Panthers Rumors & News

  • Poll finds anthem protests hurting NFL ratings

    ESPN "A variety of factors are leading to fans watching NFL games for fewer minutes this season, but a poll taken this week suggests that protests over the national anthem are the most dominant factor. In a Seton Hall Sports Poll released Thursday, 56 percent of those surveyed said they believed fans..." October 27

  • Goodell defends NFL policies, says league has ‘made tremendous progress’ on domestic violence

    New York Daily News "Giants president and chief executive officer John Mara admitted this week to his and the team's "misguided decisions" with regard to ex-kicker Josh Brown's domestic violence case. But NFL commissioner Roger Goodell offered up no such contrition Wednesday night when he made his first public..." October 27

  • Former Jets WR Stephen Hill Suspended Two Games

    NFL Trade Rumors "ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that former Panthers and Jets WR Stephen Hill has been suspended two weeks by the NFL for an undisclosed reason. Hill, 25, is a former second-round pick of the Jets back in 2012. He spent just two years with the team before he was placed waivers at the start of..." October 26

  • There Are No Elite Teams in 2016

    The Ringer "For the first time in weeks, the NFL was the only show in town on Sunday night. With the World Series matchup set and the three presidential debates mercifully a thing of the past, Sunday Night Football took center stage as the weekend wound to a close. What followed was a game that will likely be..." October 25

  • Panthers getting healthier at cornerback

    Pro Football Talk "The Panthers hoped to get healthier over their bye week and things appear to have played out that way in the secondary. The team returned to work on Monday and Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reports that cornerbacks James Bradberry and Robert McClain were both back on the field with..." October 24

  • Ex-Panther Beason piles on GM for poor secondary: 'It's unacceptable'

    Charlotte Observer "Former Carolina Panthers linebacker Jon Beason was the first big-name player sent packing by general manager Dave Gettleman, before Steve Smith, DeAngelo Williams or Josh Norman were shown the door. Beason said it was a smart business decision by Gettleman to make the 2013 trade that sent him..." October 22

  • Goodell blames fans for not understanding NFL’s domestic violence policy

    The Comeback "Roger Goodell gave an interview to BBC Sports, in which he essentially says the league’s handling of domestic violence suspensions is fine. He blames fan ignorance or narrow-mindedness for the perception that he’s not going far enough. Roger Goodell is essentially the man behind the curtain,..." October 22

  • Introduces “Roster Options,” Which Is Basically a Way to Profit Off People Cheating at Fantasy Football

    Total Pro Sports "One of the key components of fantasy football is agonizing over your weekly roster, trying to decide which players are due for a big game and which should remain on the bench. It’s what makes fantasy football gratifying. If we didn’t have to use knowledge and instinct to make tough choices, we..." October 22

  • Kawann Short fined $18,231 for hitting Drew Brees in face

    Pro Football Talk "Saints quarterback Drew Brees thought Panthers defensive tackle Kawann Short “straight punched me in the mouth.” The league agreed. Via Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer, the NFL fined Short $18,231 for his roughing the passer penalty last week." October 21

  • The NFL is cracking down hard on illegal celebrations. Players and fans ask, why?

    Washington Post "Twerking? Don’t do it, Antonio Brown. Shooting a fake bow and arrow? No way, Josh Norman and Brandin Cooks. Taking off your helmet? Nope, Odell Beckham Jr. Shooting a jump shot over the crossbar? Forget about it, Vernon Davis. NFL officials are throwing penalty flags for illegal..." October 20

  • After Slow Start, Carolina Panthers Hoping to Repeat Recent History

    Black and Blue Review "Think you’re surprised the defending NFC champs are 1-5? Imagine being Thomas Davis. “No way. No way. No way I would have believed that,” Carolina’s longest-tenured player said Tuesday before the Panthers headed into their bye week. “I would have bet everything that I have that we wouldn’t..." October 20

  • NFL, NFLPA statement on Newton concussion protocol probe "The NFL and NFL Players Association issued a joint statement Wednesday on the investigation into whether proper protocol was followed after Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was hit in the helmet multiple times during the team's season opener against the Broncos on Sept. 8. NFL-NFLPA JOINT..." October 19

