Panthers news and notes, week 5

Get the latest info on the Carolina Panthers as they gear up to take on the Kansas City Chiefs this Sunday.

--QB Jake Delhomme finally got Carolina's passing game going last week against Atlanta, throwing for 294 yards and two scores. With Steve Smith and Muhsin Muhammad back together again and with this game at home, look for Carolina's offense to begin to take off.

--QB Josh McCown remains Carolina's No. 2 quarterback.

--QB Matt Moore could return to practice this week after sitting out four games with a broken fibula.

--RB DeAngelo Williams remains the team's starter, but he has yet to approach 100 yards rushing and still hasn't scored because he's been sharing carries with Jonathan Stewart in the backfield.

--RB Jonathan Stewart has all four of Carolina's rushing touchdowns, and there are plenty who think he should be starting. But don't expect that to happen soon. Coach John Fox likes the idea of DeAngelo Williams starting and bringing in Stewart off the bench.

--WR Muhsin Muhammad, at age 35, continues to look sharp. He had eight catches for 147 yards on Sunday against Atlanta and has locked up the No. 2 spot for the foreseeable future.

--WR Steve Smith looked really good against Atlanta, catching six passes for 96 yards, including a 56-yard touchdown pass from Jake Delhomme. Smith is fired up and should have a great season.

--WR D.J. Hackett continues to be the third receiver over Dwayne Jarrett, but you have to wonder if that will continue. Jarrett has been inactive the last two weeks.

--WR Dwayne Jarrett has been inactive since the return of Steve Smith.

--TE Dante Rosario leads the team with five false starts.

--LT Jordan Gross was knocked unconscious on Sunday, which means he may not play this week against the Chiefs. Gross has never missed a start for the Panthers since coming to the team in 2003 as a first-round draft pick.

--LG Travelle Wharton may have to move out to left tackle if Jordan Gross can't go this week.

--LG Geoff Hangartner will start his third game of the year at left guard if Jordan Gross isn't able to play and Travelle Wharton is forced to move to left tackle.

--RT Jeff Otah sprained his ankle in Carolina's win over Atlanta.

--DE Julius Peppers had a bounce-back game against the Falcons last week with a sack, a hurry, two pass breakups and three tackles.

--LB Thomas Davis is playing well since moving to the weak side, where he's able to use his athleticism.

--K John Kasay is a perfect 8-for-8 this season on field-goal attempts.

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