Dan Morgan

Butch Davis brings poise, presence (Dan Morgan Comments)

It was obvious Butch Davis was a big man with a bigger personality from the moment he walked through the door into Dan Morgan's home.

Davis, who's 6-foot-4, exuded a confidence that made him seem even larger on his recruiting visit with Morgan.

He was wearing one of the Super Bowl rings he had won as an assistant with the Dallas Cowboys. He seemed sure of himself as he made his pitch.

"He's definitely an imposing person when he walks into your living room," said Morgan, who played for Davis at Miami and now is a linebacker for the Carolina Panthers. "He definitely has a demeanor about him that's very professional and very confident."

Dan Morgan Update

Panthers MLB Dan Morgan reiterated last week that his headaches and other symptoms relating to a season-ending concussion are gone and that he plans on returning next season. We hear the Panthers aren't as optimistic about Morgan's full return, and they are likely going to add more depth at the LB spot in the offseason.


Morgan expects to play next season

Linebacker Dan Morgan reiterated Wednesday that he expects to return next season."I feel great; I'm ready to come back next year and get it rolling," he said before entering Bank of America Stadium to lift weights. "I've been sitting and watching the games, I feel totally fine and I'm ready to go."

Morgan was put on the injured reserve list and is out for the season after suffering a concussion in the season opener.

Morgan said he no longer has headaches or other symptoms from the concussion. He's scheduled to meet again in February with a doctor who specializes in the treatment of concussions.

"I definitely feel like I could be out there and making our defense even better, but it's easy saying that in the stands," he said. "The doctors wanted to make sure there were no problems next year, that's why they sat me the rest of this year. Nothing's guaranteed, but it's given me a great shot to come back next year and be real healthy."


Headed for trouble? - With a history of concussions, LB Dan Morgan faces a life-altering decision whether to return to NFL

Dan Morgan dodged a bullet Wednesday when he announced that he would sit out the rest of the NFL season after suffering at least the fifth and sixth concussions of his career this summer. Scratch that -- he dodged a cannonball.

If Morgan, the Carolina Panthers' star linebacker, had returned, research suggests that he would likely suffer at least a third concussion this season and join a long list of NFL players -- including
Steve Young, Troy Aikman, Merril Hoge, Ted Johnson, Wayne Chrebet, Al Toon, Ed McCaffrey, Bill Romanowski, Chris Miller, Stan Humphries, Frank Wycheck and Bob Christian -- who have had to retire early because of post-concussion syndrome (PCS).

Morgan's plight a sobering reminder for Panthers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Chris Draft sometimes wonder why there aren't more head injuries in football.

"It's one of those things where we run out there and we have these helmets on our heads, but they say it's like a car wreck every time we hit somebody," the Carolina linebacker said. "We really just don't take care of our bodies too well by playing football. But we love playing it, so that's what we do."

Draft will start at middle linebacker for the Panthers on Sunday in place of
Dan Morgan, who announced this week he'll sit out the rest of the season because of lingering effects from two concussions suffered in the preseason and in the opener against Atlanta.

Panthers' LB Morgan done for season

Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - The Carolina Panthers announced that middle linebacker Dan Morgan will miss the rest of the season on Wednesday. The star linebacker is suffering from the effects of a concussion.

Morgan slammed his head on the turf in the Panthers' season-opening loss to the Atlanta Falcons. He has not been able to practice since the injury.

"He did meet with the medical people and they felt it was in his best interest not to play the remainder of the season," Panthers coach John Fox said.

Dan Morgan Update

Panthers MLB Dan Morgan, sidelined since Week 1 with a concussion, took his first step toward returning to game action by participating in individual drills in practice last week. While he's still likely several weeks away from returning to the starting lineup, we hear Morgan, who has suffered four documented concussions with the Panthers, is intent on playing in the NFL again.

Fox: Morgan's in shape to play when cleared medic

Carolina Panthers linebacker Dan Morgan, sidelined since the season opener with a concussion, continues to make progress towards a return.

"As far as exercise, he's been given the go-ahead," Panthers coach John Fox said this afternoon. "He's exercising extensively. Now we're just looking for the next step, but he'll continue to exercise.

Fox: Morgan plans to play again

Carolina Panthers linebacker Dan Morgan is planning to play football again, Panthers coach John Fox said today at his weekly press conference.

"He wants to play again," Fox said. "He's not talking about walking away from it, no. That's his feelings."

