Found December 07, 2011 on Panthers Locker:
PLAYERS: Dan Connor
TEAMS: Carolina Panthers
26-year old Dan Connor has not been much of a playmaker for the Panthers this year.  He has played in 11 games for the Panthers so far this year and he has 56 tackles and 2 tackles for a loss.  Connor has now played in 38 games in his first four years in the NFL and he has 137 tackles, 1 sack, 9 tackles for a loss, 1 fumble recovery and 1 pass defensed.  Connor needs to get more aggressive, because he’s not helping the team much right now.

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