Panthers Rumors & News

  • 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."

  • NFL may seek outside guidance on Hardy

    Pro Football Talk "As further proof that the NFL can’t credibly impose discipline for domestic violence while the Rice investigation is pending, Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reports that the NFL may seek outside guidance in connection with the case of Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy. Outside help shouldn’t be..." September 14

  • Nimble Stafford has Panthers’ attention

    Winston-Salem Journal "Quarterback Matthew Stafford of the Detroit Lions swears he didn’t know his footwork was such a big deal until after Monday night’s win against the New York Giants. He wiggled his way out of the pocket and found Calvin Johnson for touchdowns twice in the first quarter, and in the third quarter..." September 14

  • Panthers try to minimize losses in no-win situation

    Pro Football Talk "All week long, Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he expected defensive end Greg Hardy to play. But from the moment Monday morning when video emerged of Ray Rice punching his wife in the face, the decision stopped being a football decision. The Panthers had to swallow hard and make the..." September 14

  • Panthers may still deactivate Greg Hardy

    Pro Football Talk "All signs have pointed all week to Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy assuming his normal spot in the team’s starting lineup. Multiple reports have indicated that the Panthers will continue to let Hardy play while his jury trial on domestic violence charges are pending. Even if they..." September 14

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    #Panthers coaches do not expect RB DeAngelo Williams (thigh) to play today, I’m told. Good news for Jonathan Stewart fantasy owners.

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    Michael Fabiano @Michael_Fabiano

    Greg Hardy is INACTIVE.

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    SportsCenter @SportsCenter

    THIS JUST IN: Cam Newton will "no doubt" start this Sunday, Panthers coach Ron Rivera says.

  • Greg Hardy will be kept in lineup "The Carolina Panthers have no plan to change their stance, saying they'll continue to let defensive end Greg Hardy play while the legal system handles his domestic violence case. The 2013 Pro Bowl selection was found guilty in July by a Mecklenburg County judge of assaulting and threatening..." September 13

  • DeAngelo Williams (thigh) questionable "Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams did not practice on Friday for the second straight day with a thigh injury and is listed as questionable for Sunday's home opener against the Detroit Lions. Williams did run prior to practice, but his status for the game is up in the air. "I'm..." September 13

  • Greg Hardy won’t be cut by Panthers

    Pro Football Talk "As the NFL tries to strike the delicate balance between respecting a player’s due-process rights in domestic violence cases and imposing discipline on a player based on an investigation conducted by the team or the league, the Panthers have opted not to take action against defensive end Greg..." September 12

  • Panthers plan to start embattled DE Greg Hardy

    Charlotte Observer "In a week where there’s been as much focus on the field as off it, the Carolina Panthers will start embattled defensive end Greg Hardy. Hardy missed practice Wednesday to meet with his lawyer. He returned Thursday and had two good days of practice, Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. “He looks..." September 12

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    Ed Werder @Edwerderespn

    #Panthers RB @DeAngeloRB did some running, still has pain. Barring unexpected improvement, he's not likely to pay Sunday vs. #Lions

  • Panthers owner breaks down talking domestic violence

    USA Today "With the NFL embroiled in a domestic violence scandal involving the Baltimore Ravens, former running back Ray Rice and now NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, one of the league's prominent owners broke down in tears Wednesday night while addressing the subject. Jerry Richardson, the longtime owner..." September 11

  • Frustrated Cam Newton ready to return to field

    Fox Sports Carolinas "It was difficult to tell what annoyed Cam Newton more during his weekly press conference Wednesday afternoon, the questions about sitting out next week or the fact that his cracked rib and surgically repaired ankle have yet to fully heal. Newton was benched before the start of the Carolina..." September 10

  • Cam Newton’s back to practice, but Greg Hardy isn’t

    Pro Football Talk "The Panthers had one key part back on the practice field today, but another was mysteriously absent. Via Bill Voth of Black and Blue Review, quarterback Cam Newton was practicing and doing more than the media saw him do last week. That’s a good sign that he’s going to be able to play this..." September 10

  • Goodell: Greg Hardy, Ray McDonald subject to new discipline rules "Even though his alleged actions took place before the NFL put the new domestic violence discipline policy in place, Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy will be subject to the new policy, Roger Goodell said Wednesday. The commissioner was visiting Wake Forest High School to celebrate the..." September 10

  • Hardy’s case isn’t ripe for NFL discipline, yet

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL’s new domestic violence policy, coupled with the league’s indefinite suspension of Ray Rice, has prompted some to call for swift and immediate action against Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy. And that would be wrong if it happened. Hardy’s case remains unresolved in the legal system...." September 10

