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November 05, 2009

Moose: Not ready to play yet

-- Panthers receiver Muhsin Muhammad missed Thursday's practice due to what he said was a sprained MCL in his knee and said afterward he doesn't expect to play Sunday at New Orleans.

"I"m not ready to play yet," said Muhammad. "My knee will tell me when it's ready. That's all I can go on."

Muhammad, who also missed last week's victory against the Arizona Cardinals, said he was hit from behind against the Buffalo Bills two weeks ago.

The last game Muhammad missed -- previous to the Cardinals game -- was in 2005 when he was with the Chicago Bears and it wasn't due to injury. "They just sat out a bunch of starters that game," he said.

-- Kicker John Kasay also missed Thursday's practice with a groin injury. Coach John Fox wouldn't say how severe the injury is. Others missing practice were: Fullbacks Tony Fiammetta (concussion) and Brad Hoover (ankle), safety Charles Godfrey (ankle) and tight end Dante Rosario (knee). -- David Scott

Hoover said he didn't know how long he would be out with what he called a high-ankle sprain. He's in a cast up to his knee and on crutches.

Running back Jonathan Stewart (Achilles) and linebacker Landon Johnson (shoulder), both of whom missed Wednesday, practiced on Thursday. -- David Scott



Posted by Observer Sports on November 5, 2009 at 02:16 PM | Permalink


Not good about Moose - we will need all the help we can get to keep from getting killed on Sunday

Posted by: Wiggles | Nov 5, 2009 2:28:05 PM

Forget Moose, Dwayne did just as much as he would have done against Arizona. I'm more concerned about Kasay, especially given the amount of game winning kicks he's made in the Superdome. Also, it's looking like we'll be without a true fullback and a 3rd TE. With Barnidge and King as acting fullbacks, that means no 2 TE I-formations, unless we go to a reserve OL as an extra TE. We're going to need to be physical in the run game to have a chance at the upset.

Posted by: jguy | Nov 5, 2009 3:00:51 PM

i would pay to see peppers play fullback.

Posted by: charlottean | Nov 5, 2009 3:15:37 PM

I'm glad Moose is out. When he comes back, he should be the third or fourth WR. Let Jarret keep the second position as long as he isn't screwing anything up, because he's every bit as good as Moose now.

Posted by: Dan | Nov 5, 2009 3:25:02 PM

Good thing we are the only team to carry two Place Kickers. The fullback sitution is not good.

Posted by: Steven | Nov 5, 2009 3:33:18 PM

I imagine we could see Stewart and Williams on the field at the same time in 2 TE situations.

Posted by: Authority | Nov 5, 2009 4:00:28 PM

...good call, Charlottean. Me too!

1/2 a million for each side of the ball...

Posted by: Scott | Nov 5, 2009 4:00:37 PM

I'll throw in $10.00 for Peppers to run at fullback.

Posted by: Scott | Nov 5, 2009 4:13:33 PM

he'll i play fullback if you need me, i played it in college. i will only ask for 10k and i will igve you 100% effort..

Posted by: tim | Nov 5, 2009 4:20:02 PM

Loosing Hoover is the biggest hit right now. The success in the running game is due in a large part to Hoov clearing the way. Every time he is out our running game suffers.

Posted by: Holmes | Nov 5, 2009 4:30:51 PM

Tim is right on it.... when Hoover does not play, the running game suffers.

Posted by: The Derita Kid | Nov 5, 2009 4:51:07 PM

Pep's not a bad idea as an f-back !!

Posted by: nasty 704 | Nov 5, 2009 5:32:37 PM

Most of their two TE formations don't include a FB, so it doesn't matter for those formations unless it is the two TE 1 FB 1 WR formation, which they don't use very often.

Posted by: Dan | Nov 5, 2009 5:34:33 PM

I've seen Rys Lloyd in practice, and he's not to shabby with his field goals.

Posted by: nasty 704 | Nov 5, 2009 5:34:50 PM

Work on your spelling first, Tim.

Posted by: nasty 704 | Nov 5, 2009 5:36:35 PM

Got to agree Jarrett will replace Moose with no drop off. I never could understand why the sports writers would say they need more production from him. They don't put him on the field enough to warrant the critisism.

Posted by: eugeno | Nov 5, 2009 6:20:02 PM

Eugeno, the criticism is that he doesn't get on the field enough because that's on all Jarrett. They used a 2nd round pick to draft him so the coaching staff really wants to see him succeed and are trying to give him all opportunities to, he just hasn't earned a spot on the field. He's gotta take this opportunity and run with it. Go Panthers!

Posted by: Reid | Nov 5, 2009 6:42:35 PM

For those preferring Jarret... until he can downfield block like Moose, NO... Jarret isn't better!

In a run first offense, the FBs are the really big concern.

Posted by: John | Nov 5, 2009 7:08:39 PM

I cant believe some folk's actually think Jarrett can block as well for the run game as Muhammed.True they may be on the same level now as pass catchers but I dont believe Dewayne can block 1/4 as well as Muhammed.

It's true having Hoover out is going to hurt the running game this sunday,I dont see anyway around this situation,even if a Te were to man the Fb position,I dont think it will be a good day,and you know what that means for the Offense.

Posted by: GhostofSparta | Nov 5, 2009 7:27:42 PM

I'd use Pep as a TE. He would create havoc in the secondary and could use his speed to stretch the field.

Posted by: ripp | Nov 5, 2009 7:44:16 PM

John and Ghost,

Jarrett may not be quite as good as Moose at blocking... but the stat line from the Arizona game show he does well enough.

Posted by: tarheelmax | Nov 5, 2009 8:01:20 PM

I think they should let Peppers be a tight end as GhostofSparta said and let Barnidge be the fullback for this game. Kasey may be better by Sunday but you have to go with Lloyd just in case and let's not put ourselves in a situation where he has to make a clutch kick like we do Kasey,

Posted by: Cobrabitn | Nov 5, 2009 8:42:55 PM

If there is a game to use any tricks in the book this is it. We ought to use moore along with Jarrett and see what the kid has.

Posted by: Elrod | Nov 5, 2009 8:56:59 PM

Moose must have quit smoking the weed.

MUHAMMAD GETS PROBATION: Carolina Panthers wide receiver Muhsin Muhammad received probation yesterday in Charlotte, N.C., after pleading guilty to weapon and drug charges from a traffic stop this year.

Muhammad, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of possession of less than a half-ounce of marijuana and carrying a concealed weapon, the assistant district attorney Mike Hardin said. Muhammad also pleaded guilty to driving 61 miles an hour in a 45 m.p.h. zone.

Judge Richard Brown gave Muhammad a 30-day suspended sentence, as well 12 months of unsupervised probation and a $150 fine, Hardin said.

Posted by: Bob Nosser | Nov 5, 2009 9:31:48 PM

Are you guys crazy? While Pep could play TE, we need him on defense, full speed. If Rosario can play Sunday, then use Barnidge at FB if necessary.
Is Fiametta out for sure?

Posted by: SCPOAB | Nov 5, 2009 11:26:36 PM

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