  • Sagging NFL TV ratings leave owners scrambling for answers

    USA Today "It’s an election year, silly. That wasn’t the entire company line, but the impact of the dramatic presidential election cycle was certainly a prevailing sentiment as NFL owners gathered Tuesday for their quarterly meeting and assessed the league's unusual and precipitous dip in TV..." October 19

  • Sean McDonough rips NFL officiating, blames it for ratings decline

    Larry Brown Sports "The Arizona Cardinals and New York Jets did not exactly put on a great show Monday night, and the officiating didn’t help. Head official Jerome Boger and his crew threw a whopping 19 penalty flags, making the game — which was never close — extremely hard to watch. Ratings have been down across..." October 18

  • Ron Rivera: Bye week comes at perfect time

    Pro Football Talk "The Panthers’ season continued to unravel on Sunday when their comeback effort against the Saints fell short in a 41-38 loss that left the defending NFC champs with a 1-5 record on the year. That makes four losses in a row for the Panthers, but they’ll have at least a one week reprieve from the..." October 17

  • Cam Newton Gave Away a Touchdown Ball to a Saints Fan Disguised as a Panthers Fan

    The Big Lead "Cam Newton had a rough Sunday. First the Panthers lost to the Saints, falling to 1-5 on the season, then he had another embarrassing postgame press conference. And it sounds like he might have been duped during the game. Unfortunately, this will be hard to confirm, but the game did take place..." October 17

  • Bitter Cam Newton Walked Away From the Lectern Because He Didn't Like the Media's Questions

    The Big Lead "Cam Newton isn’t the reason the Panthers are 1-5 – it’s on the defense, mostly – but being the reigning MVP and the face of the team, he’s the one who will take the most heat. So after a tough 41-38 loss to the Saints, an impeccably dressed Newton started to take questions from the media … and..." October 17

  • Drew Brees: Panthers’ Kawann Short ‘punched me in the mouth’

    Charlotte Observer "Saints quarterback Drew Brees said Panthers defensive tackle Kawann Short punched him in the mouth on a fourth-quarter play that produced a touchdown but left Brees with a bloody lip. Short was flagged for roughing the passer when he hit Brees in the face with his left hand on tight end Josh..." October 17

  • Panthers coach on kicker’s future there: “Well, we’ll see”

    Black and Blue Review "When the Panthers last visited the Superdome, they were a part of history — and not the type you want to be involved with. Seconds after running back Jonathan Stewart scored on a five-yard run, the Saints became the first time to turn a blocked extra point into two points. 10 months later,..." October 17

  • Cam Newton has another short press conference

    Pro Football Talk "The Panthers rallied from 21 points down to tie the game in the fourth quarter before ultimately falling to the Saints 41-38 on Sunday afternoon and the loss didn’t leave quarterback Cam Newton with much of a taste for answering questions. As seen in video posted by the Charlotte Observer,..." October 16

  • Newton sets Panthers all-time passing yards record

    Alabama "Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton became the franchise's all-time leader in passing yards on his second throw against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. Returning to the field after missing the Panthers' previous game with a concussion, Newton entered Sunday's contest 21 yards behind Jake..." October 16

  • Panthers need to put 2015 behind them, once and for all

    Pro Football Talk "Plenty of potential problems have been identified to explain the struggles of the Carolina Panthers. Here’s one that can’t be overlooked: The fumes of the 2015 season continue to hover over the franchise, five games in to 2016. Tight end Greg Olsen hinted at what could happen in July, when he..." October 16

  • Cam Newton cleared to play for Panthers on Sunday "The Carolina Panthers will get a much-needed boost in their lineup Sunday. Quarterback Cam Newton (concussion) has been cleared to play against the New Orleans Saints, the team announced Saturday. Newton missed Carolina's Week 5 loss to Tampa Bay after sustaining the concussion in a loss to the..." October 15

  • Brees: Davis, Kuechly possibly best LB tandem ever

    ESPN "Forgive Drew Brees for his hyperbole. Even though the New Orleans Saints quarterback has been playing in the NFL for 16 years, he hasn’t run into many true linebacker duos like the Carolina Panthers’ Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis -- maybe none, in fact. Many argue that the inside linebacker..." October 15

  • Newton questionable, should play 'barring setback' "The Carolina Panthers might get a much-needed boost in their lineup Sunday. Quarterback Cam Newton (concussion) is questionable to play against the New Orleans Saints, the team announced Friday. Newton missed Carolina's Week 5 loss to Tampa Bay after sustaining the concussion in a loss to the..." October 15

