Panthers Rumors & News

  • Panthers left tackle Byron Bell is getting more attention

    Charlotte Observer "Quiet. Tender-hearted. Caring. These are not words generally associated with an offensive tackle in the NFL. But they are among the words teammates and coaches use to describe Byron Bell, who is in his fourth season with the Carolina Panthers yet remains one of their least-known..." October 19

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    #Panthers rookie WR Kelvin Benjamin (concussion) has been cleared, source says. He’ll play today vs. the #Packers.

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    David Newton @DNewtonespn

    #Panthers have downgraded these to out for #Packers CB Bene Benwikere LB Chase Blackburn G Amini Silatolu RB F.Whittaker RB D. Williams

  • Benjamin practices, still questionable "Carolina Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin returned to practice Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game at Green Bay. Benjamin missed the past two practices going through the league's concussion protocol, which he remains under. Coach Ron Rivera said the 28th pick in the..." October 18

  • Panthers’ Kelvin Benjamin in NFL concussion protocol after Vontaze Burfict hit

    Charlotte Observer "The Carolina Panthers Panthers may be without the hottest rookie receiver in the NFL this Sunday in Green Bay. Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina’s first round pick from May’s draft, suffered what Panthers coach Ron Rivera called a “mild concussion” in Sunday’s 37-37 tie with Cincinnati and missed..." October 16

  • Is Panthers QB Cam Newton's running game back for good?

    Fox Sports Carolinas "When it was revealed back in March that Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was going to have an ankle surgically repaired by tightening up the ligaments, the first question fans and media alike wanted to know was whether or not it would change the way he plays. In other words, would Newton..." October 16

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    Max Henson @PanthersMax

    RB Jonathan Stewart says he is feeling much better and expects to play this week.

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    Carolina Panthers @Panthers

    WR Kelvin Benjamin did not participate in practice today due to a mild concussion. He will go through the concussion protocol.

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    Joe Person @josephperson

    Rivera: Supposed to have Stewart back on Wednesday. A couple more week for DeAngelo.

  • Panthers angry over Vontaze Burfict’s extra leg-twisting

    Pro Football Talk "Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict had a pair of unnecessary roughness penalties before he left with a head injury yesterday. But after he returned, he had a pair of plays which were unnecessarily rough, even though they weren’t flagged. Burfict appeared to twist the ankles of both Panthers..." October 13

  • Bengals settle for tie with Panthers after missed OT field goal

    Cincinnati Enquirer "A week after not responding to early adversity in New England, the Bengals responded to second-half adversity numerous times and appeared on the verge of pulling out a big win over Carolina only to settle for tie. After twice rallying from seven-point fourth-quarter deficits to take a 34-31..." October 13

  • Cam Newton ignores Kaepernick fine, wears 'Beats by Dre' headphones "Cam Newton really likes his 'Beats by Dre' headphones. The Panthers quarterback wore the headphones during pregame warmups in Cincinnati on Sunday even though there's a chance it could cost him $10,000. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was fined $10,000 for wearing Beats..." October 12

  • Cam Newton uninterested in pay-as-you-go contract with Panthers "The Panthers have not held any contract talks with star quarterback Cam Newton, the first-overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, since this summer and none are planned, but it was made clear to the franchise at that time that Newton was not interested in doing a contract similar to the structure of..." October 12

  • Bose sends out free headphones to NFL teams

    Los That Sports Blog "Now that audio powerhouse Bose is the official headphone supplier for the NFL — something that got San Francisco QB Colin Kaepernick fined $10k for wearing Beats headphones this past weekend — Bose needs to push their brand via NFL players. Apparently the company has moved quickly to do so, as..." October 10

  • Contract extension for Carolina Panthers’ Cam Newton? ‘In due time,’ coach says

    Charlotte Observer "With the Cincinnati Bengals holding the fourth pick in the 2011 draft, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis spent a lot of time scouting Cam Newton. Lewis was part of a Bengals contingent that traveled to Auburn to sit down with the Tigers’ quarterback, and he hosted Newton when he visited Cincinnati..." October 09

  • Panthers bounce back, beat Bears 31-24

    Charlotte Observer "As he walked through the locker room Sunday, Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera gripped a game ball in his right hand. Rivera had just given game balls to several players after the Panthers’ come-from-behind, 31-24 win against Chicago, but this one Rivera was keeping for himself. “I’m taking..." October 06

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    Steve Reed @SteveReedAP

    The Panthers list Darrin Reaves as their starting running back, but don't read too much into that. I expect to see more of Fozzy Whittaker.

