Locker Room Buzz: Carolina Panthers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Observed in the locker room after the Carolina Panthers' 34-10 victory over the Atlanta Falcons:

High-fives: There must have been a season high for high-fives, from players high-fiving teammates to players high-fiving kids of teammates to players high-fiving managers to ... well, you get the picture.

He's back: Running back Jonathan Stewart doesn't particularly like doing interviews, but after leading the team in rushing with 43 yards in his first game since last November you barely could find him under the sea of television cameras and reporters.

The bling: Cornerback Captain Munnerlyn had to put on a chain that would have made Mr. T proud before talking to reporters on camera. "If I don't," Munnerlyn said, "my son will kill me."

Chandler in spotlight: It's a safe bet that swing tackle Nate Chandler hasn't done postgame interviews this season -- maybe ever. But after replacing injured right guards Chris Scott (sprained knee) and Jeff Byers (foot), who went down within a few plays of each other, he played the rest of the game and did quite well.

Quiet Smith: Wide receiver Steve Smith, often outspoken, decided not to talk to reporters after this one. And he was approached several times. "No means no," he said.