Panthers Rumors & News

  • 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

  • Donald Trump victory reportedly creating racial divide among NFL locker rooms

    Larry Brown Sports "One of the most common lessons a parent teaches a child is to not discuss politics with friends you want to keep. The same can apparently be said of NFL players and their teammates. Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report has spoken with more than two dozen current NFL players since Donald Trump won..." November 10

  • With ratings falling, the NFL may speed up game pace

    Today's Pigskin "Are NFL games just too slow? That’s one question being asked by executives as the rating continue to falter. NFL Media executive VP and NFL Network president and CEO Brian Rolapp was recently asked if the pace of games needed to increase to draw people back in, and he said: “Could [games] be..." November 10

  • NFL not rushing to rewrite marijuana policy amid new laws

    ESPN "The expansion of marijuana legalization across the United States during this week's elections will not spur any immediate changes in the NFL's joint drug policy with the NFL Players Association, spokesmen for both the league and the NFLPA said Wednesday. The NFLPA, however, will continue its..." November 10

  • How the NFL paved the way for Donald Trump's presidency

    Fox Sports "There was an election in America on Tuesday night and business mogul/reality star/Home Alone 2 starrer Donald Trump pulled off one of the great upsets in history to defeat Hillary Clinton and become the President-elect of the United States. And, if you're one of the 49% of people who didn't vote..." November 09

  • Pereira thinks NFL turning to full-time officials would be a mistake

    Pro Football Talk "Since Saints coach Sean Payton said last week on PFT Live that the NFL needs full-time officials, there has seemed to be a groundswell of support for the idea, even including the league’s head of officiating, Dean Blandino, saying the idea has merit. But a former head of officiating doesn’t..." November 09

  • HOF: Gold jackets, rings are to be worn only by Hall of Famers

    Pro Football Talk "The Pro Football Hall of Fame is standing by its policy not to give gold jackets and rings to the families of players inducted posthumously. Amid criticism from one of the daughters of Ken Stabler, the former quarterback who was inducted posthumously this year, many have called on the Hall to..." November 08

  • Rivera to submit another Newton hit for NFL review

    ESPN "Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera saw one hit that his quarterback, Cam Newton, took in the pocket during Sunday's victory at Los Angeles that concerns him enough to contact the NFL for review. But Rivera said the conversations he and Newton had separately with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell..." November 08

  • More missed calls on Cam Newton underscore the need for replay review

    Pro Football Talk "After Panthers quarterback Cam Newton complained loudly about illegal hits against him that weren’t generating flags, Commissioner Roger Goodell admitted that inconsistencies regarding the meaning of the key term “forcible” are responsible for situations in which penalty flags should fly, but..." November 07

  • After More Helmet-to-Helmet Hits, Cam Newton Avoids Officiating Questions

    Black and Blue Review "If all eyes were on Cam Newton in Los Angeles, it's interesting what some of those eyes interpreted. Of the five sacks the Carolina Panthers quarterback took against the Rams, at least two involved helmet-to-helmet contact. According to the NFL rulebook, a roughing the passer penalty should..." November 07

  • Newton, defense help Panthers edge Rams

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- Cam Newton wasn't concerned about the Carolina Panthers' win over the Los Angeles Rams being ugly. "I've never heard of a pretty loss," Newton said. Newton and two Graham Gano field goals boosted the Panthers to a 13-10 victory over the Rams on Sunday at the Memorial..." November 06

  • Russell Wilson doesn't share Newton's complaints about officials

    ESPN "Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton spoke with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell this week about whether officials treat him differently than other quarterbacks when it comes to taking hits in the pocket. Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (5-foot-11, 215 pounds) is not as big as..." November 05

  • Luke Kuechly listed as questionable, Panthers expect him to play

    Pro Football Talk "The Panthers are trying to get their season pointed in a better direction than it went during a 1-5 start and last week’s win over the Cardinals was a step in the right direction. They’ll be in Los Angeles this weekend in an attempt to make it two wins in a row, but they may not have linebacker..." November 04

  • Dungy: Coach, owner should have been the ones complaining about hits on Cam Newton

    Pro Football Talk "The story of the week, which could extend well beyond a five-day, post-NFL Sunday news cycle, arises from Panthers quarterback Cam Newton’s public complaints about the failure of officials to throw penalty flags for roughing the passer. Hall of Fame coach Tony Dungy believes that Cam shouldn’t..." November 04