1:00 PM ET, December 1, 2002
CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Carolina Panthers were smiling, laughing and hugging. A season soured by suspensions, an arrest and an ugly fight was finally fun again.
I think so. And I think the NFL will change the substance-abuse standard next year. The NFL has done an admirable job of trying to keep players from taking over-the-counter drugs that could potentially harm them (like weight-loss or diet drugs). I believe there should be a lesser penalty for a player's first offense before it escalates to a four-game suspension.
Question on the Browns: Was this the classic "trap" game for Cleveland?
Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders.
Browns WR/KR Dennis Northcutt sprained his right knee late in the first half and didn't return. He left the stadium on crutches. ... Browns rookie William Green's 94 rushing yards helped Cleveland run for more than 100 yards for the third straight game. It's the first time they've done that since '93. ... Brown came in with only 119 career rushing yards in 10 games. ... Walls' TD was Carolina's first in seven quarters.