Panthers Tidbits 7-23

Get the latest info on the panthers as they prepare to start their 2006 Training Camp in sweltering Spartanburg, South Carolina next week.

-- Dr. James Shortt, who admitted to providing steroids and growth enhancing hormones to several former Carolina Panthers back in 2003, was sentenced to one year and one day in jail last week.

Shortt is appealing the decision.

-- Don't expect defensive tackle Kris Jenkins to work two-a-days right off the bat for the Panthers. The team is likely to make Jenkins work only once a day so as not to risk unnecessary stress on his surgically repaired knee.

-- The phone is remaining relatively quiet for former Panthers running back Stephen Davis, who still hopes to catch on with another team. Davis may have a tough time finding a prominent role with any team given his past knee problems that have limited him the past two seasons, but some believe he could still be an effective short-yardage back.

-- One move that went fairly unnoticed this off-season was the re-signing of backup quarterback Chris Weinke, but head coach John Fox is thrilled to have him back. Weinke gives the team a security blanket in case Jake Delhomme goes down.

"We hold Chris Weinke in high regard," Fox said. "Anytime you have a guy that's a free agent and they step into the market, you never know what's going to happen. I think it definitely worked out real well for us because he's familiar with us and we're familiar with him. He's the kind of guy that we want in our program."

-- Expect plenty of competition this summer at strong safety where veteran Shaun Williams, a free agent pickup from the New York Giants, will battle for a starting spot with rookie Nate Salley from Ohio State and Colin Branch, a former starting safety for the Panthers who is coming off major knee surgery. Williams is currently working with the first team, but he has a history of injury problems as well.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "It will probably be the week before camp opens before those talks get serious." -- Panthers GM Marty Hurney on negotiations with the team's top two draft picks DeAngelo Williams and Richard Marshall.

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