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August 14, 2012

Defense leads at next-to-last practice


After setting the tone at Monday night's practice, the Carolina Panthers' defense led the way again Tuesday morning. 

Rookie cornerback Josh Norman impressed many with four interceptions on the day on throws from both Cam Newton and Derek Anderson. Norman, after making three in less than a half-hour, had his hands on a fifth but couldn't hang on.

Norman returned to practice late last week after nursing a hamstring injury for most of camp. He's competing with last year's starter Captain Munnerlyn for the No. 2 cornerback position, and he played a good deal of snaps at corner while Munnerlyn was in the nickel formation.

Head coach Ron Rivera praised the defense Monday for setting the tone at practice after he expressed disappointment in the team following its 26-13 loss to Houston on Saturday in the Panthers' first preseason game.

He was also jawing with teammates during practice, and tempers flared late in practice when receiver Louis Murphy and corner Josh Thomas both ended up on the ground and had to be separated as they walked to opposite sides of the field exchanging words.

Rivera wasn't pleased with the smack talk, but he also understood the timing of it all. With one practice left and the cut deadline getting closer, the intensity is bound to ratchet up.

INJURY UPDATES: DE Eric Norwood sat out Tuesday with a knee injury. DT Andre Neblett sat out his second straight practice with an illness, but Rivera did not specify. RB Tauren Poole was carted off the field with what Rivera thought to be a concussion. Also missing from practice with a concussion was CB Nate Ness, who sustained the concussion on a hit in the second half of Saturday's preseason game. LB David Nixon sat out and will have an MRI on his elbow.

LB Thomas Davis suited up and saw time a  7-on-7s, just like Monday night. He also spent time with trainers working to strengthen his strained calf. LB Jon Beason (hamstring) sat out another practice and did not have pads.

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on August 14, 2012 at 01:53 PM | Permalink


I think it's time to talk trade for Beason

Posted by: Catfan1980 | Aug 14, 2012 2:26:03 PM

I think it's time to talk trade for Catfan1980! How long did it take to get rid of Otah? 4 years? TD is on his 3rd knee. I guess the Bears should be trading Urlacher as well since he just had his knee scoped. You want to continue the list of players that aren't practicing right now? Now run along and get back to Madden. I heard you can turn injuries off in that game.

Posted by: Mike | Aug 14, 2012 2:41:20 PM

Preach it, Mike !!!

Posted by: nasty704 | Aug 14, 2012 2:57:58 PM

Trade for Beason? There's only one player I would accept in a trade for Beason but I don't think San Fran is willing to part with Mr. Willis.

Posted by: What? | Aug 14, 2012 3:02:54 PM

I would trade Beason for a hand full of cracker jacks and a sweat towel. And I would be getting hosed in the deal.
Love when the homers come out to play. I'm as a big a Panthers fan as the next guy but I'm also realistic. And reality says that Beason has been worthless since playing for and signing his big contract. Do you guys want to win with healthy players that don't play for contracts or lose with hurt players that take up cap and roster space?

Posted by: Frank | Aug 14, 2012 3:19:22 PM

Frank- You must be trying to press real fans' buttons. Beason blew his tendon running down a TD reception and in NO way is that wanting to sit back and collect a check (which is probably what you do...how is the government treating you?). That's giving your heart and body to help your team obtain a victory. You cannot call yourself a fan if you think for one second that Beason doesn't want to be on the field hitting someone. He'll have a pro bowl year and you will still be collecting your disability check. Next-

Posted by: Get Serious | Aug 14, 2012 3:42:54 PM

Come on Frank. You can't honestly believe that, Beason had one freak injury. Before that he was best LB in the NFC South, hands down. Get a grip on reality and go back to New Orleans troll.

Posted by: Laughing at frank | Aug 14, 2012 4:03:40 PM

"one freak injury"...after signing one freakishly large contract. if beason wanted to be on the field hitting someone he would have waited until he was healthy to get back on the field in the first place in 2011. not go out there after elective surgery and try to run around before fully recovered. guys, take the blinders off and stop drinking the electric blue kool aid. i'm just trying to help you out so when this guy doesn't perform AGAIN this year you will be prepared and not as shocked or disappointed.
you are the same people that screamed at me when i said Kuechly should from day 1 be the MLB and the gimp Beason should be outside or backing him up. you should have trusted me then and you should trust me now. don't let your feelings get hurt so easily because you paid too much for your Beason jerseys.

