STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

LB Dan Morgan should be back in the lineup this week -- really. Last week Morgan looked like he would play up until Saturday when the hamstring began to tighten up on him and the team decided to hold him out. This time, it appears Morgan really will play. That means Will Witherspoon will move back to the weak-side linebacker this week.

   Jenkins said he never thought about playing football anywhere other than Carolina.

   "I like it here. It's quiet and not too fast paced and keeps me out of trouble," he said.

   Jenkins plans to use a portion of his signing bonus to begin a foundation to benefit children in Charlotte as well as his hometown in Ypsilanti, MI. An advocate for children, Jenkins has made school appearances, visited children's hospitals and provided financial assistance to a youth football team in need of equipment.

   "For me most of the things I do revolve around kids," Jenkins said. "They are at the point of their lives where some of the influences can changer their lives."

PERSONNEL/INJURY NOTES

   --LB Dan Morgan should be back in the lineup this week -- really. Last week Morgan looked like he would play up until Saturday when the hamstring began to tighten up on him and the team decided to hold him out. This time, it appears Morgan really will play. That means Will Witherspoon will move back to the weak-side linebacker this week.

   --TE Kris Mangum might be a scratch this week after suffering a sprained ankle in last week's game against Atlanta.

   --LB Mike Caldwell is questionable for this week against the Saints. If he plays, he will see action on special teams.

   GAME PLAN: It would be easy to say the Panthers will pound the ball at the Saints on Sunday, but don't be surprised if the Panthers test the waters deep. New Orleans' defense, particularly its secondary, has been decimated by injuries. Last week Peyton Manning was barely pressured at all and threw six touchdown passes against the Saints.

   MATCHUPS TO WATCH: Panthers DE Mike Rucker vs. Saints new LT -- Rucker is off to a terrific start this season, tied for the NFL lead with five sacks. That number could increase on Sunday when he faces the Saints. Left tackle Wayne Gandy, the Saints regular starter, is expected to be out this week with a knee injury. If he is, Spencer Folau will be the starter. Look for plenty of pressure on Aaron Brooks.

   INJURY IMPACT: Unlike the Saints, the Panthers are relatively healthy coming into this week's game. Linebacker Dan Morgan is expected to play this week after missing the last two games with a hamstring injury. He was full go at practice on Wednesday. Meanwhile, tight end Kris Mangum and backup linebacker Mike Caldwell are questionable. Although Mangum is a starter, it's not a huge deal if he misses the game. The Panthers regularly rotate in reserve tight ends Jermaine Wiggins and rookie Mike Seidman.

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