Eye of the Panther

September 10, 2009 12:50 AM

Panthers Getting Well At Right Time

After an injury-filled preseason that saw them lose all four of their preseason games, the Carolina Panthers are starting to get well.

Star linebacker Jon Beason and running back Jonathan Stewart returned to practice on Wednesday, marking the first time in over a month that Carolina has had all of their key players healthy and on the practice field at the same time.

And it couldn't come at a better time for the Cats, with the start of the NFL's regular season and a Week 1 showdown with the Philadelphia Eagles coming up on Sunday.

Suddenly, the disillusionment that comes with a winless preseason has given way to cautious optimism as the Panthers prepare to defend their NFC South title.

"We've still got to go out there and play the way we're capable of playing," fullback Brad Hoover said.  "But having everybody back and ready to roll is nice."

It is indeed.

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