  • Charles Johnson probable for Sunday

    Pro Football Talk "The Panthers were so short on defensive ends at practice this week that they used defensive tackles and linebackers to fill in for missing players. It doesn’t look like they’ll have to go to such extremes on Sunday. Defensive end Charles Johnson returned to practice on Friday after missing time..." October 03

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    Joe Person @josephperson

    #Panthers DE Charles Johnson (hip) back at practice and breaking in pink cleats. Jonathan Stewart not practicing.

  • Amazingly, Panthers running out of defensive ends

    Pro Football Talk "The Panthers entered the season with several known weaknesses. But their biggest problem at the moment is the weakness of their strengths. In addition to their inability to keep a running back on the field, the Panthers are suddenly running low on defensive ends. Via Bill Voth of Black..." October 03

  • Bears: Jerry Angelo admits trading Greg Olsen was a mistake

    CSN Chicago "Before Brandon Marshall, before Alshon Jeffery, there was Greg Olsen. The man known as "G-Reg" in rapping circles (look it up) was Jay Cutler's favorite target during his days in Chicago, but was ultimately dealt to the Carolina Panthers after the 2010 season for a third-round pick. Of..." October 02

  • Frank Alexander suspended 10 games for another drug violation

    Pro Football Talk "The Panthers were hoping to get defensive end Frank Alexander back this week, after he served his four-game suspension for violating the league’s drug policy. Instead, they’ll see him in December, if at all. The league announced that Alexander was suspended 10 games for violating the..." October 01

  • Steve Smith rips Dave Gettleman, Ron Rivera: 'I was stabbed in the back' "Steve Smith spilled blood and guts everywhere against the Panthers on Sunday afternoon, carving up his old team en route to putting him on pace for the best season of his career. The new Ravens No. 1 wideout held back from going after the Panthers at the podium after the game but he didn't hold..." October 01

  • DeAngelo Williams has a cast on his right foot

    Pro Football Talk "Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Monday that running back DeAngelo Williams was doubtful to play this week because of a sprained ankle. A picture that Williams posted on Twitter on Wednesday seems to make doubtful an optimistic read on his chances of playing against the Bears this weekend...." October 01

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    David Newton @DNewtonespn

    RB DeAngelo Williams with high ankle sprain is officially out against Chicago. #panthers

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    Jonathan Jones @jjones9

    Thomas Davis: I'm playing this week

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    Jeremy Igo @CarolinaHuddle

    Deangelo Williams tells fans at his Williams Warriors reception that he is out a few weeks with high ankle sprain.

  • Panthers sign RB Ogbonnaya "The Carolina Panthers on Monday signed running back Chris Ogbonnaya and waived running back Tauren Poole. Ogbonnaya spent most of the past three seasons with the Cleveland Browns. In 2013, he played in 16 games with seven starts for the Browns. He compiled 240 rushing yards on 49 carries and..." September 30

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    Jason La Canfora @JasonLaCanfora

    The Panthers, very depleted in the backfield, are signing RB Chris Ogbonnaya

  • Steve Smith Sr. gets revenge on former team in Ravens 38-10 rout of Panthers

    Baltimore Beat Down "Steve Smith promised "blood and guts." He came to M&T Bank Stadium with a hat that read, "I [heart] haters." After three-and-a-half hours of football, Smith came away satisfied. The Ravens, led by Smith's seven-catch, 139-yard, two touchdown performance, destroyed the Carolina Panthers 38-10..." September 29

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    #Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams suffered a sprained ankle yesterday described as “week-to-week.” Status for Sun vs. #Bears in serious doubt.

