Panthers Rumors & News

  • Panthers release Robert McClain

    Pro Football Talk "The Panthers have parted ways with veteran cornerback Robert McClain. The team announced McClain’s release on Friday along with the return of linebacker Ben Jacobs, who played with the team from 2013-2015. He saw much of his time on special teams and the Panthers have a need in that area with..." December 09

  • Kuechly questionable vs. Chargers, must pass final concussion test

    ESPN "arolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly will start Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers, barring a last-minute setback in the concussion protocol. Starting strong safety Kurt Coleman and cornerback Daryl Worley also are progressing through the protocol. All three were full participants..." December 09

  • Joe Theismann on Cam Newton: ‘He’s a spoiled brat’

    Sportsnaut "Carolina Panthers quarterback and reigning NFL MVP Cam Newton continues to be the subject of criticism and debate around the football world. The enigmatic signal caller was benched for the opening of Carolina’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday night for violating the team’s dress code..." December 08

  • Seahawk Richard Sherman: Punishment for Cam Newton was appropriate

    Seattle Times "Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman was as surprised as everybody else when Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers began and Derek Anderson was at quarterback instead of Cam Newton. “I thought maybe there was an injury to Cam that they may have been withholding or he sprained his hand in..." December 08

  • Looking Ahead To 2017 Franchise Tags

    Pro Football Rumors "The NFL’s salary cap for 2017 won’t officially be set until sometime after the Super Bowl, but based on the direction the cap has trended in recent years, we have a general idea of where it may end up. Predicting an increase of about 8.2% on this year’s $155.27MM cap, Joel Corry of CBSSports.com..." December 07

  • Coaches irked by late-season Thursday night division games?

    Larry Brown Sports "The Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders will square off this week in one of the most important games of the regular season, and some coaches across the NFL are reportedly unhappy that it is taking place on a Thursday night. Jason Cole of Bleacher Report spoke to some coaches who feel it is..." December 06

  • RUMOR: Cam Newton's Benching on Sunday Night Actually Due to Strip Club Incident

    12 Up "On Sunday, superstar QB Cam Newton was benched in favor of Derek Anderson for the game's first series (which turned out to be a one-pass drive that ended in a pick) after it was said he violated a team rule. It would later be revealed that Newton was benched by Head Coach Ron Rivera for..." December 06

  • Panthers to activate Kuechly when he clears protocol

    CBS Sports "The Carolina Panthers reportedly won't be taking things to an extremely cautious level with star linebacker Luke Kuechly the rest of this season. Currently in the league's concussion protocol after missing the last two games, Kuechly is expected to be activated and play over the final portion..." December 06

  • S Thomas injured in Seahawks' rout of Panthers

    The Sports Xchange "SEATTLE -- The competitive aspect of the Sunday night contest was all but over with the first play of the second half, when Seattle wide receiver Tyler Lockett sped around right end for a 75-yard touchdown run that gave the Seahawks a three-score lead over the Carolina Panthers. The Seahawks..." December 05

  • Ron Rivera 'very comfortable' with decision to bench Cam Newton

    USA Today "One day after facing intense scrutiny for his unorthodox move, Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he remains satisfied with his decision to bench star quarterback Cam Newton for a dress code violation. “I’m very comfortable with it,” Rivera said Monday afternoon during a press conference...." December 05

  • Cam Newton & Ron Rivera: The Wardrobe Confrontation At Team Bus

    TMZ "Here it is ... the moment Panthers head coach Ron Rivera confronted Cam Newton about his dress code violation before the team trip to Seattle ... and TMZ Sports has the video. It all went down on Saturday at the bay area hotel where the team had been staying since playing the Raiders in..." December 05

  • NFL players detail their painful, gritty post-game recovery routines

    SI "It’s 9:35 on a Monday morning in mid-November, 10 weeks into another NFL season and 20 hours after Jaguars receiver Allen Robinson played 67 snaps against the Texans. Sunday was all booming fighter-jet flyovers and screaming Jacksonville fans and defenders inflicting pain. Monday starts in a dimly..." December 05

  • Panthers bench Cam Newton for dress code violation

    USA Today "Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was benched for the start of Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks for what coach Ron Rivera told NBC was a "dress code violation." Veteran backup Derek Anderson started in Newton’s place and threw an interception on the first series of the game." December 05

