Panthers Rumors & News

  • President Trump notes players still kneeling during national anthem

    Pro Football Talk "President Trump’s push to keep NFL players who don’t stand during the national anthem a major storyline continued on Monday morning. Players from the Giants, Seahawks and 49ers did not stand for the anthem before Sunday’s games and the President took note of it as well as the fact that the..." October 23

  • Ryan Kalil re-injures neck, questionable to return

    Pro Football Talk "The Panthers were hoping the return of center Ryan Kalil would spark their running game. It didn’t work early, and now they’re without the five-time Pro Bowler again, and faced with more immediate problems. Kalil has aggravated the neck injury that kept him out the previous five games, and..." October 22

  • Cam Newton violates NFL rules by refusing to speak with media all week

    Sportsnaut "Cam Newton made headlines without saying a word this week when he skipped out on a scheduled media session. Now that the Carolina Panthers are on their way to Chicago for a date with the Bears and Newton still hasn’t met with the media, he’s in clear violation of the NFL rules. “The NFL..." October 21

  • Newton completes week without speaking to media

    Pro Football Talk "Two weeks after Panthers quarterback Cam Newton created a major stir via something he said, he’s making more waves with nothing he said. Because he has said nothing to the media this week, in violation of league rules. The NFL requires all players to be available to reporters at least once..." October 21

  • Luke Kuechly DNP Thursday; LB uncertain for Sunday "Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly officially did not participate during Thursday's practice, but is making progress in the concussion protocol. Kuechly was in a helmet and pads for the first time this week and participated in individual drills. He was held out of team drills, per..." October 20

  • Donald Trump’s Petition Seeks ‘Stand For National Anthem’ Supporters

    NESN "Donald Trump now is trying to combat an athletes’ movement with one of his own. The president released a petition Thursday on the Republican National Committee website, in which he asks people to register their support for standing for the national anthem. “The President has asked for a..." October 20

  • Panthers' Luke Kuechly to miss 10th game due to concussion since '15

    ESPN "Carolina Panthers Pro Bowl middle linebacker Luke Kuechly on Friday was ruled out for Sunday's game at Chicago with a concussion. Wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin was listed as questionable after missing the past two days with swelling in his left knee that was surgically repaired in 2015. He..." October 20

  • Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin leaves practice with knee issue

    ESPN "Carolina Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin left practice on Wednesday and was listed as a non-participant with a knee injury. Benjamin walked off under his own power, and when asked about the 6-foot-5 receiver, Panthers coach Ron Rivera simply said, "Knee.'' Benjamin has worked on the..." October 19

  • NFL looking into why Panthers QB Cam Newton declined to speak to media Thursday

    ESPN "The NFL will look into why Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton on Thursday declined to speak to media, league spokesman Brian McCarthy told ESPN. Team spokesperson Steven Drummond said the 2015 NFL MVP did not give a reason. Coach Ron Rivera also was unaware of why his quarterback did not..." October 19

  • Cam Newton declines required weekly interview

    Bleacher Report "Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton skipped his mandatory weekly meeting with reporters Thursday ahead of Sunday's road game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Steve Reed of the Associated Press confirmed Newton declined to attend the session through a Panthers spokesperson. Joe..." October 19

  • President Trump slams NFL for not forcing players to stand for anthem

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL is back on President Trump’s radar Wednesday. The President went on a Twitter spurt Wednesday morning and the NFL’s announcement that there will be no change to league rules regarding the national anthem was part of his agenda. After a day that included a meeting between players and..." October 18

  • Panthers cut Brad Kaaya, back down to three quarterbacks

    Pro Football Talk "The Panthers didn’t have four quarterbacks for too long. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Panthers released quarterback Brad Kaaya. It seemed someone was surplus to requirements when they promoted Garrett Gilbert from the practice squad yesterday, since they still had Cam Newton and..." October 17

  • Panthers Sign LB Andrew Gachkar

    Pro Football Rumors "The Panthers have signed linebacker Andrew Gachkar, according to a team announcement. The veteran will serve as insurance in the event that Luke Kuechly is out for an extended period of time. Kuechly was forced out of last week’s loss to the Eagles when he suffered a head/neck injury. The..." October 17

