Originally created 11/27/98

Panthers notes

CHARLOTTE -- Mark Carrier isn't about to get picky.

In what is shaping up as the most disappointing NFL season yet for one of the Carolina Panthers' best offensive players, Carrier's most memorable moment so far was a defensive gem.

"The most important thing is to make a play and help your team, no matter how you do it," Carrier said.

Carrier's teammates awarded the wide receiver a game ball for his heads-up play that helped preserve Carolina's 24-20 victory in St. Louis last Sunday.

The Rams' Roman Phifer had intercepted a pass late in the fourth quarter and was returning it for what would have been the go-ahead score. But Carrier ran him down from behind and punched the ball free. The ball rolled into the end zone, where Carolina offensive guard Frank Garcia pounced on it for a touchback, giving the Panthers' possession on their 20-yard line.

It marked the eighth time this season that a Carolina game was decided by a touchdown or less, but the first time that the Panthers won such a contest.

"Finally something went right -- for a change," said Carrier.


Coach Dom Capers said offensive tackle Blake Brockermeyer and special teams ace Juran Bolden, both of whom were forced out of Sunday's game with injuries, both are questionable for Sunday's game at the New York Jets.

Brockermeyer has a sprained shoulder and Bolden has Achilles tendinitis.

Wide receiver Rae Carruth, still bothered by pain from a broken foot suffered in the season opener, is scheduled to get a second opinion on the injury this week, Capers said.


In recognition of Thanksgiving, the Panthers' regularly scheduled weigh-in today is being postponed until Saturday. ... Home games against San Francisco on Dec. 6 and Washington on Dec. 13 are sold out. But tickets remain for the last home game of the regular season Dec. 20 against St. Louis. ... North Augusta's Matt Campbell is starting at right guard, his fourth different starting position on the offensive line. Campbell has not played center, yet.


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