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.
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
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.
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
--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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