  • Luke Kuechly not practicing Tuesday, still in concussion protocol

    Pro Football Talk "If Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly doesn’t have a concussion, the Panthers sure are treating him like he has one. According to Bill Voth of the team’s official website, Kuechly was jogging around during practice Tuesday, but did not participate in drills. He walked onto the field..." October 17

  • Eric Reid doesn’t think rule change on anthem is coming

    Pro Football Talk "In a statement about Tuesday’s meeting between the NFL, NFLPA, players and team owners in New York, the NFL and NFLPA said that everyone in the NFL community has “a tremendous respect” for the national anthem but it doesn’t sound like the anthem was a focal point of the meeting. Albert Breer of..." October 17

  • Panthers dispute report that Luke Kuechly does not have a concussion

    CBS Sports "Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly left the team's loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday night with a head injury. It was quickly announced that he was in the concussion protocol and was out for at least the rest of the game. Considering it was the third time in the last three..." October 15

  • Luke Kuechly avoided concussion against Eagles, per sources

    ESPN "Despite the Carolina Panthers announcing that Luke Kuechly had entered the concussion protocol Thursday night, the standout linebacker passed his concussion test and the team does not believe he suffered another one, league sources told ESPN. Kuechly collided with Philadelphia Eagles guard..." October 15

  • Charlotte police arrests fan in assault at Panthers game

    USA Today "A 26-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assault related to an attack of a fellow Carolina Panthers fan at Thursday's NFL game between the Panthers and Philadelphia Eagles, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department announced Friday night. Kyle Adam Maraghy was charged with simple assault,..." October 14

  • Cam Newton runs for touchdowns like no other QB — and few running backs

    Pro Football Talk "When Panthers quarterback Cam Newton ran for a touchdown on Thursday night against the Eagles, it was the 51st rushing touchdown of his career — an unprecedented number for a quarterback, and a pretty good number even for a running back. Since Newton entered the NFL in 2011, he’s second in the..." October 14

  • Rivera won’t discuss Kuechly concussion until he’s out of protocol

    Yardbarker "One of the best players of his generation, Luke Kuechly might have to cut his career short after suffering his third concussion in as many years. The Carolina Panthers middle linebacker was knocked out of Thursday night’s game after a huge block by Philadelphia Eagles offensive guard Brandon..." October 14

  • Panthers investigating fan's sucker punch in stands during Eagles game

    USA Today "Police are seeking to arrest a Carolina Panthers fan who repeatedly punched another fan in the face at Thursday's Panthers-Philadelphia Eagles game. Footage of the assault at Bank of America Stadium was captured on video and shared on social media, and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said in a..." October 13

  • NFL TV audience numbers continue to decline early in 2017 season

    Sporting News "No wonder alarm bells are sounding in NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s office. The league's average TV audience through Week 5 of the 2017 season dropped 7 percent vs. the same period of the 2016 season, according to Nielsen data obtained by Sporting News. Worse for the league, the average..." October 13

  • Luke Kuechly In Concussion Protocol

    Pro Football Rumors "Luke Kuechly did not come out for the second half of Thursday night’s Eagles-Panthers game due to being evaluated for a concussion. Those evaluations led to the All-Pro linebacker going into Carolina’s concussion protocol, the Panthers announced. Kuechly left the game during the second..." October 13

  • NFL: No Change To National Anthem Policy

    Pro Football Rumors "Although reports earlier this week indicated that the NFL may force players to stand for the national anthem, the NFL and NFLPA today released a joint statement indicating that the league’s policy has not been altered. “Commissioner Roger Goodell reached out to NFLPA Executive Director..." October 12

  • Donald Trump keeps the pressure on the NFL over anthem

    Pro Football Talk "NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is really trying to move past the national anthem controversy. But President Donald Trump keeps trying to paint him into a corner, in an effort to prove that he’s the most patriotic. Trump’s at it on the Twitter machine again this morning, with more bluster..." October 11

  • Roger Goodell Sends Letter to Teams Essentially Saying They Are About to Force Players to Stand for Anthem

    Black Sports Online "The NFL is about to get on their knees for Donald Trump. Donald Trump said there should be a policy in place to force players to stand for anthem. Jerry Jones and other owners have already started the process of threatening the players. Now, Roger Goodell who works for the owners has sent a..." October 11

