Panthers News and Notes - Bye Week

Get the latest info on the panthers after their dissapointing loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

--Coach John Fox said he hopes to get rookie RB DeAngelo Williams back for the Nov. 13 game against the Buccaneers.

The Panthers have a bye this weekend.

It will have been just over a month since Williams injured in his ankle against the Browns by the time he returns. He has missed three games.

Fox said he made the decision to keep Williams out of the Dallas game based off last Friday's practice.

"We watched him pretty closely and thought it might be asking too much for him to play in that game," Fox said. "We've got time now to hopefully get him ready for Tampa Bay."

--QB Jake Delhomme had six of his 31 pass attempts result in drops Sunday.

But Delhomme, who turned the ball over twice, wasn't about to throw his teammates under the bus after a rough outing by the offense.

"It's a team game, a team effort," Delhomme said after the game. "We didn't make enough plays. We had some chances. We didn't make them. We might have had a drop or two here, but those are my guys. They've bailed me out more times than not. I'll still keep on going back to them.

"It's unfortunate, but that's the game. I'm confident in our guys. It's a team game, and we all didn't get it done."

--Lost in all of the turnovers was the fact that the offense continued to struggle on third down, converting just three of nine attempts against Cowboys. Carolina came into the league ranked dead last in that category and did nothing to improve its status.

--Now in his 10th season, long time starting S Mike Minter struggled on Sunday night.

Cowboys TE Jason Whitten seemed to have his way with Minter and caught six passes for 80 yards and a score, although not all of those were against Minter. Minter was also not all that effective in run support.

"He didn't always have the tight end," Fox said.

When asked if he's satisfied with Minter's play to this point, Fox said, "Like I said before, my satisfaction level is at 4-4 as a football team. I'm not going to go into individuals at this point, and probably won't a whole lot moving forward."

--Fox admitted the Panthers are two games under their goal of 6-2 at the midpoint of the season. He likes to divide the season into four quarters, and hopes to finish each with a 3-1 record.

"That gives you a 12-4 (record). That doesn't mean you have to lose those four," Fox said. "That doesn't mean we predetermine that we're going to lose those four. That's just a fairly realistic goal that usually gives you the opportunities you're looking for."

--CB Ken Lucas has a groin strain and will be evaluated again later in the week. It's too early to know if he'll play against the Bucs.

--QB Jake Delhomme had an interception and a fumble in the fourth quarter, leading to 14 Dallas points as everything fell apart for the Panthers, who allowed 25 unanswered points.

--RB DeShaun Foster had another unimpressive outing for Carolina, rushing for just 50 yards on 15 carries, a 3.3-yard average. He did score his second touchdown but was not dominant at all. Foster had four catches for 31 yards, but he also dropped two passes.

--WR Steve Smith had six catches for 55 yards and ran for a 24-yard touchdown, but he also had two dropped balls and a muffed punt.

--CB Christian Morton was pressed into a nickel role for Carolina after a groin injury to starter Ken Lucas.

--C Justin Hartwig did not start for the Panthers, but he did get into the game in the fourth quarter. You have to wonder when the team will start looking for a return on its investment for this guy.

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