Panthers Rumors & News

  • Cam Newton limited in practice with right thumb injury

    Pro Football Talk "Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was limited in Wednesday’s practice with a right thumb injury, but the team seems unconcerned. Coach Ron Rivera downplayed it as just soreness. Bill Voth of the team’s official website tweeted a photo of Newton wearing a fingerless glove on his right hand. " November 22

  • Agent’s Take: A look at the quarterbacks who could be available in the offseason

    CBS Sports "Quarterback stability is highly coveted in the NFL because it's a vital ingredient for sustained success. Some of the NFL's most significant transactions occur in an effort to get the position settled. The 49ers made an unexpected move at the October 31 trading deadline by acquiring Jimmy..." November 22

  • President Donald Trump criticizes idea of keeping players in locker room for anthem

    ESPN "President Donald Trump says a reported plan that would keep NFL teams in the locker room during the national anthem next season is "almost as bad as kneeling." Trump tweeted Wednesday morning about the possibility, reported by The Washington Post on Tuesday. According to the Post, some NFL..." November 22

  • Cam Newton shares 2008 police photo to share message of hope

    Sportsnaut "Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is one of the most recognizable sports stars in the world these days, but at one point his life was very much in flux. Reflecting on this as Thanksgiving approaches, Newton took the opportunity Tuesday to share an old police picture of himself after he..." November 21

  • Panthers Designate TE Greg Olsen & WR Damiere Byrd To Return From I.R.

    NFL Trade Rumors "The Carolina Panthers officially designated TE Greg Olsen and WR Damiere Byrd to return from injured reserve on Monday. This officially opens three-week windows of time for the Panthers to add them to their active roster or they’ll spend the duration of the 2017 season on injured..." November 20

  • Roger Goodell To Soon Sign Five-Year, $200M Extension

    Real GM Football "Roger Goodell's contract extension is expected to be completed in December at the owners' meetings. Momentum to delay the deal has dissipated "meaningfully," in the estimation of one league source. Jerry Jones has been attempting to block Goodell's extension." November 20

  • Greg Olsen says he’ll return to practice tomorrow

    Pro Football Talk "FOX hired Panthers tight end Greg Olsen to serve as an analyst for Sunday’s Rams-Vikings game. He started the process by serving as a news breaker. Olsen said during the FOX pregame show that he’ll return to practice on Monday, with an expectation of playing the Jets on Sunday at MetLife..." November 19

  • Daryl Worley fined for unnecessary roughness

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL fined Panthers cornerback Daryl Worley for unnecessary roughness in Monday night’s 45-21 victory over the Dolphins. Worley saw his paycheck docked $9,115. Officials flagged Worley in the second quarter, with the half-the-distance penalty costing his team 2 yards." November 17

  • Players to Goodell: We'd like a jet, lifetime insurance and $50 million, too

    ESPN "ESPN reported Sunday that commissioner Roger Goodell had asked for a salary of $49.5 million a year, lifetime use of a private jet and lifetime health insurance for his family in negotiations for a contract extension. Here’s how NFL players are reacting to Goodell’s reported demands: Oakland..." November 16

  • Greg Olsen: Crazy to think I’ll get unfair advantage from calling a game

    Pro Football Talk "The Vikings have taken issue with Panthers tight end Greg Olsen serving as a broadcaster for Sunday’s game against the Rams because they believe he could take things he learns while on the job and funnel them back to the Panthers to give Carolina an undue advantage for their upcoming game against..." November 15

  • Papa John's tweets apology for being 'divisive' when ripping NFL

    USA Today "A couple weeks after CEO John Schnatter blamed the NFL for sagging pizza sales, Papa John's is trying to tone down the vitriol. Tuesday, the company apologized, said it supports players' protests and denounced neo-nazis, via its Twitter account On the company's earnings call earlier this..." November 15

