Sunday, October 6, 2013
Locker Room Buzz: Carolina Panthers
By David Newton
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Observed in the locker room after the Carolina Panthers' 22-6 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.
It's my fault: Wide receiver Steve Smith doesn't usually drop touchdown passes or avoid answering questions after losses. He did both on Sunday. "Blame the loss on me," he said without answering questions. "I'm the scapegoat. It's all I got."
Life Savers moment: Center Ryan Kalil had his arm around the shoulders of guard Amini Silatolu, whose right leg was wrapped and in a brace after a second-half injury that the Panthers are hoping isn't as serious as it appears.
Iceman cometh: It looked worse than it is. Bandages were wrapped around wide receiver Brandon LaFell's upper torso to support a huge bag of ice on his back. He was hurting worse from a dropped first-down pass inside the Arizona 15. "It's bad, man," he said.
Lot going on: Quarterback Cam Newton has a reputation for being a flashy dresser, but there was a lot to digest in travel attire that included a blue plaid jacket, blue sweater, red plaid shirt and red tie. It was kind of like his game that included three interceptions, a fumble and two tackles.