Mid Week Notes - 10-27-05

It's unclear how Dan Morgan's shoulder will hold up on Sunday, so the Vikings could see more of Vinny Ciurciu this week at middle linebacker. Morgan dislocated his left shoulder against the Lions on Oct. 16 and will play the rest of the season with a harness on. This is the same injury that forced him to go on injured reserve late in 2002 and have surgery. Surgery could still be an option for Morgan if the shoulder doesn't hold up to the pounding.

Outside of that, the harness will limit how far he can extend his left arm. That means he may not be able to make as many arm tackles and could have problems against physical backs.

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RB DeShaun Foster was back on the field Wednesday and looked good during practice. He should see some playing time on Sunday as long as he doesn't aggravate his knee.

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QB Jake Delhomme is showing no signs of a head injury nearly two weeks ago against the Lions. Delhomme has continued to practice and will start against the Vikings.

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CB Chris Gamble appears to have overcome an ankle injury and is now close to 100 percent.

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DE Julius Peppers could have his productivity limited because he will play Sunday with a cast on his broken right hand.

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Ideally, the Panthers like to use the run to set up the pass, but it has been pretty much the opposite this season. Carolina's leading back, Stephen Davis, is averaging just 3.1 yards per carry, so the Panthers really haven't established much on the ground. If they're ever going to do it, it should be this week playing at home and against a Vikings defense that is 30th in the league against the run, allowing 142 yards per game. It would help too if backup DeShaun Foster is able to play after missing the last two weeks of practice because he would give the Panthers a good change of pace.

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