  • Panthers Rookie WR Curtis Samuel Out For Season

    NFL Trade Rumors "Mike Garafolo of NFL Media is reporting that Panthers rookie WR Curtis Samuel will be shut down for the season with an ankle injury. According to Adam Schefter, Samuel suffered ligament damage to his ankle. All indications have been that Samuel was likely going to miss an extended period of..." November 14

  • Cam Newton becomes fourth quarterback with 4,000 career rushing yards

    Pro Football Talk "When Cam Newton ran through the Dolphins’ defense for a 69-yard gain on Thursday night, it was one of the best runs of his career — and put him in some exclusive company. That run put Newton over 4,000 career rushing yards, making him just the fourth quarterback in NFL history to reach that..." November 14

  • Panthers star claims Devonta Freeman was injured last week

    247 Sports "Devonta Freeman is out of Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys with a concussion, but one NFC South rival seems to think the Falcons running back actually suffered the issue last week. Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis tweeted that he believes Freeman was injured during their game..." November 12

  • NFL: Owners voted unanimously to extend Goodell’s contract in May

    Pro Football Talk "Perhaps the most important point regarding the ongoing effort by Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to block the extension of Commissioner Roger Goodell relates to a decision that all 32 owners made in May, including Jones. “I’d say that, on the issue of extending the Commissioner’s contract that in the..." November 09

  • Greg Olsen to broadcast NFL game during Panthers’ bye week

    Chicago Sun-Times "Panthers tight end Greg Olsen will be working this year during the team’s bye week. For one week only, on Nov. 19, Olson will join Kevin Burkhardt, Charles Davis and Pam Oliver in the broadcast booth, as a guest analyst for the Rams-Vikings game for Fox Sports. “It’s going to be a little..." November 09

  • Roger Goodell “Furious” Over Contract Delay

    Pro Football Rumors "NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is reportedly “furious” over the league’s insistence that he accept a contract that includes performance-based incentives that could still allow him to reach his prior salaries, according to Don Van Natta Jr. and Seth Wickersham of A potential Goodell..." November 09

  • Newton still feeling shoulder pain 'from time to time'

    Pro Football Talk "Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has run the ball 40 times over the last four weeks of the season, which is up from 29 times over the first five weeks of the season but Newton said Wednesday that it isn’t because his surgically repaired right shoulder is feeling better than it was in..." November 08

  • Roger Goodell: NFL fans don’t come to stadiums ‘to be protested to’

    Sportress of Blogitude "NFL commissioner Roger Goodell perhaps made his strongest remarks regarding the league’s national anthem protest controversy by stating, “People come to our stadiums to be entertained and have fun, not to be protested to.” Goodell was a speaker at Bloomberg’s The Year Ahead Summit in New York..." November 08

  • NFL TV numbers decline infecting ESPN's 'Sunday NFL Countdown,' other pregame shows

    Sporting News "Sunday NFL pregame shows are known for their hearty laughter. But there has been little to guffaw about this season. The NFL's TV numbers slide has infected long-running pregame shows on ESPN, NBC Sports and CBS Sports. The hardest hit has been ESPN's "Sunday NFL Countdown" (10 a.m. to 1 p.m...." November 08

  • Bob Costas on the future of football: 'This game destroys people's brains'

    USA Today "As far as longtime sports broadcaster Bob Costas is concerned, the future of football in the United States is clear — and bleak. “The reality is that this game destroys people’s brains," he said Tuesday night. Speaking at a roundtable discussion at the University of Maryland, Costas, who..." November 08

  • No-huddle could help Falcons wear down Panthers

    ESPN "As an offensive lineman, Atlanta Falcons right tackle Ryan Schraeder loves going no-huddle. Schraeder has been around long enough to see how effective it can be, particularly with a quarterback like Matt Ryan running it. "For us, there's a lot of different factors involved," Schraeder said...." November 05

  • NFL owners called for depositions, cellphone records in Colin Kaepernick collusion case

