Looking Ahead: Panthers Suffering, So Is Moss

Like the Packers, the Vikings' opponent this Sunday, the Carolina Panthers are also hoping to get a bevy of key injured players back on time to face the Vikings on Oct. 30. Plus, the Raiders are dealing with an injury to former Viking Randy Moss.

Carolina Panthers head coach John Fox admitted Monday the bye week might be coming at a perfect time for the Carolina Panthers.

"If we had to list injuries on Wednesday it would probably be a longer list (than normal)," Fox said.

Fox said quarterback Jake Delhomme did not technically suffer a concussion on Sunday against the Detroit Lions, even though he was briefly knocked unconscious, and believes he will be fine to play in two weeks against the Minnesota Vikings.

Fox was purposely vague on the status of the team's other injured players, especially Dan Morgan, who was carted off the field on Sunday because of a shoulder injury.

After a barrage of questions about Morgan's shoulder, Fox finally admitted the Pro Bowl linebacker has "some dislocation." However, Fox was optimistic Morgan might be able to recover through rehabilitation and be ready for the Vikings game.

Defensive end Julius Peppers has a broken bone in his right hand, but will continue to play with a cast on his hand. Tight end Kris Mangum also left the game after taking a shot to the head and wide receiver Keary Colbert departed early with a sprained ankle.

The Panthers are hoping the four players who sat out on Sunday — running back DeShaun Foster, cornerback Chris Gamble, fullback Brad Hoover and kick returner Rod Smart — will also benefit from an extra week off and be ready to go for the Vikings.

The Panthers will practice only twice this week — on Wednesday and Thursday.


The Raiders weren't prepared to make a prognosis Monday, but from the sound of it, the injury that knocked former Vikings receiver Randy Moss out of Sunday's 27-14 loss to the San Diego Chargers could be a lingering one.

A day after the game, Oakland coach Norv Turner only went so far as to confirm the same diagnosis he made in the moments immediately following the game.

"Randy has bruised ribs, very sore ribs," he said. "He has a groin strain and the MRI showed a bone bruise in the pelvic area. He's very sore today. We'll see how quickly the soreness leaves. He'll be listed (on the injury report) on Wednesday."

Tests revealed there were no tears involved. Moss will remain in Oakland with the club while he rehabilitates.

"The thing right now is he will lay down and get off his feet and rest," Turner said.

The coach added that to his knowledge this was not a reoccurrence of an earlier injury. Moss was sidelined a year ago with a hamstring problem.

"This is different," Turner said. "The way he got kneed and then the way the two defenders there landed on him."

Turner would not speculate either pro or con on whether Moss might be held out this week or could play.

"I wouldn't even start to talk about it until late in the week," Turner said. "We'll see where he's at."

Asked if he was declining to give a status report on Moss, Turner said "Wednesday is the day that the status is listed. I'm not declining."

Moss was injured while going up for a pass between two San Diego defenders. He was knocked into the air and came down awkwardly on his hip. He attempted to come back a series later, but only lasted two snaps before retiring for the day.

Viking Update Top Stories