--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
Cousin started all 16 games last season for the
"Stuff happens in games and sometimes you have to make
adjustments and that was one of the adjustments we made," Fox
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
--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
--QB Rodney Peete will be the No. 2 quarterback on
Sunday ahead of Chris Weinke.
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