  • Panthers defender: Russell Wilson is the Seahawks’ best running back

    Charlotte Observer "Carolina Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson didn’t need to see the Seattle Seahawks’ injury report to know Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is back to his old running ways. “He still looks the same to me. He’s still looks elusive to me. He’s still probably the best running back..." December 03

  • Here's why Cam Newton will have to pay over $200K in taxes to California

    CBS Sports "Panthers quarterback Cam Newton doesn't live in California, but he's going to be playing a lot of taxes there when Uncle Sam comes calling in April. The Panthers' decision to stay out west after the team's 35-32 loss to the Raiders on Sunday is going to cost Newton more than $200,000 in taxes...." December 02

  • Trump takes credit for NFL ratings slide, again

    Pro Football Talk "Thirty years after Donald Trump took on the NFL and lost, he has taken on the NFL and won. According to him. Via SportsBusiness Daily, the President-Elect declared during his first public rally since the election that the NFL’s ratings dropped because of the election. “[T]heir ratings were..." December 02

  • Colin Cowherd reveals how many NFL QBs he'd take over Cam Newton

    Fox Sports "Cam Newton has started in the Super Bowl. He's won the NFL's MVP award. Yet Colin Cowherd isn't convinced the Carolina Panthers quarterback is actually one of the game's elite signal-callers. On Thursday's episode of "The Herd" on FS1, Cowherd played a round of "Would you rather?" to break down..." December 02

  • Cam Newton: No line crossed with Seahawks '12' flag toss

    ESPN "Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton says he believes he was justified in taking a "12" flag from a Seattle fan, crumpling it up and tossing it after last season's home playoff game against the Seahawks. "Where was the flag at? Was it at our house?" Newton asked after practice Thursday at..." December 02

  • NFL expected to hire 17 full-time officials, league exec says

    Sporting News "Help appears to be on the way for NFL officiating. Amid a season of questionable calls, NFL executive Troy Vincent told The Associated Press on Thursday that the league is expected to hire as many as 17 full-time officials. The new batch of hires will increase game-day officiating crews from..." December 01

  • Adam Schefter signs five-year extension with ESPN

    CBS Sports "ESPN Insider Adam Schefter missed on breaking possibly the biggest news of the night Wednesday. Then again, when you are the news, there might be a different protocol. Filed to SI.com by media critic Richard Deitsch Wednesday evening, the four-letter network out of Bristol, CT has extended the..." December 01

  • Richard Sherman on Cam Newton grabbing '12th man' flag: 'I guess karma gets you'

    ESPN "After the Carolina Panthers beat the Seattle Seahawks in the divisional round of last year's playoffs, quarterback Cam Newton ran around Bank of America Stadium high-fiving fans. But when one Seahawks fan dangled a "12" flag near Newton, he grabbed it, crumpled it up and tossed it -- all with a..." December 01

  • Panthers place C Ryan Kalil, C Gene Gradkowski on IR

    Sportsnaut "In a massive blow for a floundering Carolina Panthers squad, elite All-Pro center Ryan Kalil has been placed on injured reserve for the remainder of the 2016 season per the Carolina Panthers official website. To make matters worse for a beaten and battered Cam Newton, backup center Gene Gradkowski..." November 29

  • Report: NFL will ditch early-morning London games

    Pro Football Talk "When it comes to making the NFL’s product more attractive by making it more scarce, the NFL claims it won’t consider ditching or limiting Thursday Night Football. However, it reportedly will be ditching another fairly recent broadcasting practice. Via Joe Flint of the Wall Street Journal, the..." November 29

  • Ron Rivera declares Panthers offensive line a “catastrophe”

    Pro Football Talk "The Panthers chance to upset the Raiders yesterday unraveled for good on a sack, which has happened far too often to Cam Newton this season. There were reasons for that, of course, but Panthers coach Ron Rivera was blunt when talking about the situation with reporters. “It’s about as..." November 28

  • Panthers first-rounder Vernon Butler a healthy scratch vs. Raiders

    Pro Football Talk "The Panthers are playing the Raiders today, with their season on the line, and without franchise cornerstones Luke Kuechly and Ryan Kalil. We expected that. We did not expect them to also be without their first-round pick. Defensive tackle Vernon Butler was a healthy scratch for the Panthers..." November 27