  • Panthers defense three-quarters of the way there, but 4th quarter a concern again

    Charlotte Observer "Another week, another fourth quarter comeback bid for the Carolina Panthers defense to stave off. First it was the New England Patriots and Tom Brady in Week 4, on the road. Carolina led 30-16 with just under 13 minutes left – just enough time for a patented Brady comeback. He led the New..." October 10

  • Donald Trump takes aim at NFL’s “tax breaks”

    Pro Football Talk "The President of the United States is on the warpath with the NFL again this morning, issuing his usual subtle threats. Donald Trump is using the NFL as a foil in his battle to make himself synonymous with patriotism and the flag, after his strong-arming teams into making guys stand for the..." October 10

  • Cam Newton plays off sexist remark as misunderstood compliment

    Washington Post "After making what many deemed to be a painfully sexist remark at a midweek Panthers news conference, Cam Newton apologized a day later and said he’d “learned a valuable lesson” from his experience of being widely criticized. On Sunday, though, after leading Carolina to a 27-24 win at Detroit,..." October 09

  • Panthers reporter involved in Cam Newton drama has received death threats

    Sportsnaut "Jourdan Rodrigue, the reporter who was the subject of what many believed to be sexist comments from Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, is apparently leaving the Panthers’ beat after allegedly receiving death threats. This represents the ugly underbelly of what has been a machismo culture..." October 08

  • Ex-NFL player: Cam Newton's comment was funny because 'women don't know football'

    CBS Sports "If you thought the recent comment Cam Newton made about women covering football was sexist, just wait until you hear what former NFL player John Moffitt has to say on the subject. The former offensive lineman, who abruptly retired during the middle of the 2013 season, took to Facebook on..." October 08

  • Dannon Signs Dak Prescott After Deciding Not to Feature Cam Newton

    Bleacher Report "Yogurt company Dannon reportedly signed Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott to a sponsorship deal on the same day it announced Carolina Panthers signal-caller Cam Newton would not be featured following his sexist remarks directed at Charlotte Observer writer Jourdan Rodrigue, per Adam Schefter..." October 08

  • Cam Newton's three main sponsors stick by him after apology "While the media and the public howled about Cam Newton's remarks to a female reporter on Thursday, awaiting an apology, the Panthers QB was at practice. He had treatment; he watched film. When he finally picked up his phone late in the afternoon, he realized the damage it had caused. It was..." October 08

  • Cam Newton Apologizes for 'Unacceptable' Comments to Reporter

    Bleacher Report "Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton apologized in a video on Twitter for sexist remarks he made toward the Charlotte Observer's Jourdan Rodrigue. In the video, Newton said his "word choice was extremely degrading and disrespectful": During his weekly availability with the media..." October 06

  • Panthers' Rivera: Newton made a mistake "Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Cam Newton "made a mistake" when his quarterback said Wednesday "it's funny to hear a female talk about routes" after he was asked by Jourdan Rodrigue, a female reporter for the Charlotte Observer, about Devin Funchess. "I understand he had a conversation..." October 05

  • Ex-Falcons WR Roddy White Tweets He Found Cam’s Comments Funny

    Black Sports Online "If we are keeping it real there are probably more than a few NFL players who thought it was funny. There are probably more than few people in general who thought it was funny. Still doesn’t make it right and you can’t say that to someone who is just trying to do their job. Cam and frankly..." October 05

  • Cam Newton dropped as endorser for Dannon in wake of sexist remark

    Larry Brown Sports "Cam Newton may have felt that the sexist comment he made toward a female reporter on Wednesday did not warrant an apology, but it was apparently enough for one major company to drop the quarterback as an endorser of its products. On Thursday, the Dannon yogurt company announced that it is..." October 05

  • NFL has 'no tolerance for racial comments directed to anyone'

    ESPN "If it is able to identify the person who allegedly shouted a racial slur at Terrelle Pryor on Monday night, the NFL will ban that fan from future games, league spokesman Joe Lockhart said on a conference call Thursday. "We have no tolerance for racial comments directed to anyone," Lockhart..." October 05

