Panthers notes, quotes

Here are some notes and recent news from wire services about the Carolina Panthers, Green Bay's upcoming opponent on Monday night:

Despite his costly interception on Sunday, Jake Delhomme actually increased his quarterback rating by nearly 16 points, raising it from 56.6 to 72.3. That's because he threw for almost 300 yards and three touchdowns prior to the interception.

-- The Panthers were without two defensive starters as linebacker Will Witherspoon (knee) and cornerback Ken Lucas (shoulder) both sat out Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins.

Vinny Ciurciu started in place of Witherspoon, while Ricky Manning Jr. started for Lucas.

Lucas didn't walk to talk specifically about his shoulder injury after the game, but said he would be back next Monday night against the Green Bay Packers. He also offered some bizarre comments after the game, especially for a guy who didn't play.

"We can't come into another person's environment and not come out with the same type of energy that we have at home in a game like the one against New England," said Lucas. "We've lost two games now that we probably should have won. On paper, people expected us to win. But we can't go nowhere in the NFL and expect to win if we play like we played today."

Panthers coach John Fox said both Lucas and Witherspoon have a better shot of playing Monday night against Green Bay.

-- Ronnie Brown became the first back to run for 100 yards on the Panthers this season, and the first Miami rookie to reach that mark since J.J. Johnson did it back in 1999.

Still, Panthers defensive tackle Brentson Buckner wasn't impressed with Brown's 22-carry, 132-yard performance.

"Ronnie Brown didn't do nothing," Buckner said. "Don't even come over here with anything about Ronnie Brown. Ronnie Brown had 37 yards until he hit that one long run. And he hit that one long run because we missed an assignment. So don't ask me what Ronnie Brown was doing to get those yards. Go look at the stats. Ronnie Brown had 37 yards until he got that one long run -- so he didn't do nothing. It's all about what we didn't do right."

Actually Brown had 49 yards, but we get the point.

-- The Panthers released former third-round draft choice Atiyyah Ellison on Sunday, and elevated cornerback Garnell Wilds from the practice squad to the 53-man roster. Wilds had spent time last season with the Washington Redskins.

Ellison was the highest-drafted rookie not to make his team when the Panthers cut him Sept. 3.

He was signed back to the practice squad a day later, and the Panthers gave him another shot when they added him to the 53-man roster after Kris Jenkins went down with a season-ending knee injury in Week 1.

-- The Panthers are a minus-4 in the turnover ratio in their two losses and plus-2 in their lone victory.

"It comes down to turnovers," said Panthers coach John Fox. "We didn't start exceptionally fast and we had a couple of turnovers. I think our guys fought back, but at the end of the day we're minus-2 in the turnover column, and on the road you just can't do that."

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