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Foxhole: Next man up

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

On injuries: Did not participate - Jon Beason (knee), Jimmy Clausen (concussion), Marcus Hudson (ankle), Brandon LaFell (concussion), Jonathan Stewart (concussion), Tyrell Sutton (ankle) and Travelle Wharton (toe). Limited participation - Greg Hardy (concussion), Nic Harris (knee) and Charles Johnson (hip).

On why the team decided to place running back DeAngelo Williams on injured reserve: He was probably two to three weeks away. It was healing a little slower than originally expected, and we needed a roster spot.

On additional details about Williams' injury: It's a mid-foot sprain.

On if the Panthers have a bad case of the injury bug: We started off a little thin and stayed healthy for some time. Then over the last couple of weeks the injury bug has bit us. We'll just move on. It will be a next man up approach, and that's the way we'll approach it.


On if he expects Tony Pike to start at quarterback versus the Baltimore Ravens: Right now we've not made a decision on the starter. Yesterday, we added Brian St. Pierre to the active roster, so it will be more than likely one of those two guys.

On how Pike looked in practice: Good, as well as Brian St. Pierre. They're not guys that we've seen a whole lot of. We're going to put in a plan, see how they execute the plan and make a decision sometime before game time.

On preparing a young or new quarterback for the pressure from the Ravens defense: We've got to execute. We have blitz pickups. We've seen quite a bit of blitzing no matter what stage we've been in as far as rookies or quarterbacks. Again, it's something that we'll anticipate and it comes down to execution.

On the key to the Panthers defensive backs stopping the Ravens wide receivers: We've got to play sound fundamentally and sound technique wise and execute our assignments. They're obviously a worthy group, a playoff team a year ago that's off to a good start this season and very capable in all aspects of their offense.

On the challenge of playing the Ravens with so many injuries: We've been here before. You just fight through it. Nobody comes and rescues you. The schedule will go on, and I'm pretty sure Baltimore will be here dressed and ready at one o'clock Sunday. So there's not really much else you do but work hard and try to execute your game plan the best as you're capable.

On if Mike Goodson will start at running back for the second consecutive game: We'll wait and see. I don't know what Jonathan Stewart's status will be or Tyrell Sutton's for that matter. They're both day-to-day, and we'll just take it one day at a time. But he'll be a big part of it.

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