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Injury give rookie QB "Road House" a chance with Panthers

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Dalton Bell's only claim to fame with the Carolina Panthers was the nickname coach John Fox gave him. But the man nicknamed "Road House" may be known for more than having the same first name as Patrick Swayze's character in the 1980s movie "Road House." With a season-ending wrist injury to reserve quarterback Brett Basanez, the undrafted rookie quarterback has a chance to make the regular season roster. And Bell says he won't complain about the nickname, especially since the man that gave it to him could decide whether he has a future in the NFL. Bell threw for nearly 8,000 yards and 62 touchdowns at Division II West Texas A&M. He knew he had little chance of making the team when he signed to be the No. 4 quarterback. But when Basanez damaged ligaments in his right wrist last Friday's against New England and was placed on injured reserve, Bell was suddenly promoted to third string. Today, Bell took some snaps with the first string. (Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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