Panthers' Morgan out Sunday; WR Smith still iffy

Updated: September 13, 2006, 5:04 PM ET
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina linebacker Dan Morgan will not play in Sunday's game at Minnesota as he recovers from a concussion.

All-Pro receiver Steve Smith and center Justin Hartwig also missed practice Wednesday and were listed as questionable for the game.

"People say, 'Take one for the team.' If I take one for the team, I might play two [games] and be out for four, play two more and be out for three."
-- Steve Smith

Morgan, who has a history of concussions, was injured in the second quarter of Carolina's 20-6 loss to Atlanta last Sunday. Adam Seward replaced Morgan at middle linebacker against the Falcons and will probably start against the Vikings.

Smith strained his left hamstring during practice Sept. 5 and hasn't been on the field since. The team would only say that he remains day-to-day.

On Tuesday, Smith told reporters he was behind schedule in his recovery.

"Am I ahead of schedule? Oh, no, I'm behind schedule," Smith said, according to The Charlotte Observer.

Smith also said he didn't want to rush back to the field and risk a more serious injury because of it.

"People say, 'Take one for the team.' If I take one for the team, I might play two [games] and be out for four, play two more and be out for three."

Drew Carter started in place of Smith last Sunday and had five catches for 62 yards.

Hartwig, who has a groin injury, is another concern for the Panthers' offensive line. On Sunday, Carolina starting left tackle Travelle Wharton was lost for the season when he tore the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his left knee.

Jordan Gross is expected to move from right tackle to left tackle and Todd Fordham would play at right tackle against the Vikings.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.