Morgan has missed past two games

Updated: December 17, 2003, 7:31 PM ET
Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers linebacker Dan Morgan returned to practice Wednesday for the first time in two weeks after shaking the lingering effects of post-concussion syndrome.

Morgan has missed two consecutive games because of a concussion originally suffered Oct. 19 against the Tennessee Titans. He played two games after that, then sat out the Nov. 2 game against Houston.

He returned for four more games, including an important NFC South game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but eventually stopped practicing and playing and sat out the last two weeks to rest.

"It seemed like every week I just didn't feel like myself," Morgan said. "I felt real cloudy, didn't have a lot of energy, like I was in a mental fog."

Morgan, Carolina's first-round draft pick in 2001, has missed five games this season and 18 in his three-year career. He said he wanted to play Nov. 9 against the Bucs even though he probably shouldn't have.

"I just wanted to get out on the field and help the team out; the Tampa game was a big game at the time," he said. "I came out of that game good, I came out of the Redskins game good, but the Dallas game was when I started not feeling good.

"I just really was not there."

Morgan, who never missed a game in college at Miami, said he felt much better Wednesday. He plans to begin wearing a mouthpiece for the first time to see if that makes a difference.

"It was all just the effects of the first (concussion) and I never really recovered," he said. "Now I feel like myself. I've got my energy back."

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