  • Panthers bring back defensive end Wes Horton

    Pro Football Talk "For all their other issues this season, the Panthers haven’t gotten consistent play or pressure from their defensive line. And now that they’re dealing with some injuries, they had to bring back a guy they cut this offseason. The team announced that they had re-signed defensive end Wes..." October 14

  • Cam Newton questionable, Panthers down another cornerbac

    Pro Football Talk "The Panthers are still waiting for their final clearance on quarterback Cam Newton, but in the interim, they’re down another cornerback because hey why not. Via Bill Voth of Black and Blue Review, the Panthers have declared cornerback Robert McClain out for this week with a hamstring injury,..." October 14

  • Panthers won’t limit Cam Newton’s running after concussion

    Black and Blue Review "Five-plus seasons filled with dozens of hits haven't convinced the Carolina Panthers to change Cam Newton's game and neither will his first documented concussion. As of Thursday afternoon, the quarterback was still in the NFL's concussion protocol, but he was a full participant in the morning's..." October 14

  • Results of Cam Newton concussion investigation could be released soon

    Pro Football Talk "Five weeks ago tonight, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton suffered an apparent concussion during a crunch-time drive in the opening game of the regular season, at Denver. Soon, the findings of the dual investigations launched by the NFL and NFL Players Association will be announced. Unless they..." October 13

  • NFL changes Week 8 game times for Packers-Falcons, Cardinals-Panthers

    CBS Sports "For the first time this season, the NFL has made a change to the 2016 schedule. The league has switched the times for two games that will kickoff on Oct. 30. The Cardinals' game against the Panthers in Carolina, which was previously scheduled to kickoff at 4:25 p.m. ET, will now kickoff at 1..." October 13

  • Panthers QB Newton practices again

    TSN "Panthers quarterback Cam Newton practiced for the second straight day, another indicator the league's reigning MVP will likely play Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. Newton missed Monday night's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after suffering a concussion in a loss to the Atlanta..." October 13

  • Donald Trump makes fun of NFL concussion protocol

    247 Sports "Donald Trump is apparently not a fan of the NFL's concussion protocol. The Republican nominee for president made fun of the amount of time players miss now due to head injuries. The NFL has made significant changes in its concussion protocol over the past few years. While players often miss a..." October 13

  • Ron Rivera to Panthers players: Take care of your job first

    Pro Football Talk "The Panthers are 1-4 after a sluggish performance against the Buccaneers on Monday night and there are plenty of places to point in an attempt to explain why things haven’t gone their way after a run to the NFC title last year. There’s been poor pass protection, a slew of turnovers, injuries to..." October 12

  • Cam Newton, Jonathan Stewart back on practice field for Panthers

    Pro Football Talk "The Panthers could use all the good news they can get right now, as they try to salvage an ugly 1-4 start. They appear to have gotten a double dose today. Via Bill Voth of Black and Blue Review, quarterback Cam Newton and running back Jonathan Stewart were back at practice..." October 12

  • General manager Dave Gettleman responsible for Panthers' 1-4 start

    USA Today "The 1-4 Carolina Panthers are probably not going back to the Super Bowl this year. They aren’t going to win their division from the looks of it right now. Most likely they are not going to make the playoffs. How did it come to this? Carolina’s crisis has many fathers, but more than any one..." October 12

  • Last-second Bucs FG beats slumping Panthers

    The Sports Xchange "CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Rookie kicker Roberto Aguayo just needed another chance. After missing two of four previous field-goals attempts Monday night, he was good from 38 yards on the last play of the game as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Carolina Panthers 17-14 at Bank of America..." October 11

  • Not even Cam Newton can fix Panthers' unfathomable problems

    Sporting News "On the day of the Panthers’ latest loss, Cam Newton had improved enough to run and throw some, according to coach Ron Rivera. (Also well enough to Segway through downtown Charlotte without a helmet, as it turned out, which isn't much safer than what he might have faced had he played Monday night.)..." October 11

  • Panthers shocked to be 1-4, though Greg Olsen kind of called it

    Charlotte Observer "Pass the Tylenol, pound the Gatorade and hide the remote: The Panthers’ post-Super Bowl hangover isn’t getting any better. Roberto Aguayo, Tampa Bay’s much-maligned rookie kicker, made a 38-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Bucs to a 17-14 victory in a Monday Night Football game that..." October 11

