Originally created 09/22/05

Minter's streak in jeopardy because of calf injury



CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Carolina safety Mike Minter missed practice Wednesday with a strained calf that could end his streak of playing in 64 consecutive regular-season games.

"I hate being on the sideline," Minter said. "If we're out there playing, I want to be out there playing. I don't want to be over there watching. That's the worst feeling in the world. Even in practice, I hate that."

Minter had been on the field for every defensive snap for more than two seasons before he left late in Sunday's game against New England with his calf injury. He was hesitant to go to the locker room, only doing so when the 27-17 victory was guaranteed.

Once inside, he couldn't watch the game's final few minutes. It was similar to the Super Bowl loss to the Patriots two years ago, when Minter broke a bone in his foot during the third quarter and refused to leave the game.

Instead, Minter tied his shoe as tight as he could and finished the game without missing a play.

Minter, who's in his ninth season with the Panthers, has not missed a game since he sat out the first two contests of the 2001 season with a knee injury. He's Carolina's all-time leader in tackles, a longtime team captain and the motivator of the defensive unit.

If he can't play against the Dolphins on Sunday, free-agent pickup Idrees Bashir will probably replace him.