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Panthers' Morgan out for rest of season

By MIKE CRANSTON, AP Sports Writer

October 11, 2006

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Carolina Panthers linebacker Dan Morgan will miss the rest of the season as he struggles to recover from at least the fifth concussion of his career.

"He did meet with the medical people and they felt it was in his best interest not to play the remainder of the season," coach John Fox said Wednesday.

Morgan was injured after his head hit the turf in the season-opening loss to Atlanta and hadn't played or practiced since. He has met with several specialists.

"We're concerned about his livelihood and his health and if that means he doesn't play this year, so be it," Fox said.

Fox said last week that Morgan, the Panthers' first-round pick in 2001, does hope to play football again despite the multiple concussions.

"He definitely wants to play again, when he's healthy," Fox said.

The Panthers have not placed Morgan on injured reserve, but are expected to this week so they can sign another player. Chris Draft will continue to start in Morgan's place at middle linebacker.

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