- are as genuinely able to pardon Smith as it sounds, the Panthers are onto something big. It's just hard to believe the words and true feelings are matching up so quickly, though.
WHAT WE LEARNED
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All the Panthers' WR depth is on one side. They're stacked up at the Z, or strong side wideout, with Muhsin Muhammad, D.J. Hackett and Dwayne Jarrett lined up there. The X, or weakside wideout, is the province of Smith and injured Ryne Robinson.
They try to work all their receivers at multiple spots, but other than Smith, the closest thing to an established X is former practice-squader Jason Carter. He's also getting all the punt return work with Robinson out, increasing his chances of hanging around the first two weeks and beyond.
Carter made one of the plays of the night, hauling in a deep Matt Moore pass. He's going to have a chance in the upcoming games to prove himself other than previous camp phenoms such as Taye Biddle.
Before, it was just the offensive linemen running laps. But defensive line coach Sal Sunseri got tired of watching Charles Johnson and Stanley McClover jump offsides Monday morning, so he sent them for a lap, as well. During the night practice, he made Johnson and Hilee Taylor drop and give him 10 push-ups when they did it later.
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Amazingly enough, LB Adam Seward wasn't able to make it through a full practice. The oft-injured Seward (abdominal, this time) tried to go but was unable to finish the morning workout.
With Jon Beason rolling an ankle, that left rookie Dan Connor as the next guy in line, though they could also use Landon Johnson (a younger Chris Draft) in the middle, as well.
NUMBER OF THE DAY
Healthy defensive tackles, for a change. They got Maake Kemoeatu and Darwin Walker back on the field, leaving just Damione Lewis and Ian Scott on the side. Lewis has been any-day-now for a week, while Scott is out another couple of weeks or so.
Still a lot of kids wearing 89 jerseys around the practice fields. Whether they're morally ambivalent or just extremely forgiving was unclear.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"I'm not going to get into who's right, who's wrong. I'm completely wrong. It was an asinine decision. And I'll move forward better than I probably have ever had to. Because it's the first time in my life that I really haven't forgiven myself. That's what I'm working on." -- Smith, wrapping up his statement to reporters after the morning practice.
The Panthers will practice once today, at 3:10 p.m.