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Muhammad back, other injuries and Weinke practices with 1st team. Should Panther fan read in to Weinke working with the first team?

Charlotte, NC - Well it looks as if the Carolina Panthers will get on of their big play weapons back this Sunday and just in the nick of time, wide receiver Mushin Muhammad looks as if he will play against the Cowboys. Muhammad has returned to the practice field and is taking part in team drills. He still isn't completely recovered from the hamstring injury that caused him to miss the last two games, but it looks like he is ready to go against Dallas.

"It's coming slowly but surely, I got a little work on it today. It's not 100 percent, but just being out there is good for me right now," said Muhammad.

Muhammad wants to make sure he is healthy so that he doesn't have to worry about his hamstring the rest of the season and effect his play ever week.

"I want to be in there. I definitely want to play. But I've got to make sure that I'm healthy so that when I come back, I can be effective and can play strong for the rest of the year," said Muhammad.


Starting cornerback Reggie Howard is still injured and is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game. With that the case cornerbacks Dante Wesley or Emmanuel McDaniel might have to start for Howard.

"You've got to come in and play football, I just have to try to be ready when they call me and go in and play. We've just got to go out and make some plays," said McDaniel.

Wesley is a rookie and was selected in the fourth round, and believes that he can play in the NFL, Sunday he might get a big opportunity.

"I'm trying to stay focused and get more in my playbook," said Wesley. "I'm just trying to get back on top speed with the rest of the guys. It's not too much of a big difference. I feel I can make the same plays they can make. Size doesn't really matter. It's all in your mind. On that field, it's pretty much more mental than physical."

Weinke practices with 1st team

Quarterback Chris Weinke, who was benched at the start of the season, was back with the first team in Wednesday's practice. Head Coach John Fox said that is was only temporary, and that he was giving starter Rodney Peete a little rest, because of a sore hip, he was on the practice field, but didn't take part in the team drills.

Peete will start Sunday at Dallas, but the past 3 Peete has been not as effective as he was in his first 2 starts turning the ball over multiple times in each game and leading the Panthers to only one win in his last three games.  There has been some speculation that if Peete doesn't improve his play that Fox will think about going back to Weinke as the quarterback. 

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