  • Panthers add another body at running back

    Pro Football Talk "With Mike Tolbert going on injured reserve/designated for return this week and Jonathan Stewart unlikely to play, the Panthers had to make a roster move Saturday. The team announced they promoted Tauren Poole from the practice squad. To make room for him on the roster, tackle Garry Williams was..." September 27

  • RB Williams returns to practice "Two-thirds of the Panthers' triple threat at running back isn't likely to play when Carolina visits the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, but at least the other third is back in the mix. Starting running back DeAngelo Williams, who missed the last two games with a hamstring injury, returned to full..." September 24

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    Joe Person @josephperson

    DeAngelo Williams (hamstring) returned to practice today. Thomas Davis and Jonathan Stewart (knee) were both out. #Panthers

  • Ravens WR Steve Smith: Jake Delhomme is best QB I've played with "When the Ravens host the Panthers on Sunday, there will be two quarterbacks in the game who have thrown passes to Steve Smith: Joe Flacco and Cam Newton. However, neither one of those guys is the best quarterback Smith has ever played with, that honor goes to Jake Delhomme. Why..." September 24

  • Mike Tolbert to IR - Designated for Return

    Cat Scratch Reader "In unfortunate news, Mike Tolbert has been placed on injured reserve/designated for return. He suffered a hairline fracture in his leg in last week's loss to the Steelers. The earliest we will see Mike Tolbert back on the field is week 13. Hopefully he'll be back to full strength for a final push..." September 23

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    Joe Person @josephperson

    #Panthers FB Mike Tolbert (hairline fracture/bone bruise in left leg) could miss more than a month, per league source. Won't need surgery.

  • The ups and downs of Philly Brown "Thrust into the starting lineup with veteran Jerricho Cotchery sidelined by a hamstring injury, undrafted rookie wide receiver Philly Brown caught virtually every ball that came to him Sunday night. But one ball he didn't catch didn't simply go down as an incomplete pass. Instead, it went down..." September 22

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    Joe Person @josephperson

    #Panthers expected to activate RB Darrin Reaves from practice sqd as insurance in case DeAngelo Williams (hamstring) can't go vs #Steelers.

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    Joe Person @josephperson

    As for wideouts w/ hamstring pulls, Jason Avant and Jerricho Cotchery remain game-day decisions. Joe Webb would be emergency WR. #Panthers

  • Panthers expect DeAngelo Williams to play "Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams returned to practice on Friday and is expected to play in Sunday night's prime-time game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The team's all-time leading rusher missed last week's 24-7 victory over Detroit with what has been called a thigh injury,..." September 20

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    Joe Person @josephperson

    Jason Avant (thigh), Jerricho Cotchery (thigh) and DeAngelo Williams (thigh) all questionable. Fozzy (thigh) is doubtful.

  • Reports: Panthers might place star DE Greg Hardy on exempt list

    Fox Sports "Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy is meeting with the team Wednesday morning and might be placed on the exempt/commissioner's permission list, which would bar Hardy from all team activities, according to multiple reports. Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson was placed on the same..." September 17

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    Albert Breer @AlbertBreer

    Per source, Greg Hardy has officially agreed to go on the exempt list.

  • Carolina living off turnovers and not turning it over

    Fox Sports Carolinas "The Carolina Panthers sit 2-0 on the season, and while it may be a surprise to some, there are two very simple reasons why that's the case: 1. Everybody knows the defense is one of the best in the NFL, and it shouldn't be that much of a surprise that in the two games Tampa and Detroit have..." September 16

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    Ed Werder @Edwerderespn

    #NFL says #Vikings Adrian Peterson and #Panthers Greg Hardy under review. New hire Lisa Friel _ former NY prosecutor _ examining both.

  • Could Condoleezza Rice Replace Roger Goodell As Commissioner Of The NFL? "While there are still many questions to be answered as the NFL investigates its handling of Ray Rice's assault case, there are already a handful of prominent voices calling for commissioner Roger Goodell to step down and an intriguing candidate to take his place. U.S. Senator Kirsten..." September 16

  • NFL could intervene soon in Hardy case

    Pro Football Talk "As the Panthers struggle with the question of whether to let defensive end Greg Hardy play in the wake of a judge’s finding that he committed domestic violence, the Panthers may soon be off the hook. Per a league source, the NFL could soon be intervening in the Hardy case, suspending Hardy..." September 16

  • Cam Newton, tough D key in Panthers 24-7 victory over Lions

    Charlotte Observer "The Carolina Panthers played without their best pass-rusher, had the franchise’s all-time rushing leader on the bench with a leg injury and saw their franchise quarterback and his cracked ribs get sacked five times. Yet, the Panthers will wake up Monday morning alone in first place in the NFC..." September 15

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    Albert Breer @AlbertBreer

    Ron Rivera asked if they've discussed releasing Greg Hardy: "No."