Originally created 08/10/00

Lewis to start for Panthers

SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Quarterback Jeff Lewis will start for the Carolina Panthers in Thursday night's exhibition game against Pittsburgh Steelers at Three Rivers Stadium.

Panthers head coach George Seifert said he'll use a quarterback rotation similar to what he used in last week's preseason opener against Jacksonville.

Seifert said Lewis will start and play about a quarter-and-a-half before giving way to Dameyune Craig. Craig will play through the end of the third quarter. Matt Lytle is expected to play the fourth quarter.

There's only one change in the starting lineup this week as rookie Alvin McKinley takes over at right defensive tackle. Chuck Wiley will moves over to right end to replace Mike Rucker, who is out with a concussion.

Lewis and Craig are battling for the No. 2 spot behind Steve Beuerlein, who will sit out his second consecutive game as the Panthers try to avoid risking a preseason injury to their starter. Beuerlein, 35, underwent five surgeries this off-season.

Beuerlein said he's feeling fine but understands the team's desire to hold him out of action another week.


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