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Running back DeShaun Foster will miss six to 10 weeks with a broken clavicle, head coach John Fox said Monday.<br><br> The injury came in Sunday's 20-17 loss to the Denver Broncos. Foster left the game in the second quarter and did not return. <br><br> The Panthers also lost reserve defensive back William Hampton for the remainder of the season to a torn ACL and MCL in his knee. The Panthers are likely to place Hampton on injured reserve. <br><br>

"We've been less fortunate with injuries this year than we have the past couple (of years)," Fox said of the mounting number of injuries this season. "But I look around the league, and there are lot of players getting injured. It's that way every year, but it seems there have been a little bit more of them early this year. With us, that has been the case."

The Panthers hope to have Stephen Davis back for Sunday's game against Philadelphia, but that's not a certainty.

"Hopefully (his knee) will be a week closer to being healed. We didn't feel like he was 100 percent Sunday," Fox said. "We evaluated it all week. We just have to continue that this week."

With Davis still healing and Foster and Rod Smart both out Sunday, the Panthers have only one healthy back in Nick Goings, and Fox admitted he expects the team to make a roster move this week.

One option, Fox said, would be to sign undrafted rookie Joey Harris from the practice squad.

"Obviously, we're going to have to do something," Fox said. "What that is, I can't answer yet. We're evaluating that now, and hopefully by Wednesday we'll have made a decision and move forward. We're very thin there at this point."

Despite all of the injuries, Fox believes the 1-3 Panthers will respond this week against the Eagles.

"I don't think there is any quit in our football team regardless of the circumstances," Fox said. "We still have three quarters of the season left, and whether there are injuries or not, nobody is going to come rescue us. We have to bow up and compete."


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