Morgan suffers second concussion in a week

Updated: October 27, 2003, 4:47 PM ET

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Dan Morgan suffered his second concussion in seven days, leaving the Carolina Panthers unsure Monday of the playing status of their oft-injured linebacker.

Morgan was injured in the second quarter of Sunday's win over New Orleans, colliding with safety Deon Grant and Saints receiver Joe Horn in the end zone on Horn's touchdown catch. He left the game and did not return.

Morgan was also knocked out of the Oct. 19 game against Tennessee with a concussion.

"He is our best middle linebacker, and we are going to do everything in our power to have him available," coach John Fox said. "I am sure he feels much the same way."

Morgan was questionable all of last week for the Saints game while the Panthers evaluated his recovery from the first concussion. He was cleared to play about two hours before kickoff, although running back Nick Goings and receiver Muhsin Muhammad were not because of their own concussions.

Morgan, Carolina's first-round draft pick in 2001, never missed a game in college at Miami, but has suffered a serious rash of injuries in the NFL.

He has missed 15 games over his career because of injury, including two earlier this year with a pulled hamstring. He did play the first part of the season with a broken hand suffered in training camp.

Many of his Carolina teammates have said Morgan's aggressive play has led to injuries, particularly when he gets hurt in practice while going all-out at all times.

But Fox downplayed that theory Monday.

"I would like to think that it is a little bit of bad luck," he said. "This is a violent game. This is a very physical game, and injuries are part of it. He just has a little bit of a string going.

"I am sure it is frustrating for him, but I don't think it is anything he is doing wrong or we're doing wrong."

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