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Foxhole: Captain Kurt


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

On injuries: Did not participate: Charles Godfrey - ankle, Muhsin Muhammad - knee, and Dante Rosario - knee. Limited participation: Landon Johnson - shoulder. Full participation: Thomas Davis - hamstring, Brad Hoover - back, Rhys Lloyd - ankle, and Jonathan Stewart - Achilles.

On if wide receiver Muhsin Muhammad will be out for an extended period: Nothing past today.

On what can be done to defend the Cardinals' passing game: It gave us some problems in one (postseason) game and it didn't give us problems in the other (regular-season) game (last year). They are going to get yards. That's what people practice and get paid to do. But they are very talented. They've got probably one of the better threesomes of receivers in the league (Anquan Boldin, Larry Fitzgerald and Steve Breaston). They've got a quarterback (Kurt Warner) that's been in big spots, knows how to throw the ball, understands protection, very experienced. They've got a stable of backs (Tim Hightower and Beanie Wells) that are pretty good to run it if they want. It's their ball; they get to do what they want; and they've passed it more than they've run it thus far. But there are no guarantees because they are pretty efficient running the ball when they want to, so they are a very talented offense.

On what makes Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner dangerous: Knowledge in the passing game. Experience in football. He's a very veteran player that understands the game and works at it hard.

On what it says about Warner to overcome some of the struggles that he's had during his career: I've known Kurt for some time. I visited with him (on) a couple occasions when things weren't going as well for him, whether it was later in his career at St. Louis or his stint with the Giants or even when he was a backup in Arizona. He is a guy that I have the utmost respect for and I've talked to over the years. I think every professional athlete goes through a slump. I don't care if you're a golfer, basketball player, baseball player, football player. You're dealing with the best in the world and you're not always going to be all over your game. There was a point this past golf season where people were wondering what's wrong with Tiger Woods. You just fight through it, and he has.

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