Prior to a practice last week at Wofford College, Panthers All-Pro defensive tackle Kris Jenkins was joking around on one of the team's equipment golf carts and accidentally slammed into 62-year old Gene Brown, the team's director of security.
Brown was talking on his radio when he heard a cart coming up behind him. With carts running back and forth to the field regularly before the start of practice, Brown didn't think twice about it until the cart slammed into the bag of his legs, throwing him backward. Luckily, Jenkins stopped short of running Brown over while he was laying on the ground.
Brown, who has been with the Panthers for 10 years and is well respected by the players, has some cuts and scrapes on both legs along with some bruising along with soreness. His legs were wrapped in ice for much of the afternoon and he said they were "pretty sore." Jenkins, who had been messing around on the cart before practice as he occasionally does, apparently never saw Brown.
"I just feel terrible for him," Brown said. "He's been over to apologize to me about 50 times. He feels awful. I keep telling him I'll be fine." When a reporter approached a visibly upset Jenkins about the incident, the player refused comment.
--QB Chris Weinke appears to have spent a little time with Ricky Proehl's barber, showing up at practice on Thursday with a buzz cut. "Your hair is either turning colors or turning loose. Mine is turning loose," Weinke said with a laugh.
--Players got their first look at the new Madden NFL 2005 video game on Thursday. EA Sports set up three different television sets and several players took their joysticks and went one-on-one in the lobby of the Student Activities Centers at Wofford College. Julius Peppers, who picked the Philadelphia Eagles as his team, defeated Brentson Buckner, who chose the Panthers, 27-7.
"That was a little warmup I did on Buck. I'm usually the best player," Peppers said. Asked why Buckner got to choose the Panthers, Peppers said, "I don't like playing with the best teams on the game so I try to stay away from New England and Carolina."
"So you chose Philadelphia?" a reported asked. "Yeah," Peppers said with a laugh. Peppers said the fact Philadelphia beat Carolina was more an issue of him being a better video game player than Buckner. "The key is to stay calm and keep playing the game," Peppers said. "I just play the game. I don't really take it to heart. They take it to heart."
--The best play of the first quarter came at the hands of back judge Steve Freeman, who inadvertently got in the way of a Todd Sauerbrun punt, preventing the ball from going into the end zone. Brandon Short downed the ball for Carolina at Redskins 2-yard line.
The officials attempted to change the call and give the Redskins the ball at the 20-yard line, but head coach John Fox challenged the call and won. The ball was placed back on the 2.
Freeman apparently got faked out by Redskins punt returner Chad Morton who raced up to the 10-yard line waving his hand for a fair catch in an effort to throw off Carolina's punt coverage team.