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Foxhole: Captain Carolina

Comments from Carolina Panthers head coach John Fox following the team's practice.

On roster moves: We released Jeremiah Johnson from the practice squad and brought back Josh Vaughan to the practice squad.

On injuries: Did not participate - Chris Gamble (hamstring), Mike Goodson (personal), Geoff Schwartz (back) and Travelle Wharton (toe). Limited participation - James Anderson (concussion), Marcus Hudson (ankle), Robert McClain (hip), Captain Munnerlyn (shoulder), Tony Pike (shoulder), Jordan Pugh (hamstring), Brian St. Pierre (shoulder) and Tyrell Sutton (ankle).

On if he is worried about running back Mike Goodson missing two consecutive days of practice: No. It's one of the typical things but it's personal.

On if expects Goodson to play against the Seattle Seahawks: Yep.

On if Jonathan Stewart will start at running back against the Seahawks: I think they'll all play. We'll make sure that the opponent knows our starting lineup when we need to have them know.


On cornerback Captain Munnerlyn: He's one of our top three corners. He played a lot a year ago and he's played a lot this year - whether it's been due to injury, in the nickel situations or sub situations. But we think highly of him.

On if Munnerlyn is more physical than he thought when the Panthers drafted him in 2009: I don't think his physicality was ever an issue anywhere. Sometimes people get caught up on size and height and those types of things. But he's very competitive and has got good quickness, good awareness. We think he's a good, young player.

On how Munnerlyn has improved as a punt returner: Overall our special teams - in particularly the return units - I think Captain has gotten more used to it. Like anything, the more you do it the better you get. That's a big reason for the improvement. We made an effort in the offseason to bring in some people in that area, and I think they're executing that better as far as the blocking element in both phases.

On if someone other than wide receiver David Gettis could return kickoffs against the Seahawks: Goody (Mike Goodson) is an option. If Tyrell Sutton gets back, he's an option. Gettis is an option. Those would probably be tops on the list.

On the Panthers' red zone offense: We've kind of made a little bit of improvement as we've gone and we need to continue that through these last five games.

On the progress of rookie wide receiver Armanti Edwards: He's been asked to make a very tough adjustment, going from college quarterback to NFL receiver, but I see progress. He's worked very hard, and I think he's developed legs to be a receiver. I thought that was a little bit of a process, because you do a lot more running at that position than you do at the quarterback position. I've seen a marked improvement.

On if cornerback Chris Gamble walked out of a meeting or decided not to come to practice last Wednesday: I've made a statement already, and it's as true as the day is long. It was personal, and that means exactly what it is. The reason he didn't start in the game last week was purely due to football. I think I said that once before.

On if Gamble reacted poorly to the news that he wasn't going to start against the Cleveland Browns: Not in my estimation. That's a question you'd have to ask him.

On safety Sherrod Martin's fine for an illegal hit: We've kind of gotten increased fines midstream here during the season, and I think they're going to continue to enforce those at a high level.

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