Cornerback Patrick Peterson is the starter now, and he has also been tabbed as the Cards’ top punt returner — which he said to him was just as important. Peterson established in college he was a dangerous return man, and he is confident that facet of the game isn’t much different. “Guys get down there the same, guys tackle the same,” Peterson said. “It’s all about me getting down and making plays.”
Of course, teams stopped punting to Peterson after a while. “It’s probably a little bit too early for that,” Peterson said.
“But I remember when I first started punt returning at LSU, I told the punt return team, I promise you, by the sixth game, they will stop kicking it to me,” Peterson said. “By the sixth game, sure enough, they stopped kicking it to me.
“I didn’t make any promises here — yet.”
– Defensive coordinator Ray Horton was reminded about his introductory press conference promise that’d he blitz the first play, and he was asked if that had meant preseason or regular season. Horton said everyone would have to watch Sunday. After a pause, he added, “We’re going to pressure. That’s what we do. I don’t care if (the Panthers) know it. We’re coming after them.”
– CB Greg Toler, whose injury opened the door for Peterson to start, said he will have surgery Thursday to repair his torn ACL. “I had my pity party for two days,” Toler said. “Now it’s time to start the comeback.”
– Tight end Jim Dray (pectoral strain) was the only Card not to practice. Cornerback Korey Lindsey was limited because of illness, and a handful of guys coming back from dings were also limited: QB John Skelton (ankle), TE Rob Housler (groin) and CB Michael Adams (knee). Star linebacker Jon Beason (ankle) was limited for the Panthers.
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