Morgan has been sidelined since the first game of the regular season after suffering at least his fourth concussion as an NFL player. He has also suffered two other head-jarring incidents that were not necessarily concussions, and had another concussion in college.

Panthers' Morgan still out

CHARLOTTE (AP) -- Carolina linebacker Dan Morgan and tight end Mike Seidman won't play Sunday against New Orleans.

Morgan hasn't played since suffering at least the fifth concussion of his career in the season opener against Atlanta. Seidman suffered a knee injury in last Sunday's win over Tampa Bay.


News briefs: Panthers LB Morgan ruled out against Saints

CHARLOTTE -- Carolina Panthers linebacker Dan Morgan and tight end Mike Seidman won't play Sunday against New Orleans.

Morgan hasn't played since suffering at least the fifth concussion of his career in the season opener against Atlanta. Seidman hurt his knee in last Sunday's win over Tampa Bay.

Coach John Fox said there is no target date for Morgan's return.

Teammate says Morgan will return

CHARLOTTE -- When Carolina's Dan Morgan suffered another concussion in last Sunday's loss to Atlanta, questions were raised about his future.

But Adam Seward, who may replace him at middle linebacker in this Sunday's game, believes Morgan will be back.

"He's going to be fine. This isn't something that's career-ending. He's a great player and he's been in this situation before," Seward said.

Morgan has suffered at least five concussions since 2003. Medical studies have shown players who suffer multiple concussions are more susceptible to future head injuries.

Dan Morgan will sit out Minnesota game

As expected, linebacker Dan Morgan will miss Sunday's game at Minnesota as he recovers from a concussion.

The Panthers officially declared Morgan out when they released Wednesday's injury report and it's likely he'll miss several more games.

The injury report also brought more news for an offensive line that already lost left tackle Travelle Wharton to a knee injury. Center Justin Hartwig now is listed as questionable with a groin injury and did not practice Wednesday. If Hartwig is unable to play, Geoff Hangartner or Will Montgomery could get increased playing time against Minnesota.


Panthers' Morgan facing retirement

CHARLOTTE – Dan Morgan’s latest injury has fans debating whether or not he should call it quits.

During Sunday’s home-opening loss to the Atlanta Falcons, the Panther stand-out linebacker left the game after suffering a head injury in the first half. The injury occurred while Morgan was tackling Falcons’ running back Jerious Norwood. He did not return.

According to the
NFL's website, it is at least Morgan’s fifth concussion since entering the league in 2001. Morgan has now missed seven full games and parts of six others due to concussions.

While the NFL injury report lists it as a concussion, doctors have another name for it: a brain injury.

“As you have more severe concussions or as they start to add up over time you can begin to experience more significant problems,” said Dr. Jim McDeavitt of the Carolinas Healthcare System.

Morgan's health among questions for Panthers after blowout loss

Dan Morgan stood on the sideline, helmet off with no one around him, moments after suffering his latest concussion. He watched helplessly as Atlanta dominated his Carolina Panthers in the season opener.

The linebacker's uncertain future was one of many questions for the Panthers on Monday after a disastrous start to a season that some had guessed would end with Carolina in the Super Bowl.

The news got worse late Monday when the team announced left tackle Travelle Wharton was lost for the season with two torn ligaments in his left knee.

Morgan's concussion in the second quarter was at least the fifth of his career and he did not return in the 20-6 loss. Without Morgan anchoring the middle of the defense, the Falcons rushed for 252 yards, the second most allowed by Carolina in its 12-year history.

Morgan, the team's No. 1 pick in 2001, has been plagued by injuries in his career.

Dan Morgan Update

Carolina officials have to be concerned that middle linebacker Dan Morgan suffered another concussion in Sunday's loss. Morgan, now in his sixth season, has to be nearing double-digit concussions. He's a terrific player, one of the best combination size-speed "Mike" linebackers in the league, but he missed an average of five games per year in his first five seasons. Morgan worked hard to avoid injuries this summer, but that hyperbaric chamber he brought to training camp this year isn't going to help him with concussions. "


Dan Morgan Update

MLB Dan Morgan missed Carolina's third preseason game because he was suffering from a "minor head injury." While the Panthers aren't officially calling it a concussion, our sources tell us to keep a close eye on the situation because of Morgan's injury history. Morgan, the Panthers' most indispensable linebacker, has suffered multiple concussions in his five-year career and has never stayed healthy for all 16 games in the regular season.