Posted by: Frank | Aug 14, 2012 4:14:44 PM

Frank for president.

you think we need to cut armanti and clauson frank? i do

Posted by: juice box hero | Aug 14, 2012 4:41:23 PM

I think Frank must be the guy that got his lip busted in the bar by Beason that night. Sounds like he's got an axe to grind with one of the most productive defensive players in Panthers history. Beason is and always has been the heart of the Panthers defense.

Posted by: Frankly Frank | Aug 14, 2012 4:56:58 PM

Yeah Frank, Beason played hard to get a big contract and then conspired to have his Achilles tendon torn. I'm sure he much preferred that to playing football for a year.

Posted by: Will | Aug 14, 2012 5:01:56 PM

Frank you are an idiot. why would he tear his Achilles , go through all that pain, then have to work twice as hard to get back if he was just collecting a check? Peppers was a POS. Probably the only guy that played to his convenience those last 3 years and the only star that i feel should be talked about like you are talking about beason.... beason works his butt off for this team. fans like you make me sick. you know nothing about football.

Posted by: Dimitri | Aug 14, 2012 5:34:57 PM

I cant believe some of you call your self fans of the game. Until Beason ruptured his achilles, he had not missed a game. He blew it out chasing after someone he knew he probably could not catch, but he persued anyway. Beason is the best LB in the NFC South (Vilma is a cheating punk). Willis and Urlacher are the only 2 in the NFC that are arguably better than Beason. If I had to choose between the 3, i would pick Beason everyday as i believe he as more heart than the other 2.

Posted by: jim | Aug 14, 2012 5:55:41 PM

well put.

Posted by: Dimitri | Aug 14, 2012 6:48:37 PM

when jeff king scored on that play he was basically in the endzone while beason still pursued him and blew his achilles. its ok though. frank probably played football in high school and owns an nfl jersey so he thinks he knows everything about it.

Posted by: Dimitri | Aug 14, 2012 6:51:37 PM

Frank. Shut up please. Jon Beason has been healthy except for last year. He looks really ready for this year and his achilles should be good to go. I could care less if he or TD play a snap in the preseason as long as they are ready to go week 1 I am good.

Posted by: MTN H20 | Aug 14, 2012 8:15:51 PM

Beason's OVERRATED!!he's not even the best linebacker in the divison..WHO DAT!!45-17

Posted by: whodatnation | Aug 14, 2012 8:51:51 PM

Frank is right. "Lap dance" Beason is way over rated. If he's so good, why did Anderson break his tackle record? Also, Beason is horrible in coverage, always getting beat by faster tightends. Even TD is out there with a bum knee, but Mr Lapdance is still on the sidelines in street clothes.

Posted by: D.W.G. | Aug 14, 2012 9:12:19 PM

who dat nation lol did saints fans even exist until....... well you know

Posted by: cam | Aug 15, 2012 12:06:54 AM

who dat nation....haha...Marshawn Lynch just ran over another Saints defender. Ever get the license plate of that Semi?

Posted by: Coach K | Aug 15, 2012 10:47:11 AM

Y'all must really love picking on poor lil frank lol.

Posted by: clay | Aug 15, 2012 11:30:24 AM

Do the other teams have moron fans like we do?

Posted by: emlit | Aug 15, 2012 12:48:38 PM

How can people that follow the team be so ignorant? beason is the heart and soul of that defense. anyone who pays attention has to know this.

Posted by: Quiet Frankly | Aug 15, 2012 1:26:14 PM

"heart and soul"..."he was good back when"...

living in the past gets you nowhere, and heart and soul only makes him an expensive cheerleader if he can't play.

i do not disagree with any of you that Beason WAS a great player, one of the best. this is a 'what have you done for me lately' league, if you want to win at least. he's done nothing. stop cheering with your hearts and cheer with your head. do you want to win or pretend your favorite players are more than they really are and get mad at people that point these things out?

Posted by: Frank | Aug 16, 2012 11:43:41 AM

So by Frank's reasoning, the Patriots should have cut Tom Brady when he had his knee crushed 13 minutes into the first game of the 2008 season. After all before the injury he WAS a great player in this "what have you done for me lately league". And, like, we all know he didn't go on to do anything special once he recovered.

Posted by: Probably not | Aug 16, 2012 1:36:48 PM

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