Panthers & Lions Mid-Week Notes

QB Jake Delhomme, other than one interception, had a decent game against Arizona, throwing for 243 yards on 18 of 29 completions. He also led a crucial game-winning 94-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter despite a sore quadriceps. That showed his leadership and desire.

Panthers News

--QB Chris Weinke will be the team's No. 2 quarterback again this week behind Jake Delhomme. He has not played in a regular season game since 2002.

--RB Stephen Davis was held to 7 yards in the first half on Sunday as the Cardinals shut down Carolina's running game. He wound up with 46 yards on 18 carries and a touchdown.

--RB DeShaun Foster continues to play a vital role in Carolina's offense, especially as a receiver. He had two catches for 47 yards, including a big 30-yarder on a crucial fourth quarter drive. But Foster has to control his fumbling. He fumbled again on Sunday against Arizona on Carolinas' first possession.

--RB Nick Goings has been virtually nonexistent in Carolina's offense this season.

--WR Steve Smith had another terrific game on Sunday against Arizona with eight catches for 119 yards with two touchdown catches.

--WR Keary Colbert was held without a reception for the third time this season.

--WR Ricky Proehl had one catch for 11 yards on Sunday against his former team.

--WR Rod Gardner caught his first three passes of the season on Sunday for 33 yards.

--TE Kris Mangum continues to have his most productive season and caught three passes for 31 yards on Sunday.

--TE Michael Gaines had one catch for 2 yards last Sunday but was the team's No. 2 tight end behind Kris Mangum.

--TE Mike Seidman was inactive against Arizona, possibly losing his No. 2 spot to Michael Gaines.

--PK John Kasay had been 8-for-8 on field goal attempts this season but missed from 53 and 62 yards against Arizona.

--PR Steve Smith did not have any returns on Sunday.

--KR Rod Smart sat out Sunday against Arizona because of a groin injury. He could be back this week.

--KR Jamal Robertson did a solid job in place of Rod Smart with three kickoff returns for an average of 31.7 yards.

--CB Chris Gamble was horrendous on Sunday against Arizona playing on a bad ankle. Lucas would have been better off sitting out. He was benched at halftime and that made a huge different in Carolina's defense in the second half as they only allowed three points.

--CB Ken Lucas saved the day for Carolina on Sunday, going one-on-one with Larry Fitzgerald in the second half and pretty much shutting him down. Lucas tipped two passes that resulted in interceptions and had a fumble recovery.

--LB Vinny Ciurciu did not play Sunday because of a knee injury.

--S Marlon McCree had two interceptions for the Panthers on Sunday, both of batted passes from CB Ken Lucas. "Good things tend to happen when you run to the ball," McCree said.

--LB Dan Morgan continues to play well in the middle for Carolina. The Panthers need him to stay healthy because they are very thin at LB.

--LB Adam Seward was placed on IR on Saturday because of a foot injury.

--LB Sean Tufts was called up from the practice squad less than 24 hours before the start of the game Sunday and played well in a reserve role.

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Lions News

--WR Roy Williams, the Lions second-leading receiver with 12 receptions for 187 yards and a touchdown in the first four games, will wait for results of an ultrasound on his strained left quadriceps muscle before determining whether he will be able to practice this week or whether he has any chance of playing Sunday against Carolina.

--FB Cory Schlesinger will get more work in practice this week but Lions coach Steve Mariucci said Schlesinger would still be limited. He is coming off a broken left fibula in the season opener and might still be a week away from returning to game action.

--PR/KOR Eddie Drummond has a bruised left shin and a hyperextended knee that make his availability questionable for the Lions' game Sunday against the Carolina Panthers. Drummond is off to a slow start, averaging just 4.5 yards on 11 punt returns and 21.4 yards on 10 kickoff returns.

--QB Jeff Garcia will get more work in practice this week as he continues his recovery from a broken left fibula and badly sprained ankle. The Lions backup quarterback is not expected to play Sunday against Carolina, however.

--DE James Hall is to see a specialist this week to determine the severity of the groin injury that has kept him all except a handful of plays in the past two games.

--LS Don Muhlbach is wearing a brace while he recovers from a sprained knee and it appears unlikely he will be able to play in the Lions' game Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.

--QB Joey Harrington will be coming off a season-low 10 completions in 23 pass attempts for 97 yards against the Baltimore Ravens when the Lions take on the Carolina Panthers next Sunday at Ford Field. For the season, Harrington has completed only 51.3 percent of his passes, has four touchdowns and seven interceptions, and has a passer rating of 52.7.

--RB Kevin Jones has shown occasional flashes but little consistent production as the Lions continue to struggle to establish their running game. Jones is averaging less than 3 yards per carry with 205 yards on 71 rushes in four games. He has scored three rushing touchdowns, however.

--RB Shawn Bryson, who struggled with a heel injury the previous two games, seems to have regained his speed and effectiveness. His 77-yard touchdown run on his only touch against Baltimore was the Lions' longest scoring play of the season.

--WR Charles Rogers, who had just five receptions 77 yards in the Lions' first three games, has three games remaining on his four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse program.

--WR Kevin Johnson is the Lions' leading receiver with 13 catches for 110 yards in four games. He is also their only available healthy veteran receiver. Charles Rogers is serving a four-game suspension and Roy Williams has an injured quadriceps.

--TE Marcus Pollard has become one of the Lions' most productive receivers with nine receptions for 94 yards and a touchdown but he has had at least one drop in three of the team's four games this season.

--DE Kalimba Edwards has a team-leading four quarterback sacks, just a half sack less than he had in the entire 2004 season. Edwards has had three sacks in the past two games while filling in for injured RDE James Hall.

--CB R.W. McQuarters, the nickel back in the Lions' defensive packages, took over the punt and kick return duties when Eddie Drummond was injured Sunday against Baltimore. McQuarters also volunteered to help out as a WR while the team is shorthanded in that area due to injuries and the substance abuse suspension of WR Charles Rogers.

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