Panthers’ MLB Dan Connor Steadily Improving From Knee Surgery


Published: May 3, 2009


... from knee surgery.

More than six months removed from the season ending ACL injury and rehabilitation, Dan Connor saw his first action on the practice field this weekend, during the Carolina Panthers' mandatory minicamp.

"It's just an unbelieveable feeling, just to put the helmet on," said Conner.

Last year, Connor was the Panthers' third round draft selection out of Penn State, and the Panthers were expecting to have him contribute a lot to special teams while being backup to middle linebacker Jon Beason.

Unfortunately for Connor, and to the dismay of fans, teammates, and the Panthers coaching staff, Connor's season came to a premature end during the preseason.

This weekend, Connor has been has been practicing with the first-team defense, as Beason is also recovering from off-season shoulder surgery.

Connor is said to be viewing 2008 as his "redshirt" season; while he wasn't involved in the action on the field he did get to watch from...

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