    ESPN "Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Houston Texans owner Bob McNair, among others, will be deposed and asked to turn over all cellphone records and emails in relation to the Colin Kaepernick collusion case against the NFL, a league source told ESPN's Adam..." November 03

  • CBS boss Les Moonves: NFL player protests not affecting advertising

    Sporting News "While Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter is blaming “poor leadership” at the NFL, vis a vis player protests during the national anthem, for a decline in the company’s pizza sales, CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves insists there is no evidence of advertiser erosion during broadcasts of the league’s..." November 03

  • Source: Marty Hurney can run the Panthers through June, but that doesn’t mean he will

    Charlotte Observer "A source told the Observer on Wednesday that Carolina Panthers interim general manager Marty Hurney’s contract runs through June of 2018. That does not mean Hurney will definitely remain in that position until then, however. Hurney will still be instrumental in the search for a new general..." November 02

  • Cam Newton: 'You can't replace' a Kelvin Benjamin "Cam Newton has paired this season's on-field work with some of the more tedious news conferences you'll see all year. Hearing from him on Wednesday made some sense, though, one day after the Panthers quarterback saw his top wideout in Kelvin Benjamin shipped to the Bills in a stunning..." November 02

  • Panthers bringing back Jerry Richardson’s neighbor

    Pro Football Talk "The Panthers said they wanted to add speed to their wide receiver position, but they replaced Kelvin Benjamin with the first guy they could grab. According to Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer, the Panthers are bringing back Brenton Bersin, who has been cut and re-signed five times in six..." November 01

  • Marty Hurney’s interim G.M. gig will last through draft and free agency

    Pro Football Talk "Even though his title is interim General Manager, the 2018 draft picks and salary cap room Marty Hurney acquired for the Panthers yesterday weren’t for someone else to use. PFT has learned that per the teams of Hurney’s deal to return to the Panthers this year, he will remain on the job through..." November 01

  • Newton on Benjamin trade: 'Some things you will never understand'

    SEC Country "Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton’s disappointing season got even worse on Tuesday right before the NFL trade deadline passed. That’s because his offense, already among the bottom third in the NFL, no longer has his favorite weapon. On Tuesday, a surprising deal was announced as the..." November 01

  • Bills reportedly engineer last-second trade for Panthers receiver Kelvin Benjamin

    CBS Sports "The NFL's trade deadline seemingly passed on Tuesday without anything noteworthy going down. Twelve minutes after the 4 p.m. ET deadline, all of that changed. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Panthers traded receiver Kelvin Benjamin to the Bills." October 31

  • James Andrew Miller: Why ESPN Could Abandon NFL Football

    The Hollywood Reporter "It’s not outlandish to entertain a previously unthinkable prospect: Might ESPN elect to go without rights to NFL games? ​In a span of less than five years, industry giant ESPN has seen its narrative transformed from that of a mighty colossus into the hard-luck tale of a ragtag warrior. As it..." October 30

  • Why NFL trade deadline does not produce NBA-, MLB-like blockbuster deals

    Sporting News "Every year as the NFL trade deadline nears, we speculate about player trades. And every year, the trade deadline comes and goes with almost no action. To many, it seems odd that the NFL has not embraced trades the way other leagues have. Bad teams in other sports become sellers, and the trade..." October 30

  • Luke Kuechly still won’t say whether he had a concussion

    Pro Football Talk "Panthers middle linebacker returned to the field Sunday, after missing a week while in the concussion protocol. Whether he actually had a concussion is still unclear. After a report that he did not suffer a concussion two weeks ago against the Eagles, the Panthers immediately came out with a..." October 29

  • Peppers moves into 4th on NFL's all-time sack list

    Sporting News "Julius Peppers is now fourth on the NFL's all-time sacks list. The ageless Panthers defensive end got to Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston Sunday to move past former Vikings defensive end Chris Doleman for fourth place. Peppers was credited with a sack after forcing a fumble that was..." October 29

