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July 23, 2007

Source: Rucker return imminent

The Panthers might be healthier than expected at the start of training camp.

A league source indicated Monday night there is a strong chance defensive end Mike Rucker will be cleared to practice when players have their physical exams in Spartanburg on Friday. If Rucker isn’t cleared for the opening of camp, he isn’t expected to sit out very long.

That’s a bit of a surprise because Rucker and coach John Fox indicated in June that the veteran defensive end might have to miss significant time early in camp. Rucker suffered a major knee injury late last season, and recovery times for similar injuries have taken up to a full year.

Offensive tackle Travelle Wharton, coming off a knee injury suffered in last year’s season opener, also is likely to be cleared for the start of camp, as long as there are no complications discovered in his physical.

Posted by Observer Sports on July 23, 2007 at 09:51 PM | Permalink


We're going to shock folks this year. Guys are getting healthy and no one is talking about us. What makes me laugh is that everyone is ranking us low this year when we have the same players as last year but healthy...not to mention the experience the backups got last year by filling in for the hurt guys. Biggest question mark is safety but you don't really see us worried about it. I thought that we would sign Darius as soon as he was cut but we didn't so either Fox is crazy or he likes what he see's back there. Go Panthers!!!

Posted by: JT | Jul 23, 2007 10:16:29 PM

I'm just glad to hear some goods news. Hell any news. We know our defense will be good, but the offense is still a question mark.

Posted by: Jason | Jul 24, 2007 3:08:57 AM

I personally expect our offense will be much, much improved, if only because Henning is gone. I was once a FoulCoon fan (circa '77 to '95 when I heard Carolina landed a franchise) and hated Henning then. His biggest mistake then and up to his last game was to single-mindedly stuff players into his schemes vs adjusting his schemes to the talent and abilities of his players. Joe Gibb's offense worked for Washington, and won them the big one, but his talent at the time in Atlanta didnt translate. Much the same thing happened with the Panthers when he stubbornly stuck with the power running game more suited to Stephen Davis, after Davis was gone, hence the familiar pattern of Foster up the middle for -2 yds, quick out to Smith for 5 yds, draw play on 3rd and 7. Did that sound familiar to anyone?

Posted by: S.H. | Jul 24, 2007 12:08:16 PM

I got a chance to talk to Ruck on the fan cruise a couple of months ago and he said his knee feels great and fully expects to be ready for spring training.

Posted by: j maines | Jul 26, 2007 7:29:28 PM

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