Most encouraging news all week for Panther fans: Jon Beason was in uniform at practice Wednesday, looking quick and excited, and going through drills.
Fellow linebacker Thomas Davis has been outstanding. Be interesting to see he and Beason play with and off of each other Sunday in Arizona.
I asked Cam Newton a question about Steve Smith. Before he answered he theatrically looked past the lockers on his right, Kealoha Pilares and then Legedu Naanee, to Smith's locker. Smith wasn't there.
Smith was too quick and precise for defensive backs at Wednesday's practice. I know that he thinks he gets open every play. But he really was open almost every play. Captain Munnerlyn made a nice recovery on one, however, to strip the ball out of Smith's hands.
Rookie defensive tackle Sione Fua almost certainly will start as long as he's a Panther. He looks too much like Panther coach Ron Rivera not to.