  • Carr overcomes injury as Raiders edge Panthers

    The Sports Xchange "OAKLAND, Calif. -- Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr came up with yet another way to pull off a fourth-quarter comeback Sunday at the Oakland Coliseum. Carr, who played most of the second half after injuring his right pinky finger, marched the Raiders 82 yards in 12 plays for Sebastian..." November 27

  • Kuechly, Kalil ruled out vs. Raiders

    ESPN "Carolina Panthers Pro Bowl linebacker Luke Kuechly and center Ryan Kalil have been ruled out for Sunday's game at Oakland, coach Ron Rivera said on Friday. Also, the Panthers placed left tackle Michael Oher on injured reserve. Oher missed the past seven games with a concussion and there was no..." November 25

  • Ron Rivera: Putting Oher on IR was for roster spot, not medical reasons

    Pro Football Talk "The Panthers waited two months, and Michael Oher still wasn’t cleared through the league’s concussion protocol. So with games dwindling and injuries piling up, they stopped waiting Friday. Via Bill Voth of Black and Blue Review, Panthers coach Ron Rivera said the transaction was tied to..." November 25

  • John Madden on Thursday football: “It just doesn’t work”

    East Bay Times "One of Thanksgiving’s greatest traditions was listening to John Madden talk football and, even though he retired from the broadcast booth in 2009, Madden can still bring it. Madden, 80, is “feeling great” after battling multiple health issues, starting with heart surgery exactly a year..." November 24

  • Unlikely to Join the Panthers on the West Coast, Luke Kuechly is ‘On the Mend’

    Black and Blue Review "The way Thomas Davis sees it, the lasting image of a tearful Luke Kuechly getting carted off the field last Thursday night wasn’t a total negative. “I think that I got a good picture of what he means to the city and what he means to the community,” Davis said Wednesday when asked about his..." November 24

  • Competition Committee to explore sideline cameras

    NFL.com "Two controversial sideline calls in two weeks have provoked questions as to how the league should review close plays along the boundaries. On Monday night, DeAndre Hopkins was ruled out of bounds on an early catch-and-run touchdown when it looked like his right foot had touched the white..." November 23

  • 9 NFL coaches who could be fired this season

    Fox Sports "Four straight losses have Mike McCarthy moving closer to the top of our hot seat rankings The unofficial second half of the NFL season begins this week as Thanksgiving is upon us. With it comes a clearer postseason picture and a whole bunch of teams that have no shot at the playoffs. Not..." November 23

  • Shannon Sharpe: NFL officiating so bad some fans think games are fixed

    Sporting News "NFL officiating has become so bad some fans think games are fixed. That was the serious charge leveled by Shannon Sharpe on FS1's "Undisputed" Tuesday after poor officiating marred the Raiders' 27-20 win Monday night against the Texans in Mexico City. The Pro Football Hall of Famer and..." November 23

  • Rivera: 'No timetable' for Kuechly's return

    Sportsnaut "The Carolina Panthers could potentially be without star inside linebacker Luke Kuechly for some time after he suffered a scary concussion last Thursday against the New Orleans Saints. On Monday, head coach Ron Rivera said “there is no timetable” for Kuechly’s recovery. The dynamic linebacker..." November 21

  • NFL discussing moving start times of London games

    ESPN "In a continued effort to try to improve ratings, one idea the NFL is discussing is moving the 9:30 a.m. ET games played in London to a 1 p.m. ET start time, according to league sources. The idea would be to close a viewing window the NFL had created that extended the day and possibly detracted..." November 20

  • In the concussion protocol, Luke Kuechly reportedly has a concussion

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL’s concussion crisis has become in recent weeks a comedy. And the “who’s on first?” routine relates to the concussion protocol and whether a player in it actually has a concussion. Apparently, a player can be in the concussion protocol without having a concussion. There otherwise would..." November 20

  • Panthers build big lead, hold off Saints

    The Sports Xchange "CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- This time, the Carolina Panthers figured out to finish the job. In danger of squandering a double-digit lead for the second time in five days, the Panthers held on for a 23-20 victory against the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night at Bank of America Stadium...." November 18