  • NFL Leads Push For Franchise in Europe "This NFL season has kicked off with more fanfare than ever before, and excitement for the sport isn't limited to the United States. For the first time in the league's history there will be three regular-season games played abroad, all of them at Wembley Stadium in London. The games will come on..." September 09

  • Cam Newton (ribs) inactive for Panthers vs. Bucs on Sunday "Superman won't suit up for the Panthers on Sunday, as Cam Newton is on the inactive list for Carolina and will miss the first regular season game of his career. The former No. 1 overall pick in 2010 injured his ribs during the preseason while playing the Patriots. It didn't look like Newton,..." September 07

  • Panthers fear 3-4 week injury to Newton, if he plays

    Pro Football Talk "The signs continue to point to the Panthers not playing quarterback Cam Newton on Sunday at Tampa. It started with former Buccaneers cornerback and FOX analyst Ronde Barber letting the cat out of the bag regarding the presence of Panthers quarterback Derek Anderson at the production meeting...." September 07

  • Williams dyes hair pink for late mom "Before Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams dyed his trademark dreadlocks pink and painted his toenails pink in honor of his late mother, Sandra Hill, who lost her battle with breast cancer in May. Williams has been at the forefront of..." September 07

  • Panthers leaning against playing Cam Newton today

    Pro Football Talk "Panthers coach Ron Rivera got the nickname “Riverboat” for taking chances. But he’s leaning toward playing it safe with his franchise quarterback today. A league source tells PFT that it’s still unlikely that Cam Newton plays today against the Buccaneers because of the rib injury suffered in..." September 07

  • Panthers hope to pick up where they left off

    Winston-Salem Journal "Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, a two-time Pro Bowl selection, stood in a corner of the locker room sizing up the challenge the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will face today in their season-opener against the Carolina Panthers, the defending NFC South champions. The Bucs haven’t made the playoffs since..." September 07

  • NFL to Panthers DE Greg Hardy: Your face paint is a uniform violation "If the 'Kraken' shows up in Tampa Bay on Sunday, he's going to cost Greg Hardy some money. The 'Kraken' is Hardy's alter-ego on game day and the face paint design that Hardy uses to create the 'Kraken' has been outlawed by the NFL. The league office sent a memo to the Panthers listing all the..." September 07

  • Cam Newton practices fully "Cam Newton was a full participant in Friday's practice, but Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he would not decide whether the franchise quarterback will start Sunday's opener at Tampa Bay until game day. "Cam took all of his reps today,'' Rivera said of Newton, who has fractured ribs...." September 06

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    Joe Person @josephperson

    Cam Newton was throwing today at Panthers practice. DeAngelo Williams provided injury update, telling reporters Cam was not limited today.

  • Superman shut down? "At this time last week, Cam Newton and Ron Rivera both expressed certainty that a rib injury would not prevent the Carolina Panthers' quarterback from starting versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the season opener. After rib soreness caused Newton to miss Wednesday's practice, that certainty has..." September 04

  • Panthers sign former Jets WR Stephen Hill to practice squad "After spending two fruitless seasons with the Jets after they took him in the second round of the 2012 draft, receiver Stephen Hill was released last week. But the Panthers, in need of receiver help, have offered Hill a second chance, signing him Tuesday to the team's practice squad. Hill..." September 02

  • Panthers name 2014 captains

    Cat Scratch Reader "The Carolina Panthers have named their 2014 captains and the build up was decidedly less dramatic than a year ago. Instead of waiting to see if Cam Newton would become a first-time leader, instead the selections were a group of easy decisions, players who represent the vision of the team moving..." September 02

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    Steve Reed @SteveReedAP

    Rivera: I am still confident Cam will start vs. Tampa Bay.

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    Steve Reed @SteveReedAP

    Panthers worked out WRs Stephen Hill and Kadron Boone but have no immediate plans to sign either. Part of their ready list.

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    Adam Caplan @caplannfl

    Former #Jets WR Stephen Hill is working out for the #Panthers today, source confirmed.

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    Joe Person @josephperson

    Greg Olsen returns to practice after missing last week following his son's heart surgery.

  • Panthers sign practice squad, including linebacker D.J. Smith

    Pro Football Talk "As part of the expansion of practice squads to 10 players, the league is letting each team bring back two more experienced players. The Panthers are taking full advantage of that, signing a pair of guys with starting experience to the $6,300 a week practice squad. The team announced they had..." August 31

  • Former starting safety Robert Lester among Panthers cuts

    Pro Football Talk "The Panthers cut a pair of former contributors to last year’s No. 2-ranked defense as part of final cuts. Safety Robert Lester, who started last year after making the team as an undrafted rookie was waived, along with cornerback Josh Thomas. In addition to the previously reported guard Chris..." August 30