Panthers: More Bad News

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    RB Foster latest addition to Panthers' injury list
    Oct. 11, 2004 wire reports

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- DeShaun Foster joined Carolina's growing list of injured offensive stars and will be out six to 10 weeks with a broken collarbone.

    That's devastating news for the 1-3 Panthers.

    After remaining fairly injury-free last season en route to the NFC championship, the bumps, bruises and breaks have piled up early this year.

    Star receiver Steve Smith is out indefinitely with a broken leg, top running back Stephen Davis has missed three games following knee surgery and kick returner Rod Smart, also the No. 3 running back on the roster, is out with a knee injury.

    Take Foster out of the mix, and the Panthers have a serious shortage of healthy players headed into Sunday's game at Philadelphia -- a rematch of last season's NFC title game.

    "I don't think there is any quit in our football team regardless of the circumstances," coach John Fox said Monday. "We've still got three quarters of the season left, and whether there is injuries or not, nobody is going to come rescue us, so we've got to bow up and compete."

    DeShaun Foster's season is interrupted by a broken collarbone.(AP)
    But with whom?

    Davis is still day to day, even after declaring only "a hurricane, maybe a tornado or something" would hold him out of Sunday's game at Denver. But when he looked just so-so in pregame warmups, the Panthers scratched him in favor of Foster.

    That backfired when Foster left in first half, leaving Nick Goings and fullback Brad Hoover as the only able runners in Denver's 20-17 victory.

    Fox said Smart definitely won't play against the Eagles, and Davis is still uncertain. That leaves him eyeing Joey Harris, an undrafted rookie from Purdue currently on the team's practice squad, to possibly start in Philadelphia.

    "We're going to obviously do something," Fox said. "We are very thin there at this point."

    The problems aren't limited to offense, either.

    The Associated Press News Service

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