Mid Week Notes

Panthers mid-week news and notes heading into the bye week.

--QB Jake Delhomme should be back in the lineup when the Panthers resume play after the bye. He did not have a concussion on Sunday, coach John Fox said, even though he was briefly knocked unconscious.

--QB Chris Weinke was the hero on Sunday, relieving injured Jake Delhomme and leading his team to the winning touchdown with 32 seconds left in the game for a 21-20 win over the Lions. Weinke will remain the No. 2 quarterback, but may have earned himself some good money next off-season when he becomes an unrestricted free agent.

--RB Stephen Davis is averaging just 3.1 yards per carry, the lowest mark of his career. He was fairly ineffective on Sunday without fullback Brad Hoover.

--RB DeShaun Foster did not play on Sunday because of a knee bruise, but is likely to return for the Minnesota game on Oct. 30. Unless coach John Fox decides to make a change before then to add some spark to the running game, Foster will be the No. 2 back behind Stephen Davis.

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

--WR Steve Smith posted his third straight 100-yard receiving game and now has 7 touchdowns this season.

--WR Keary Colbert made three catches on the first drive of Sunday's game then hurt his ankle and did not return. The Panthers hope Colbert will come alive after the bye week.

--WR Ricky Proehl had a big game for the Panthers on Sunday, catching four passes for 41 yards on the final drive, including a 3-yard touchdown reception from Chris Weinke.

--WR Rod Gardner caught his first touchdown pass from Jake Delhomme and it seems only a matter of time before he replaces Keary Colbert in the starting lineup.

--TE Kris Mangum took a blow to the head on Sunday and did not return. It's uncertain if he suffered a concussion.

--TE Michael Gaines was used primarily as a blocker on Sunday.

--TE Mike Seidman, a former third-round pick, is playing with a shoulder injury but isn't really living up to expectations in Carolina.

--PK John Kasay has now missed his last three field goals - all from behind 50 yards and two of which were blocked - after making his first eight this season.

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

--KR Rod Smart sat out Sunday against Detroit because of a groin injury. He could be back when the Panthers meet the Vikings on Oct. 30.

--KR Jamal Robertson did not have a great day returning kickoffs as the Lions shut him down.

--CB Chris Gamble did not play Sunday. He was given a week off to rest his ankle. He should return for Minnesota on Oct. 30.

--CB Ken Lucas was excellent again on Sunday against the Lions, although they were without their top two receivers.

--CB Ricky Manning played well in a starting role on Sunday, filling in nicely for the injured Chris Gamble.

--LB Dan Morgan has a dislocation in his shoulder.

After a barrage of questions about Morgan's shoulder, a reluctant John Fox finally admitted the Pro Bowl linebacker has "some dislocation." However Fox was optimistic Morgan might be able to recover through rehabilitation and be ready for the Vikings game. "They're still evaluating that and deciding what they want to do as far as rehabbing it," Fox said. "I think right now they are just going to rehab it and see how the shoulder reacts to the rehabilitation. I think there was a dislocation involved. He'll be day to day. You can put a harness on it. There's different ways you can adjust it to play. It's way too early to tell yet (if he will play in two weeks)."

--DE Julius Peppers has a broken bone in his hand but will continue to play with a cast on.

--LB Will Witherspoon simply doesn't look as fast as he did before he injured his knee earlier in the season.

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