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Locker Room Buzz: Carolina Panthers

10/25/2013

TAMPA, Fla. -- Observed in the locker room after the Carolina Panthers' 31-13 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

Tempered excitement: As happy as players were to be above the .500 mark for the first time since 2008, instead of celebrating they were talking about ways to improve.

Pain: Defensive end Charles Johnson pulled up in a golf cart and hobbled into the locker room with a pulled groin that never would have happened had the Panthers not botched a late onside kick by Tampa Bay.

Hunger: Defensive end Greg Hardy was upset he wasn't credited with more than one sack, arguing he should have had at least one more when he got to the quarterback after a bad snap. Another sign this team isn't satisfied with where it is.

It's Tampa, dude: Tight end Greg Olsen was wearing a toboggan hat with the outside temperature still in the 60s.

Three men and a cellphone: Quarterback Cam Newton, center Ryan Kalil and left tackle Jordan Gross -- all three shirtless -- got a laugh out of a video one of Kalil's friends shot and sent him from the stands. You probably don't do that if you lose.