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Four Carolina running backs miss practice

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Oct. 12, 2005) -- Stephen Davis and DeShaun Foster were among four injured running backs to miss practice with the Carolina Panthers.

Davis and Foster have knee injuries and are questionable for Sunday's game against Detroit. Davis had surgery on his right knee last year and has been on the injury report every week. Foster is an addition and the Panthers did not disclose what is wrong with his knee.

"It's early in the week," Carolina coach John Fox said. "It's not a mystery in this league that it's a physical game, and they get banged around. Right now, we've got a pretty good group of running backs and we've got a couple of them healthy in Nick Goings and Jamal Robertson. We'll see who we've got as we move forward to Sunday."

Goings proved to be a decent backup last season. Originally the sixth-string running back, he became a starter last season because of injuries and filled in with five 100-yard rushing games.

Rod Smart (groin) and fullback Brad Hoover (shoulder) also missed practice. Smart, also Carolina's kick returner, is listed as doubtful while Hoover is questionable.

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