Carolina Tuesday Tidbits

Tuesday news and notes on the Carolina Panthers.

Jarrod Cooper, a key cog in the Carolina Panthers special teams unit, was arrested Tuesday morning in Charlotte and charged with driving while intoxicated, speeding, driving with a revoked license and possession of a controlled substance.
   Since Cooper had been arrested once before for drunken driving, he may have been a member of the league's substance abuse program and could face suspension for a second offense.
   Cooper is a backup free safety but a very good special teams gunner. Along with Rod Smart, they give the Panthers a pair of fast, strong cover men on punt and kickoff coverage.
   It's unclear at this point who would take over that role if Cooper is suspended.
   The team is aware of the charge and is looking into the matter.  
   --RB DeShaun Foster is only getting a handful of touches each game and it will probably remain that way for the rest of the season.
   --CB Ricky Manning, a rookie from UCLA, is working now almost exclusively as the dime cornerback. But don't count out Dante Wesley, the team's No. 4 corner. The Panthers still like him and see Wesley as part of their future.
   --DE Kavika Pittman will miss the entire season after tearing the ACL and MCL in his left knee following a chop block by Bucs receiver Keenan McCArdell. Pittman was a valuable reserve who saw a lot of action in Carolina's regular defensive line rotation. Expect the Panthers to sign a veteran defensive end this week.
   --LB Dan Morgan is expected to be back on the field vs. Atlanta after missing Sunday's game against Tampa Bay with a hamstring injury.
     --QB Jake Delhomme will get an extra week of work for the Panthers and that should help his preparation. In his first start with the Panthers Delhomme registered a 15.9 quarterback rating. He should have more luck with an extra week to prepare for the Atlanta Falcons.

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