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November 20, 2006

Week 11 observations:

Observations from Sunday’s game:

Get ready to wait for updates on DeShaun Foster’s injured elbow. All coach John Fox would say after the game was that Foster, who left in the second quarter, had an injured elbow. If Fox’s history with injury information is any indicator, that’s all that will be revealed until Wednesday.

If Foster is out, the Panthers will have to re-think their kickoff return situation. Rookie DeAngelo Williams handles that role, but he’d take Foster’s place in the starting lineup if the injury is serious. The Panthers probably don’t want to put too much on Williams’ plate.

Rookie cornerback Richard Marshall would be the most likely alternative. Also, the Panthers might want to give some more thought to punt returners, because Chris Gamble has not been effective in that role.

Yeah, I know he’s a safety. But what does it say about Colin Branch when the Panthers went to a dime package and he still wasn’t on the field? The Panthers used Christian Morton, who wasn’t even on the roster at the start of the season, as their nickel back. They used Dion Byrum, who was signed off Tampa Bay’s practice squad last week, as their dime back.

The door is opening for a nice run by the Carolina defense. After allowing a total of 10 points in their past two games, they’ll get to go against two teams that have just switched quarterbacks. Washington is likely to stick with second-year pro Jason Campbell for the rest of the season and Philadelphia will have to turn to Jeff Garcia after Donovan McNabb tore his ACL on Sunday.

For the Will Witherspoon fan club: Yeah, he had eight tackles, but can you remember one that mattered?

Posted by Observer Sports on November 20, 2006 at 01:30 AM | Permalink


Witherspoon may not have had a game breaking play, but he had 8 more tackles than the injury prone Morgan.

Given Morgan's history, the Panthers should have seen this one coming.

Posted by: Russ | Nov 20, 2006 4:18:48 PM

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