Panther Insider News and Notes

RB Stephen Davis has a sore ankle and knee and could get some rest this week when the Panthers play host to the Detroit Lions.

With the Panthers all but resigned to being no higher than a No. 3 seed in the NFC playoffs, coach John Fox admitted Monday he may hold a few players out of this Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions.

Among them could be star running back Stephen Davis, who re-injured his ankle and tweaked his knee during a 20-17 win over the Arizona Cardinals.

Davis carried the ball just 13 times for 48 yards in the victory and was relieved often by DeShaun Foster, who ran four times for 16 yards and caught a 31-yard touchdown pass.

Also among those hurt Sunday were center Jeff Mitchell, who left the game in the second half with a groin injury, cornerback Terry Cousin, who re-injured his strained calf, safety Deon Grant (shoulder) and linebacker Will Witherspoon (wrist). In addition, defensive end Mike Rucker (knee), linebacker Dan Morgan (head) and cornerback Reggie Howard (ankle) did not play on Sunday and remain questionable for this week.

"There will probably a few players on our team that we'll look at and evaluate and see what is in the best interest of them and us as we approach these last few games," Fox said. "... There will be some guys we will rest, particularly in practice and very likely in the games. Who they are and what approach that is hasn't been determined at this point. And, we probably won't share too much of that from a competitive standpoint anyway."

Player Notes

--RB Stephen Davis has a sore ankle and knee and could get some rest this week when the Panthers play host to the Detroit Lions.

--C Jeff Mitchell was forced to leave Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals in the second half with a groin injury. Mitchell will be questionable for this week's game against Detroit.

--C/G Bruce Nelson, the team's second-round draft pick, saw his first significant action of the season on Sunday when he replaced center Jeff Mitchell in the second half. Nelson did fairly well, although he was called for one false start penalty.

--DE Mike Rucker did not play Sunday because of a second-degree medial collateral ligament sprain in his left knee. The Panthers might hold him out to get him ready for the playoffs.

--CB Reggie Howard did not play Sunday because of an ankle injury and he will be questionable for this week's game against Detroit. The Panthers might hold him out to get him rested for the playoffs.

--LB Dan Morgan could return after missing the last two starts with symptoms related to a concussion he suffered earlier in the season.

--WR Kevin Dyson was activated for the first time this season on Sunday, but did not get in the game.

--LB Will Witherspoon injured his wrist on Sunday but continued to play.

--CB Terry Cousin re-injured his calf in Sunday's game but continued to play.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Winning the division was a big goal of ours in the offseason. We talked early in the season in our preparation about how we wanted to close the gap in our division. I would say that's doing that. It's nice to have that wrapped up. It's tough, but it's all tough. Now we go on from here. We'll still try to continue to improve. It's one thing to get in, and then once you're in you want to make sure you bring your best. We're going to do everything we can to make sure we bring our best." -- Panthers coach John Fox following the team's win over Arizona, which clinched the NFC South division title.


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