Charlotte, NC – In the first two weeks the Carolina Panthers where basically injury free, but after Sunday's victory over the Vikings things look very much different. It looks like corner back Terry Fair will be lost for the season with a broken right ankle.
"He'll require surgery, more than likely he'll go on injured reserve," said Head Coach John Fox. "It's disappointing to lose a player like that. Terry was coming along as somebody we were going to be counting on as the season wore on."
Two other big injuries that might not be as serious as first thought are to middle linebacker Dan Morgan who suffered a hyperextended right knee and wide receiver Muhsin Muhammad who pulled his left hamstring against the Vikings as well on Sunday.
"Dan Morgan has a hyper-extended knee. He will be day-to-day. Muhsin Muhammad has a hamstring injury, and he will also be day-to-day. It is still too early to tell (if they will play this week). We will have a better idea on that on Wednesday when our official injury report comes out," said Fox.
A player that the coaching staff will help the team out a lot when he comes back from his injury is running back DeShaun Foster, but Fox doesn't know when he will be back for sure.
"He is going through rehab. They have him running in a water tank now. They are changing the levels of the water. The less water in it, the more weight that is actually on the knee. They are in the process of the rehab now, but I don't have an exact date when he will get back," said Fox.
Fox's Doesn't Care What People Think
One thing around the NFL, the media and many fans don't think that the Carolina Panthers are for real but head coach John Fox is not worried about what is said outside the Panthers locker room.
"The thing I try to stress to the team is not to be too concerned about what other people think of you. It is what is in that room and the people around that football team. We are going to define what we are, not anybody outside of it. At some point, it does wear on you because you shouldn't have to explain yourself after a win. The bottom line in this League is to win. We have just tried to stress focusing on our next opponent and not too much about what we have done in the past or anything too far in the future, just on the now," said Fox.
Fox also know that with every game that the Panthers win more people around the league, the media and the fans are going to start paying more attention to the team.
"With every game you win, it starts to become bigger on the outside, and those are some of the things that go along with it, both as coaches and players. That's what happens when you win. It beats the alternative," said Fox.