Somewhat unexpectedly, Snoop asked for a photo before all this happened. I was happy to oblige.
The Panthers are ready and very importantly, healthy. Every player here practiced in full on Saturday save for those already ruled out.
Getty captured a good photo of the forearm protection Thomas Davis is/will use during the game.
Davis by the way won the NFLPA's Whizzer White Award for his work in the community, just the latest nod to what a truly good guy he is off the field. On the field though? I'd keep your distance.
I spent time interviewing each of the O-Lineman for a story today. Highlights included:
Position coach John Matsko saying that the offseason acquisition of Michael Oher was no gamble. 'I knew. I knew.' Matsko says the day he took the job in Carolina he started agitating to get Oher in real.
RT Mike Remmers on the line's shared interests: 'Food.'
LG Andrew Norwell when I told him he'd gone 834 snaps without a penalty in the regular season, the only guard to do so: 'Really? I didn't even know that. That's cool. I need to tell someone.'
RG Trai Turner's the most ebullient of the bunch. When I asked him about the O-Line's weekly 'Fellowship Thursday': 'How'd you know about that? It's the highlight of the week. We just sit and pow- wow. What's the word? Kumbaya.'
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Friday we'll focus on Josh Norman.
While most players have long since tired of answering our questions, he was still bright-eyed and bushy-tailed Thursday. When I asked him how he's stayed so enthusiastic, he just said 'It's the golden game! ... I can't be anyone else than me.'
He's something special.
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