BATTLE OF THE WEEK: Rich Tylski vs. Doug Brzezinski for starting RG - Tylski got the starting nod over Brzezinski at right guard Saturday night against the Redskins. Tylski, who has been out of football for two years, has been splitting reps with Brzezinski during training camp. That may not be good news for Brzezinski, who spent all of last season playing behind Jeno James and had hoped to step in and start this year.
OTHER BATTLE FRONTS: Rodney Peete vs. Chris Weinke for backup QB - Weinke clearly outplayed Peete on Saturday night. Weinke, who had a great preseason last year but never got in a regular season game, completed 5 of 10 passes for 123 yards TD passes of 68 and 42 yards to Keary Colbert. Carolina's second-team offense struggled with Rodney Peete at the helm. Peete played the entire second quarter, completing just 4 of 9 passes for 48 yards with one interception that led to a Redskins field goal.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK: WR Keary Colbert -- Southern Cal's all-time leading receiver made the most of his NFL debut, hauling in touchdown passes of 42 and 68 yards from third-string quarterback Chris Weinke, but the Panthers still lost 23-20 to the Washington Redskins in their preseason opener at FedExField. Colbert, who had been relatively quiet in training camp, also made a nice 21-yard reception near the sidelines in the second quarter to finish the game with three catches for 131 yards.
ROOKIE REPORT: First-round pick Chris Gamble, a cornerback from Ohio State, started for the Panthers on Saturday night and gave up a 34-yard pass to Laveranues Colts and was flagged for illegal contact downfield but otherwise played well. "I wasn't nervous out there," Gamble said. "Being with the first unit and playing against receivers like Coles is good for me." ... Colbert turned in a huge game in his first preseason outing with three catches for 131 yards and two TDs. ... Third-round draft pick Travelle Wharton entered the game in the second quarter and had some ups and downs at left tackle, but did not allow a sack.Chris Gamble (1st round) is working with the first team at corner and picking up the defense very well. ... Tight end Michael Gaines (7th round) had a quiet night Saturday.
INJURY REPORT: Among the Panthers who did not play Saturday night included defensive linemen Shane Burton (sore knee), Al Wallace (hyperextended elbow) and Kavika Pittman (sore knee), cornerback Artrell Hawkins (sore knee), running back Nick Goings (ankle sprain), and linebacker Jonathan Harrell (leg muscle pull). Guard Bruce Nelson (torn labrum), who is expected to be out at least two months, and wide receiver Drew Carter, who is out for the season with a knee injury, also did not play.
Also, linebacker Jessie Armstead strained his shoulder in Saturday night's game against Washington, while fullback Casey Moore sprained his ankle. However, neither is believed to be serious as the Panthers emerged from their first preseason game fairly healthy.