Panthers banged up in win

The Panthers (4-2) are pretty banged up and clearly in need of a bye week before they host the Vikings on Oct. 30. Quarterback Jake Delhomme was not available to speak to the media after the win over Detroit because he was still feeling woozy from a blow he took to his head, team spokesman Charlie Dayton said.

According to team sources, Delhomme briefly lost consciousness on the hit by strong safety Kenoy Kennedy, one that drew a 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct. The Panthers still managed to beat the Lions 21-20 when backup Chris Weinke led the team on the winning drive and connected with Ricky Proehl on a 3-yard touchdown pass with 32 seconds left in the game.

"Afterwards, I did go over to him and say, 'Man, are you still alive? That guy hit you so hard!'" teammate Mike Minter said. "He said he kind of remembered the play -- and then the next thing he remembered was waking up and having (trainer) Ryan Vermillion in his face, talking about, 'Focus on me. Focus on me.' I'm glad we've got a week off so he can go heal that brain of his."

When asked how Delhomme was feeling after the game, coach John Fox said, "He knows what state we're in."

Delhomme isn't the only one in need of a bye week.

Middle linebacker Dan Morgan injured his shoulder and left the game on a cart in the third quarter after being unable to walk off under his own power. The extent of that injury was not known, but he could be the most seriously hurt of Carolina's injured players.

Also, wide receiver Keary Colbert left the game with an ankle injury in the first quarter, and tight end Kris Mangum was shaken up after a blow to the head.

Defensive end Julius Peppers may have broken a bone in his hand. Peppers left the game late in the second quarter and then played the entire second half with a cast on his right hand. He said he did not have an X-ray at halftime.

The Panthers played Sunday without the services of starting cornerback Chris Gamble and fullback Brad Hoover, as well as backup running back DeShaun Foster. According to general manager Marty Hurney, Foster has a bruised knee.

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