Panthers Tuesday Tidbits

News and notes on the Carolina Panthers.

--Cornerback Terry Cousin will retain his starting job at cornerback this week when the Panthers meet the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Panthers coach John Fox said.
   Cousin was benched in the fourth quarter after giving up two long touchdown passes, including a 65-yarder to Jermaine Lewis that put the Jacksonville Jaguars ahead 23-18 and nearly cost the Panthers the game.
   Cousin started all 16 games last season for the Panthers.
   "Stuff happens in games and sometimes you have to make adjustments and that was one of the adjustments we made," Fox said.
   He was replaced late in the game by rookie Ricky Manning, a player the Panthers someday project to be a starting cornerback. However, Manning isn't quite ready to get thrown into the fire.
   --LB Mike Caldwell is expected to be out at least a month with a sprained knee. According to coach John Fox the injury will not require surgery, but Caldwell will need rest. The Panthers hoped he might compete with Greg Favors for a starting spot at strong-side linebacker.
   --FB Brad Hoover hyperextended his elbow in Sunday's game and his status for the Tampa Bay game will be determined later in the week, head coach John Fox said.
   --CB Ricky Manning was first off the bench -- ahead of Dante Wesley-to replace Terry Cousin after he got benched. That shows the faith the team has in Manning as a rookie.
   --WR Steve Smith showed good speed downfield and seems to have fully recovered from a hamstring injury. Smith also averaged 17 yards per punt return on Sunday. He hopes to avenge a crucial dropped fumble in last year's 12-9 loss to Tampa Bay.
   --WR Walter Young was inactive against Jacksonville despite a strong preseason.
   --QB Jake Delhomme gets his first start since 1999 when the Panthers visit Tampa Bay this Sunday. The Bucs defense did a number on Carolina quarterbacks last season, holding Randy Fasani to a quarterback rating of zero last season.
   --QB Rodney Peete will be the No. 2 quarterback on Sunday ahead of Chris Weinke.

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