  • Pair of plays involving Ted Ginn underscore need for video official

    Pro Football Talk "Last night’s game between the Saints and Panthers had no obvious officiating gaffes, although the effort to enforce the penalty that wiped out Luke Kuechly’s return of a blocked field goal for a touchdown was roughly as fast-paced as the search for a contact lens. Two potentially significant..." November 18

  • Luke Kuechly in concussion protocol following hit

    NFL.com "The Carolina Panthers won Thursday night's game but lost their star linebacker. Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Friday that Luke Kuechly is in concussion protocol following a hit late in the fourth quarter of the Panthers' 23-20 victory over the New Orleans Saints. In addition to having his left..." November 18

  • Luke Kuechly Weeps His Way Off The Field After Scary Injury

    Deadspin "Panthers star linebacker Luke Kuechly took a nasty head injury in the fourth quarter of tonight’s close game against the Saints. Kuechly had to be carted off and he did not hide his emotions as he was leaving the field. It wasn’t immediately apparent what part of his body exactly Kuechly hurt, but..." November 18

  • Panthers’ Kurt Coleman questions short week after Carolina injuries

    Charlotte Observer "As he watched several of his teammates go down with injuries in the second half Thursday, Carolina Panthers safety Kurt Coleman couldn’t help but wonder if the short week played a role. The Panthers beat the Saints 23-20, but injuries overshadowed the result and the particulars. It was the..." November 18

  • NFL changing schedule process for greater flexibility with international games

    Sporting News "Within the next two weeks, the NFL should know how many international games will be played in 2017 and the participating teams. But when it comes to announcing when and where those games will be played, the public and teams will have to wait. NFL executive vice president/International Mark..." November 17

  • Cam Newton Thinks Players Should Have the Right to Celebrate

    12 Up "​Much has been made of the NFL's declining television ratings this season, with some correlating it with a grueling election cycle and others being dismissive of the quality of games being played. The most popular rationale, however, has been the crackdown of celebrations and general happiness..." November 16

  • NFL players headed to Capitol Hill to talk police relations and race issues, may meet with Paul Ryan

    ESPN "Five NFL players on Wednesday will travel to Capitol Hill to discuss police brutality and race issues with members of Congress, including a possible meeting with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. The meetings were conceived by Detroit Lions wide receiver Anquan Boldin, who is known for his..." November 15

  • Lack of a punter nudged Ron Rivera toward playing for the win

    Black and Blue Review "One of the many questions Panthers fans have had in the 24 hours since Carolina's collapse against the Chiefs is: Why did coach Ron Rivera go for the win instead of play for overtime? Tied at 17 in the final minute, Kansas City was forced to punt from its own 26-yard line. Ted Ginn Jr. brought..." November 14

  • Panthers lose Pro-Bowl center for second week

    Charlotte Observer "Carolina Panthers starting center Ryan Kalil has been ruled inactive for a second consecutive game, a source confirmed on Sunday. Backup Gino Gradkowski will start in Kalil’s place against the Kansas City Chiefs, making his second as a Panther. Gradkowski also was either limited or did not..." November 13

  • Ironman Graham Gano could be a huge factor for Panthers today

    Pro Football Talk "For a large swath of the season, Panthers punter Andy Lee was the team’s MVP. But now, he’s hurt, turning what could be a critical job today over to a guy who has not been in the running for that honor. Lee is questionable to return to today’s game against the Chiefs with a hamstring injury,..." November 13

  • Cam Newton joins elite company as fifth-youngest QB to reach 20,000 passing yards

    Fox Sports "Carolina's Cam Newton is one of the best young quarterbacks in the league, having won an MVP and reached a Super Bowl in his first five years in the NFL. Now in his sixth season, Newton has continued to etch his name in the record books. On Sunday against the Chiefs, Newton reached 20,000..." November 13

  • Panthers list top two centers as questionable

    Pro Football Talk "The Panthers practiced without their top two centers on both Wednesday and Thursday, but there was a change on Friday. Starter Ryan Kalil remained out of practice with the shoulder injury that kept him from playing against the Rams last Sunday. Geno Gradkowski was able to get in a limited..." November 11

  • NFL may consider fewer commercials to improve ratings

    Awful Announcing "There’s a lot of infuriating things happening in the world and in the world of sports right now. But for me, what has to be near the top of the list, at least in the top five, is this… Commercial. Touchback. Commercial. You know those interminable points in an NFL game after a team goes on a..." November 10