Panther Insider Injury Notebook

Panther Insider Injury Notebook

Charlotte, NC – The Carolina Panthers have had a lot of injuries that the team is dealing with leading to the upcoming game against the Falcons this Sunday.

On the defensive side of the ball the biggest injury question is how is linebacker and team leader Dan Morgan doing with his injury that he suffered in the Dallas game.  The news from practice today was not good according to head coach John Fox. 

"We believe it is a groin strain. It has been treated as such, and they think it will at least take through this week to get that thing healthy," said Fox.

So Morgan is a big question mark for this Sunday's game.

An injury that happened today in practice was that linebacker Mark Fields had a strained groin today in practice and didn't finish practice today. The Panthers at this time don't know how serious it is.

The other big defensive injury is to cornerback Reggie Howard who has an injured ankle, but he did practice today and that is a good sign.

"He is still nursing that ankle. He practiced today. I don't think he's 100 percent at this point, but that will be evaluated day-to-day," said Fox.

On offense the biggest injury news is to wide receiver and special teams ace Steve Smith, but he looks like he will play this weekend and practiced today. 

"He is sore but he practiced today and he is fighting through it. He is a tough, young man, and I think he will be ready to go Sunday," said Fox.

There is a chance that someone besides Smith will be returning kicks and punts on Sunday but nothing is set in stone.

"There is the potential for that. Part of that is due to Steve's injury," said Fox. "That will be a game day decision on who exactly that would be."

The Panthers third wide receiver Isaac Byrd news is not as positive as Smith was.

"He didn't practice today. He is still nursing that abdomen injury and he will be day-to-day in our preparation," said Fox.

Running Back Deshaun Foster practiced today, and is getting back in to football shape, it is the first time he has worn pads in a while and the Panthers don't want to rush him back. But Fox said that Foster did look good in practice today and he thinks that he is almost back to 100 percent.

"We will have to see how everything reacted to it today, but I couldn't see anything as far as his movement that looked restricted or cumbersome. I thought he looked very good," said Fox.


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