  • Dolphins awarded former Panthers CB Benwikere off waivers "The spiraling Miami Dolphins need all sorts of help on defense, and they've found some in the form of Bene' Benwikere. The team was awarded the cornerback off waivers on Monday after Benwikere was released by the Panthers last week in the wake of Atlanta's Julio Jones torching Carolina for 300..." October 10

  • Sources: Newton's inner circle says play safer

    ESPN "With Cam Newton sidelined for Monday night's game because of a concussion, multiple people in his inner circle have counseled the Carolina Panthers quarterback to play more carefully, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Newton suffered the concussion in the fourth quarter of last Sunday's 48-33..." October 09

  • How can an NFL player go broke?

    Sporting News "How can an NFL player go broke? Originally answered on Sept. 7, 2016. This question originally appeared on Quora , the knowledge-sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. You can follow Quora on Twitter , Facebook , and Google+ . Any number of..." October 08

  • Ron Rivera jabs at Captain Munnerlyn over comments

    Larry Brown Sports "Ron Rivera coached Captain Munnerlyn at Carolina, and he’s more than happy to have a jab back at his former player. On Saturday, Rivera was asked if he wanted to respond to comments made by Munnerlyn, now with Minnesota, about how Carolina’s players fold when not playing well. “I just want..." October 08

  • Panthers' Cam Newton: Ruled out for Monday

    CBS Sports "Newton (concussion) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Buccaneers, Bryan Strickland of the Panthers' official site reports. Newton was unable to participate in practice throughout the week as he remains under the league's concussion protocol after suffering the head injury during..." October 08

  • Panthers Waive CB Bene Benwikere

    NFL Trade Rumors "Tom Pelissero of USA Today reports that the Panthers are placing CB Bene Benwikere on waivers Friday. This comes after a poor performance against Falcons WR Julio Jones. There had been some talk that the Panthers could bench Benwikere in Week 5 after this performance, but it’s surprising to see..." October 07

  • Cam Newton, several other starters expected to miss game vs. Bucs

    Charlotte Observer "The Carolina Panthers put out their longest injury report of the season Thursday, with plenty of other names under quarterback Cam Newton’s in the “did not participate” category. Newton and left tackle Michael Oher are expected to miss Monday night’s game against Tampa Bay as they remain in the..." October 07

  • Report: NFL Threatens To Fine Teams If They Use Too Much Footage On Social Media

    Deadspin "Buried in Albert Breer’s column for MMQB this morning was a nugget suggesting just how seriously the NFL is taking their declining primetime TV audiences. Ratings in the 18-t0-49 demographic have fallen between 12 and 16 percent for Thursday, Sunday, and Monday night games, and the NFL,..." October 07

  • Ratings Fumble for NFL Surprises Networks, Advertisers

    Pro Football Talk "Fewer people have been watching the NFL on TV this year. The NFL previously had said nothing about it. Now, the NFL has. And it’s along the lines of, “All is well.” “We’re missing some stars out there,” NFL media chief Brian Rolapp said, via the Wall Street Journal. Indeed they are, in part..." October 07

  • Report: NFL setting up contingency plans due to Hurricane Matthew

    Sportsnaut "While it seems as though the NFL is still planning on playing Week 5 games in the Southeast, the threat of Hurricane Matthew is causing them to consider backup plans. “In lieu of Hurricane Matthew, Roger Goodell met this afternoon with league officials to conduct contingency planning for..." October 07

  • Cam Newton looks unlikely for Monday vs. Bucs

    Charlotte Observer "Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton missed his second consecutive practice Thursday with post-concussion symptoms, and it’s looking more and more likely the reigning league MVP will miss Monday night’s game against Tampa Bay. The NFL’s concussion protocol involves a gradual return-to-play..." October 06

  • Josh Norman and Baltimore’s Steve Smith share great respect thanks to their time together in Carolina

    Washington Post "Every week seems to feature an intriguing matchup for Josh Norman. Two weeks ago, the Redskins cornerback faced off with Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., with whom Norman had exchanged both physical blows on the playing field last season, and verbal jabs both in the 2015 meeting between the..." October 06