Daily Archives: June 8, 2009

Morgan hangs them up

According to agent Drew Rosenhaus’ Twitter account, former Panthers LB Dan Morgan retired Monday. Morgan had battled concussions over the last few years that shortened his career. Here are some thoughts on Morgan’s retirement; you can see how it compares to other offseason retirements in this relativity post.

Dan Morgan was the Panthers’ first-round pick (11th overall) in 2001, and he was part of the core that helped turn the franchise around leading up to the franchise’s lone Super Bowl appearance. Morgan, Kris Jenkins, and Steve Smith were part of a draft class that revitalized the team. But injuries held Morgan back throughout his career, starting in his rookie season when he injured his leg on a Charlotte field so bad that chunks were coming out of it. He made just one Pro Bowl (2004), in large part because injuries and a series of concussions kept him out of action so often. He never played in more than 13 games in a season, and he saw action just four times since 2005. He spent the last two offseasons with the Saints but never saw game action. While his career stats aren’t eyepopping, he does have one unforgettable line on his stat sheet — his Super Bowl performance against the Patriots. He was credited with 18 tackles in the game book, but Panthers coaches tallied 25 stops that Morgan made. He ends up with a good career that could have been truly memorable had injuries and concussions not taken their toll.

More on Morgan: I covered the Panthers in 2001, Morgan’s rookie year. Here are a few of the articles I wrote about him:

2001 Panthers draft preview

Panthers draft Morgan

Morgan season preview

Morgan injured vs. Green Bay

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Injury in Indy and trouble in Buffalo

A couple of injury notes to start the week: Colts WR Anthony Gonzalez is currently missing minicamp time with a right leg injury, while Bills CB Terrence McGee continues to sit out after a May injury he suffered trying to cover Terrell Owens in practice.

Given the importance of these two players, here are some thoughts on their minicamp injuries. You can see how they compare to other minicamp carnage this offseason in this relativity comparison.

Gonzalez, who is moving up to the No. 2 receiver spot for Indy this year, injured his right leg in early June, which cost him half a week of work. While Gonzalez should be OK come training camp, his absence highlighted the fact that the Colts are painfully thin at receiver. Now that Marvin Harrison is gone, Reggie Wayne and Gonzalez are the only two proven receivers that Indy has. While that’s a really good duo, an injury to either Wayne or Gonzalez would make Peyton Manning’s job a lot more difficult because he would have to rely heavily on rookie Austin Collie or holdovers Pierre Garcon, Roy Hall, or Sam Giguere (who has missed offseason work because of a broken leg he suffered in an earlier minicamp). This means that, although he’s still a young, emerging player, Gonzalez might actually be one of the more indispensible players in the league given the Colts’ roster.

McGee, meanwhile, is a standout returner and an emerging corner who will play a prominent role in Buffalo now that Jabari Greer is gone. McGee and Leodis McKelvin could potentially combine to be a top-level CB duo. McGee injured his arm trying to cover Terrell Owens in practice in May, and the injury cost him the rest of the Bills’ minicamps and OTAs. That was enough to put a big scare in the Bills, because McGee is a vital player for the Bills this season.

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