Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Wednesday Panthers news

Quick hit after the first full day of prep work for the Panthers as they get ready for Philadephia:

  • Jonathan Stewart practiced on Wednesday, his first workout in...heck, I really don't know...forever. Head Coach John Fox said afterwards that Stewart looked great. Players we spoke with said having Stewart back on the field is a nice lift, provided he can play Sunday. C Ryan Kalil and others said they enjoyed ribbing Stewart for missing the time, but in the end, having #28 on the field is better than the alternative. We'll wait and see if he goes this weekend.
  • Defensively, LB Jon Beason and S Charles Godfrey also practiced, Beason wearing a brace, Godfrey experimenting with a cast to cover his surgically repaired hand. Beason called himself "bionic," but Godfrey reminded everyone that he has the metal plate in his hand, thus making him more bionic than his teammate. Godfrey also mentioned that he hasn't felt any pain in the time he's been recovering from the surgery, so he's virtually at 100%.
  • Having all the defensive starters on the field was a new look for Kalil, considering the starters haven't all been on the field at the same time since the opening week. Questions remain about the strength of the defensive tackles, but Damione Lewis sounded very confident about the abilities of Louis Leonard and Nick Hayden.
  • Panthers 2009 captains are: QB Jake Delhomme, LT Jordan Gross, LB Beason, DE Julius Peppers, and K John Kasay.

Mike Solarte

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