  • Cam Newton gives sexist response to press conference question

    Larry Brown Sports "Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is under fire Wednesday for a sexist comment he made during his press conference. Female Charlotte Observer beat writer Jourdan Rodrigue asked Newton a reasonable question about his receivers running routes, asking him whether he enjoys that Devin..." October 05

  • Personal info on nearly 1,200 NFL players and agents exposed in NFLPA database leak

    USA Today "Colin Kaepernick was among 1,133 players and agents whose personal information was exposed due to a misconfigured online database operated by the NFL Players Association, according to an internet security company. Kaepernick, who was the target of death threats last year as he knelt during the..." October 04

  • Julius Peppers, 37, puts some old-man perspective on Panthers’ victory over Patriots

    Charlotte Observer "Julius Peppers has played in 228 regular-season games over his 16 seasons. Sunday was just another one. Yes, the Carolina Panthers beat the defending Super Bowl champions on their own (soft) turf, and did so in dramatic fashion. But the team’s longest-tenured player has been around long..." October 03

  • Anheuser-Busch has no plans to end relationship with NFL despite rumors

    Larry Brown Sports "Anheuser-Busch may have created a recording specifically for people who were calling the company to inquire about its sponsorship of the NFL, but that does not mean the company is considering pulling the plug on one of its most profitable partnerships. Over the weekend, rumors began circulating..." October 03

  • Panthers sign veteran safety Jairus Byrd

    Pro Football Talk "The Panthers flipped the Byrds Tuesday, but sadly, not in the manner of former Titans owner Bud Adams. The team announced they signed veteran safety Jairus Byrd, creating the roster spot by putting wide receiver Damiere Byrd on injured reserve. Damiere broke his arm during Sunday’s win over..." October 03

  • Cam Newton: Offense isn’t “instant grits,” it takes time

    Pro Football Talk "The Panthers offense bounced back from a terrible outing against the Saints in Week Three with their best effort of the season in Sunday’s 33-30 victory over the Patriots. The balanced effort saw Cam Newton run for one touchdown and throw for three more, including one on a short pass that Fozzy..." October 02

  • Jonathan Stewart runs past DeAngelo Williams as Panthers’ career rushing leader

    Charlotte Observer "Jonathan Stewart didn’t realize until he got back in the locker room Sunday that he’d become the Carolina Panthers’ all-time rushing leader. And he hadn’t had time yet to check his phone, but figured there would be a text waiting for him from DeAngelo Williams, his friend, former backfield..." October 02

  • Carolina Panther Ryan Kalil explains why he’s like a piece of spicy fried chicken

    Charlotte Observer "Carolina Panthers Ryan and Matt Kalil are moving in on Luke Kuechly’s comedic turf with a new commercial for Bojangles’. The 30-second spot portrays the two brothers sharing a meal at the restaurant, while Ryan Kalil explains in classic deadpan fashion the deeper meaning of chicken. “So, you..." October 01

  • NFL has not approved an automatic ejection rule

    Pro Football Talk "When Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan knocked out Packers receiver Devante Adams with a vicious (and illegal) helmet-to-helmet hit on Thursday, some argued that Trevathan should have been the first player to be sent to the showers under the league’s new rule mandating automatic ejections for..." September 29

  • Panthers’ Ron Rivera makes sizeable donation to help Puerto Rico

    Charlotte Observer "On Thursday, Carolina Panthers head coach walked into practice wearing the hat his daughter, Courtney, had worn as a softball player in the Pan Am Games. It was red, with “PR” on the front to represent Puerto Rico, where Rivera’s family is from. Shortly prior, he had pledged to put his money..." September 28

  • Trump: NFL owners 'afraid' to take action against kneeling players

    Fox News Sports "President Trump, in an exclusive interview with "Fox & Friends," said that NFL owners are “afraid” to act against their players protesting the national anthem at games across the country. “The NFL is in a box and they have to do something about it,” Trump told Fox News' Pete Hegseth, in the..." September 28

  • Panthers’ Kelvin Benjamin expected to play Sunday against Patriots

    Sportsnaut "Finally, some good news on the Carolina Panthers’ front. After leaving last week’s loss to the New Orleans Saints with what looked to be a serious knee injury, wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin is expected to play on Sunday. Considering Benjamin missed an entire season with a torn ACL, there was..." September 28