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The Panthers hope to get wide reciever Muhsin Muhammad back for Sunday game against the Cowboys.

Charlotte, NC - The Panthers want to get wide receiver Muhsin Muhammad back from injury in a bad way because the team as a hole has suffered in back to back loses.

"He is easing back into it. I thought he looked good today. He didn't go full tilt but he has got a little rust. We've got to get that off, but I was impressed with the way he went about his business today in practice," said Head Coach John Fox.  "We listed him as questionable (on the injury report), but I thought he had a good day's work and he looked good getting back into the swing of things."

If Muhammad can play in Sundays game against the Cowboys that will be a huge lift for Carolina offense and quarterback Rodney Peete, because without Muhammad defenses have been stacking the line to stop running back Lamar Smith and the Panthers running game.

The Panther's hoped that they would be getting back rookie second round draft pick DeShaun Foster, but it doesn't look like he will be back until October 27 game against Tampa Bay.

"He is not ready to come back. He has not practiced yet at this point. He just started his change of direction running. There was no swelling. He handled it well but he is not physically ready to go out in a game yet. He is building strength back and getting back into football-playing shape," said Fox. "That won't be something we start until next week as far as him taking a little bit of hitting and actually getting out there and practicing. Right now, our target game is Tampa Bay. Like any injury, you just never know, but he is on schedule. We are impressed with what he has done so far and we hope that remains the same."

Another key injury is to starting cornerback Reggie Howard, but he thinks he will be able to play on Sunday.

"He has still got swelling in the ankle. He didn't practice today. We are trying to get that swelling down," said Fox. "We got quite a bit of it down from when we originally saw him on Monday. He is listed as doubtful.

TE Wiggins signed

The Carolina Panthers signed tight end Jermaine Wiggins to add depth to a position hindered by injuries.

Starting tight end Wesley Walls is nursing a broken right ring finger and tight end Keith Heinrich sprained his ankle in Sunday game. Wiggins gives the Panthers a tight with some NFL experience. The 6-foot-2, 255-pound Wiggins played in 16 games with six starts for the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots last season. 

To make room on the roster, the Panthers released linebacker Brad Jackson.

"(Keith Heinrich) can't play this week, and we need a third tight end. That's why we signed Wiggins. Right now, it (Heinrich's ankle injury) is expected to keep him out two weeks. Like most injuries, you just never know. He is in a boot right now. He will definitely be out this Sunday," said Fox.

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