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February 24, 2007

Morgan must be cleared to play by doctors - and Panthers

As we all know, linebacker Dan Morgan has been cleared medically to play in 2007. And Morgan wants to play.

But the decision might not be up to Morgan or the Pittsburgh-based concussion specialist he's been working with.

This could come down to a decision by the Panthers. Concussions are a hot topic in the NFL. There have been reports that former Philadelphia safety Andre Waters had repeated concussions during his career, and some doctors have said they believe the concussions led to dementia and his eventual suicide.

Former New England linebacker Ted Johnson recently said he was forced to practice too soon after a concussion and, in his mid-30s, he's having trouble remembering names.

Situations like that give rise to all sorts of potential legal implications for teams around the NFL. And, perhaps, ethical implications. Does any NFL coach or owner want something of this magnitude on his conscience?

Only Morgan, his doctor and the Panthers really know the specifics of his condition. And everybody involved - not just Morgan and his doctor - has to sign off on allowing him to play. Sometime in the next week to 10 days, we'll know if the Panthers are comfortable allowing Morgan back on the field.

Posted by Observer Sports on February 24, 2007 at 04:10 PM | Permalink


If the Panthers allow Dan Morgan back on the field, Hurney, Fox, Richardson and the entire organization should be held criminally liable. One more good hit and he's peddling pencils for the rest of his days, no matter what the expert medicos say. And with Morgan's hellacious style, there is no question that the one more good hit is only a heartbeat away.

Posted by: Watching closely | Feb 24, 2007 7:09:35 PM

Watching closely, You're in idiot. The panther hold Dan Morgan out all last year even though he wanted to come back. Average people go back to work to soon everyday after being sick or hurt, because they think their job's "on the line" or someone might get "ahead" of them. And they live with it! Regardless of whoever clears Dan to play again, (especially with all the information out now) the final decision is up to Dan Morgan. And he needs to be held acountable for HIS DECISION.
P.S. It's people like you who have our judical system tied up in litigation now, trying to get people to sue everybody else for their own stupidity.

Posted by: Feed up in Charlotte | Feb 25, 2007 11:32:07 AM

Feed up in Charlotte? I think its awesome how you type some long, drawn out, brilliant response and then misspell fed. Idiot.

Posted by: both dumb | Feb 25, 2007 3:37:36 PM

In the world of winning and business, does Panther management consider Dan Morgan a part of its future?

Posted by: Richard Lloyd | Feb 26, 2007 7:15:53 AM

In the world of winning and business, does Panther management consider Dan Morgan a part of its future?

Posted by: Richard Lloyd | Feb 26, 2007 7:16:57 AM

Have to admit...the last three blogs are more along the lines of the coverage I was hoping for. It's definitely better than the stuff you had been writing.

Posted by: Steven W | Feb 26, 2007 11:32:24 AM


Gret colum. Ceep up the excelant riting. I admire yours riting ckills.

Posted by: Phillip Timothy | Feb 26, 2007 12:34:09 PM

I think the Panthers should try to trade Morgan,Wahle,Delhomme,Foster for the number one over all pick.


The guy who proposes unrealistic trades

Posted by: Joe W. of Raleigh | Feb 26, 2007 12:42:47 PM

Patrick, you did a wonderful job with this "blog" report. I'm so proud of you!

Posted by: Gertrude Yasinskas | Feb 26, 2007 2:42:26 PM

I'm glad that someone has finally given Chris Draft the credit he deserves. I say that Draft is a good enough replacement for Morgan . He's proven that he's durable and that he can get the job done. He has 9 years of experience and would be a solid starter for any team. I agree that we do need to shore up at LB, and our Safeties are on the more experienced side for sure... but I don't think it is our #1 need. Why is there so much attention being given to the Defense anyway. Haven't they been consistent enough through the past couple of years to warrant some credit. If the offense could keep the defense of the field, we would probably be ranked #1 in total defense.

Defensive: Offensive:
2006 - 7th 2006 - 24th
2005 - 3rd 2005 - 22nd
2004 - 20th 2004 - 13th
2003 - 8th 2003 - 16th

The Panthers had an ugly problem with 3rd down conversions last year, everyone knows that. Lets figure out what we need to do on offense. I think we made a good step towards the future last year with DeAngelo and now we need to build on that. Cut Wienke, Morgan(or trade for a pick, 2nd/3rd rounder) and Wide reciever of your choice not named Steve or Keyshawn. The offense is in a rebuilding state. Let's work towards that.

Posted by: Chris | Feb 28, 2007 10:45:15 AM

The panthers need to use their first round pick on a quarterback. I think they should take Drew Stanton from Michigan St. Delhomme is only going to get worse with age and if we have a QB who can make even "decent" decsisions than maybe our offense could move a little more. Delhomme SUCKS and anybody who knows football should know that.

Posted by: Josh | Feb 28, 2007 12:28:46 PM

Cut the following Carolina Panther players and they are as follows: Dan Morgan, Mike Rucker, Keary Colbert, Chris Weinke, Karl Hankton and Christian Morton. OK, Mangum is retiring and we need to draft an Offensive Tackle, Linebacker, Defensive End, Wide Receiver, Taller Cornerback, Safety and Quarterback. Taye Biddle should be our Punt Return and kick off return specialist.

Posted by: SE Williams | Mar 1, 2007 8:00:14 AM

Ouch.... I think we owe it to Morgan to give him a shot. The guy has been loyal to us; he's played his butt off for us. We fans, and the team, owe it to him! That being said... the position isn't "his"; he'll have to earn it in training camp just like anybody else... if he can't perform on a level commensurate to his pay, then he might have to re-do his contract or be cut...

Posted by: Tommy | Mar 1, 2007 10:37:50 AM

Give him a shot, sure. Give him an outrageous amount of money for that shot, never. Has Morgan made it through one full season without missing a game? The Panthers could use the money from his contract to improve the team in so many other areas. I would like to see him cut or play for substantially less money.

Posted by: John | Mar 2, 2007 11:17:34 AM

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