  • Christian McCaffrey sets Panthers record for most catches by RB, halfway through season

    Sportsnaut "In just his eighth career NFL game, Christian McCaffrey has already done something no other Carolina Panthers running back has accomplished. When he hauled in his fourth pass of the game in the first half, it brought his season total up to 48, which is one more than any other running back in one..." October 29

  • Panthers' Christian McCaffrey: 'Big plays will come' "Kareem Hunt leads the NFL in rushing. Leonard Fournette blasted off on long runs in his last two games, and has carried his offense. Dalvin Cook looked like the heir to Adrian Peterson before suffering an injury. Aaron Jones has taken on the lead role in Green Bay with gashing success. Joe Mixon..." October 28

  • Here’s why you’ll likely see more of Panthers RB Cameron Artis-Payne against the Bucs

    Charlotte Observer "Panthers coach Ron Rivera started the week talking about taking a little off rookie running back Christian McCaffrey’s plate, and ended it by hinting at what one of those changes might look like. Rivera told reporters Friday that seldom-used running back Cameron Artis-Payne could get some..." October 28

  • Kuechly clears concussion protocol, expected to play vs. Bucs

    Charlotte Observer "Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly has cleared the concussion protocol, the team announced Friday, and is expected to play Sunday at Tampa Bay. Kuechly was cleared by an independent neuroconsultant as the final step in the NFL’s protocol. Kuechly was a full participant in practice this..." October 27

  • Steve Smith threatened to whoop Michael Irvin’s ass on TV — and looked damn serious

    Awful Announcing "Many of us have surely made poor choices in pantswear during our lives. Maybe those jeans were too baggy. Those khakis were pleated. Perhaps you’re still planting the flag for cargo shorts during the summer. But don’t make fun of a man’s pants. Or if you must joke, sling your zinger and move..." October 27

  • Luke Kuechly practicing in full pads, as he moves through concussion protocol

    Pro Football Talk "Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly‘s taking another important step today en route to getting back on the field. According to Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer, Kuechly took the practice field in full pads Wednesday, which would put him in the next-to-last phase of the concussion..." October 25

  • Cam Newton abruptly leaves news conference in latest fumble with media

    ESPN "Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton abruptly walked out of his Wednesday news conference after a question about the offense's ability to consistently get yardage in "big chunks.'' Newton paused when asked the question, rolled his eyes and answered with "next question.'' He then exited. He..." October 25

  • Chris Christie calls NFL “hypocrisy” on gambling “overwhelming”

    Pro Football Talk "As the NFL paves the way for putting a team in Las Vegas, it continues to push back against the ongoing effort to pave the way for sports wagering in all 50 states. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, whose state’s effort to launch sports wagering sparked the lawsuit that will be resolved by the..." October 25

  • Panthers sign Roberto Aguayo to practice squad "Roberto Aguayo has resurfaced in the NFC South. The Carolina Panthers signed the embattled kicker to the practice squad Wednesday as Graham Gano deals with some knee soreness. This is the first time we've heard Aguayo's name mentioned in the trades since the end of training camp when he was..." October 25

  • Panthers Working Out Kickers Including Andrew Franks, Roberto Aguayo & Younghoe Koo

    NFL Trade Rumors "Ian Rapoport reports that Panthers K Graham Gano is “working through something” and Carolina is planning to bring in some kicker for workouts including Andrew Franks on Tuesday. Even so, Rapoport adds that Gano is not ruled out for Week 8’s game. Mike Garafolo reports that the Panthers are..." October 24

  • Panthers’ Greg Olsen can resume practicing next week, testing his injured right foot

    Charlotte Observer "The Carolina Panthers will reach the midpoint of the regular season next week – and could have their Pro Bowl tight end back on the practice field. Greg Olsen says he expects to test his surgically repaired foot on the field next week, when he’s eligible to resume practicing after going on..." October 24

  • 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

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