CHARLOTTE -- During Monday's practice, the middle of Carolina's first-team defense couldn't have looked much different from its original plan.
Three weeks after losing
While Beason's absence was tempered by the return of linebackers
The safety injuries necessitated the signing of ex-Bengal and Saint
"We needed a spot for a safety." Fox said.
Kaesviharn, who turns 33 on Saturday, started all 11 games in which he played for the Saints last year, logging 64 tackles and two interceptions. But the Saints released him on March 26, and in the nearly five months that followed, he couldn't find a new team, continuing to work out near his New Orleans home until the Panthers called Sunday.
"I like to think that I can still play," said Kaesviharn. "I want to come out here and prove that -- not just to myself, but to everyone else."
"We think can step in and help us," Fox added. "He's got some catching up to do but he's proven he can play, and we'll take a good look at him here moving forward."
The eight-year veteran -- who came to the NFL after stints in a pair of now-defunct circuits, the Arena Football League and XFL -- saw his 2008 season end in early December because of a neck injury. But by staying in shape, he figured some team would call at some point.
"We knew something would probably happen eventually. It was just a matter of time," he said. "You never want anyone to get hurt, but you know that playing this game, someone's going to get hurt. I made sure I was in shape and ready to go."
BUT WITH KAESVIHARN'S ARRIVAL comes the release of Carter, ending the wide receiver's bid to come back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered in last year's third preseason game.
When asked whether Carter had fully recovered from the injury, Fox demurred.
"I can't go into exact details, but this gives him an opportunity to look elsewhere," Fox said. "We've still got some guys competing there (at wide receiver), and that's why we've got these last two games."
Carter was a first-team punt returner last summer, and it was in that duty that he tore his ACL last Aug. 23. Such work was not on Carter's plate this summer, however, with