Carolina Panthers



WR Steve Smith's going to miss two regular-season games for punching Ken Lucas in the face, and he's probably going to miss Thursday's preseason game at Philadelphia, as well.

Smith suffered a concussion in Saturday's preseason opener, after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit from Colts S Antoine Bethea in the first quarter.

No need rushing him, not even because the Panthers are running out of wideouts. With D.J. Hackett (surprise) out again, that left Jason Carter and Muhsin Muhammad atop a shallow depth chart there.


Maybe there was some hangover from that emotional overtime win Saturday.

Whatever the reason, practice wasn't exactly what you'd call crisp. Coaches were yelling at players left and right in the morning. At one point, LB coach Ken Flajole told his guys "it looks like a pillow fight in there." It wasn't a compliment.


You know, if the Panthers hadn't lucked into drafting rookie FS Charles Godfrey, we'd all be talking about what a great bargain pickup S Terrence Holt was. He picked off a Matt Moore pass in the evening session and took it to the house. When everyone's healthy, he's going to be a valuable reserve and a key special-teamer.


You hate to kick a guy when he's down, but it sure seems like FB Troy Fleming just has bad hands. After a fumble in Saturday's game, he dropped a few passes in the morning session.

Brad Hoover breathes easily again.


That irrepressible Brett Basanez will do anything to stay in the middle of the action. After a Dante Wesley interception (not thrown by him), Basanez chased Wesley down the sideline to strip the ball away.

If he doesn't stick, it won't be for a lack of ingratiating himself on the coaches for being willing to do anything.


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People who rode off the practice field on a cart with an injured WR Dwayne Jarrett, and the number of minutes it took all of them (besides Jarrett) to return.

It was a scary looking fall/aftermath, but apparently Jarrett just suffered a bruise.


"I thought it went well. I don't get too many chances to start, stuck behind first-round picks at middle linebacker since I've been here. But I believe in myself, and I'm pretty sure the organization believes in me. They put me out there and gave me a start, and every time I get out there on the field I think I play well and try to show what I can do and show I can be a starter." -- LB Adam Seward, before he began his metaphorical big, wet, sloppy kiss-on-the-mouth to the Patriots organization, who chose not to give him a restricted free agent offer sheet this spring after he visited.

Seward's "I love the Pats" diatribe was among the weirdest displays of self-immolation in franchise history.


The Panthers are done with two-a-days, as they'll go once today at 3:10 p.m. Then there's the walk-through Wednesday around 9:30 a.m., before they break camp for the year.