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Foxhole: Transactions


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

On roster moves: We waived running back Josh Vaughan and signed offensive lineman Rob Petitti.

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

On having three cornerbacks on the injury report: We've had some dinged up positions throughout the season.

On if cornerback Chris Gamble will start against the Seattle Seahawks: I don't announce starting lineups until game day.

On if he expects running back Mike Goodson back tomorrow: More than likely, yes.

On the final five games all being against teams in playoff contention: Everybody's fighting to take one at a time and finish strong. Regardless of their record or our record, that will and always has remained the same.

On why fourth-year defensive end Charles Johnson is having his best season: The game is slowing down for him. He has worked very hard. He's gotten more opportunities, so he's gotten more plays this year than most other seasons, and he's taking advantage of those opportunities.

On the progress of quarterback Keith Null: With each day he's working hard at it. Rip Scherer, our quarterbacks coach, is working hard with him. He's getting a better understanding (of the offense) each practice.

On if Null is still running the practice squad: He's on our practice squad. He does that. He gets some regular offensive reps, like a lot of guys. That's what his practice use is.

On the Seahawks: They're tied for the lead in their division at 5-6. They've run into a string of bad luck. They've had some injuries, also. They're getting some guys back this week to my knowledge; we'll know more about that as the week progresses. But they've always been pretty competitive at home. This year they've struggled a little bit, but having been out there before it's a tough venue to play in - both weather wise and crowd noise.

On if he has much background with Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll: Yeah. I've been in the NFL for 21 years and another 10 years in college coaching, so I've known Pete for a long time.

On if he was surprised Carroll left the University of Southern California to return to the NFL: Not really. There are guys that make that jump; there are guys that make the jump back. A lot of it is the particular situation, timing, all of the above. It's still football.

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