Originally created 10/24/98

NFL: CBS report was without merit



CHARLOTTE -- The NFL has cleared the Carolina Panthers of a broadcaster's claim that the team violated league rules by not reporting quarterback Steve Beuerlein's injured throwing shoulder.

League spokesman Greg Aiello informed the Panthers on Friday that the league had looked into the report by CBS television and determined it lacked merit.

The network questioned Sunday whether Beuerlein suffered a separated shoulder Oct. 11 against Dallas. The network also said the Panthers (0-6) knew about the alleged injury but withheld the information as Carolina prepared for last week's game against Tampa Bay.

Beuerlein said the injury was nothing more than a sprain that occurred early in the Dallas game. He completed his first 12 passes and 19 of 20 that day on the way to a 22-of-32 performance. Beuerlein has not missed any practice time since the injury and has completed 70 percent of his passes in the past two games.