Peete is out for 3 weeks or more

Panthers starting quarterback Rodney Peete is out for 3 weeks or more with an injured knee.

Charlotte, N.C.  - Carolina Panthers quarterback Rodney Peete needs surgery on his knee and will be sidelined for at least three weeks,  Carolina coach John Fox said Monday that Peete has been playing with a torn meniscus in his right knee all season and will have it repaired on Tuesday.

"It's been a lingering thing since camp and it became a little more problematic when we started the regular season,'' Fox said. "Playing football on a meniscus tear is not really good treatment for it.''

Peete was knocked out of Sunday's game with a concussion, but that was lost in the news about his knee.

"My knee didn't allow me to run when I needed to run, to burst when I needed to burst,'' Peete said. "It was either continue to hobble around or get it fixed.''

Peete hopes to be back in a month.  He has set his return date for November 10th.

There were rumblings Peete could have been benched at any time for Chris Weinke, but the injury made the move official. Weinke who played the entire second half against Dallas and completed 7 of 12 passes for 114 yards.

"I thought for coming off the bench his performance was good enough to win,'' Fox said. "It is very seldom a guy is 100 percent. But I think Chris made the statement the last couple of weeks that he has had his best couple of weeks of practice. He's prepared hard and I think that was evident Sunday.''

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