Center Jeff Mitchell (hip), safety Thomas Davis (thigh) and linebacker Vinny Ciurciu (back) also practiced on Thursday, and they were all upgraded from questionable to probable.
Only one player remains in serious doubt for Sunday, and that is
tight end Kris Mangum, who was downgraded from questionable to
Mangum, who also missed last week's game against the New York Jets,
not likely to play this week, and there's a chance he could miss next
Sunday's game at Buffalo as well.
Look for second-year player Michael Gaines to get the start in
Neither Mangum nor Gaines are particularly key targets for Jake Delhomme,
but both do a good job of blocking. Mike Seidman will be Carolina's No.
tight end and could see a few balls thrown in his direction against the
--DE Mike Rucker leads a Carolina defense that has caused more
since the start of the 2003 season than any other team in the league.
--DE Julius Peppers said he may play without a cast on his right
this week, depending on how it feels. Peppers broke a bone in his hand
to the bye week, but it hasn't slowed his production. He has 4 1/2
the last two weeks.
--TE Kris Mangum was downgraded to doubtful on Thursday, so don't
him to play this week.
--TE Mike Seidman will be activated and could have a few balls
way this week. Seidman has been inactive four of the last six games
the team has only gone with two tight ends.
--WR Steve Smith looks to bounce back against the Bears after
just three passes for 34 yards against the Jets. It will be interesting
see how the Bears defend Smith. It seems anything less than rolling a
over the top on every play is a risky move for a defense trying to
--RB Stephen Davis goes for his 13th touchdown of the season against
Bears on Sunday. He has yet to rush for more than 81 yards in a game
could have a tough time against the league's top-ranked defense.
--CB Chris Gamble has three interceptions in the last two weeks.
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