NFL news of December 5, 2002

When the Carolina Panthers begin another game this Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals at Ericsson Stadium, Chris Weinke will assume his customary position on the sideline.

…The starting quarterback in 15 of the Panthers’ 16 regular-season games a year ago, Weinke has made just one start this season. And on that occasion, he didn’t come close to finishing what he started – leaving for good before the first half was over in a 30-0 loss at Atlanta because he sustained a concussion.

Last year as a rookie he attempted 540 passes, completed 293, and passed for nearly 3,000 yards. The only rookie in NFL history to pass for more yardage was Peyton Manning of Indianapolis with 3,793 in 1998.

This year, as the 4-8 Panthers enter the home stretch of another lost season, Weinke has attempted 29 passes, completed 13, and thrown for less yardage than even rookie Randy Fasani – who played ahead of Weinke during last Sunday’s 13-6 Carolina victory at Cleveland.

Weinke’s last appearance was Nov. 24 against Atlanta at Ericsson Stadium. He threw eight passes. Two were intercepted. Coach John Fox yanked Weinke in favor of Fasani after only three series, after Weinke had replaced struggling starter Rodney Peete at halftime.

—Joe Menzer, The Winston-Salem Journal “Lost Season: Weinke Thinking About His Future In The NFL”
Weinke spent 2001 – 2006 as a Carolina Panther, mostly as a backup after starting 15 games for the 1-15 2001 Panthers. He spent 2007 backing up Trent Dilfer and Alex Smith for the San Francisco 49ers. It was his final season in the league. He finished his career with 20 starts and two wins—a 24-13 win over the Minnesota Vikings in his first game and a 10-3 defeat of the Atlanta Falcons on December 24, 2006. In his final victory, Weinke completed 4 of 7 pass attempts for 32 yards.

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