However, Panthers defensive end Mike Rucker missed his second straight day of practice on Thursday and remains questionable on the injury report with a foot injury.">
However, Panthers defensive end Mike Rucker missed his second straight day of practice on Thursday and remains questionable on the injury report with a foot injury.">

FRIDAY ROUND-UP

Wide receiver Keary Colbert practiced Thursday and said he will play in Sunday's big game against the New Orleans Saints.<br><br> "I'm going to play -- ain't no question about it," said Colbert.<br><br> However, Panthers defensive end Mike Rucker missed his second straight day of practice on Thursday and remains questionable on the injury report with a foot injury.

Colbert sprained his ankle on a touchdown catch during last Sunday's 37-20 win over Tampa Bay. He didn't practice on Wednesday, but was upgraded to probable on the injury report on Thursday.

However, Panthers defensive end Mike Rucker missed his second straight day of practice on Thursday and remains questionable on the injury report with a foot injury.

Rucker was receiving treatment on Thursday and did not speak with reporters, but teammates said he told them he expects to play on Sunday.

"He better play. If we have to cut off that foot and put another one on there, he better play," said strong safety Mike Minter, Rucker's closest friend on the team. "Yeah, he will be ready. He'll play."

If he doesn't Al Wallace, a solid veteran backup, would likely get the start for the Panthers. However, with the team's No. 4 defensive end Kemp Rasmussen also listed as questionable with a neck injury, the Panthers might be thin at defensive end if Rucker can't go.

After a slow start this season, Rucker has played better of late with three sacks in the past four games. The Panthers are relieved that Colbert will be ready for this week's game.

Colbert has posted solid numbers for a rookie with 45 receptions, 717 receiving yards and five touchdowns.

PLAYER NOTES:
--WR Keary Colbert practiced on Thursday and will start for the Panthers on Sunday.

--RB Nick Goings looks for his sixth 100-yard rushing game in the past seven starts when he faces New Orleans on Sunday.

--DT Kindal Moorehead will be a key to stopping Deuce McAllister on Sunday. McAllister had a horrendous afternoon on Dec. 5 against the Panthers, fumbling once and dropping two passes.

--QB Jake Delhomme has a 106.4 quarterback rating since Week 9. During that span he has thrown 18 touchdown passes and only four interceptions and has complete control of Carolina's offense.

--LB Dan Morgan should have a big impact on Sunday's game and should help the Panthers keep Deuce McAllister in check.

--WR Muhsin Muhammad will see plenty of man-to-man coverage from the Saints on Sunday, which means he could have a big game if he gets loose. He had 179 yards receiving in the last meeting with the Saints.

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