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  • Carolina Panthers consider resting Cam Newton for 2019 season

    Sky Sports "Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper has not ruled out the possibility that quarterback Cam Newton might miss the 2019 season as he recovers from a right shoulder injury. Tepper updated reporters at the Bank of America Stadium on Tuesday about the state of the Panthers, who finished..." January 16

  • The Panthers have hired Perry Fewell as secondary coach

    Cat Scratch Reader "The Carolina Panthers have hired former Jacksonville Jaguars secondary coach Perry Fewell to the same position on Ron Rivera’s staff, the team announced today. Fewell brings over a decade of experience as a secondary coach with him to Charlotte. His most..." January 15

  • Panthers owner: 'No idea' if Newton will require offseason surgery

    Sportsnaut "Cam Newton sat out the final two games of the 2018 season with an injury to his throwing shoulder and the Carolina Panthers don’t know if he needs surgery. Owner David Tepper told reporters Tuesday he has “no idea” if surgery will be required. The big picture: This..." January 15

  • David Tepper walks fine line on Eric Reid allegations

    Pro Football Talk "Panthers owner David Tepper gave Eric Reid a job when no other team was willing to. And with the Panthers safety accusing the league (and by extension, the NFLPA) for singling him out for excessive random drug tests, his boss tried to navigate carefully around questions about his..." January 15

  • Leighton Vander Esch will replace Luke Kuechly in Pro Bowl "The rookie season for linebacker Leighton Vander Esch just got a little better. The Cowboys’ first-round pick has been named to the 2019 Pro Bowl roster, replacing Carolina’s Luke Kuechly, who is not playing because of an injury. Vander Esch, who set the..." January 15

  • Somebody is lying about Eric Reid's drug testing, and this is only going to get uglier

    New York Daily News "Somebody is lying. We just don’t know who it is…yet. On one side there’s the NFL and the National Football League Players Association, and on the other sits Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid and his legal team. On Wednesday morning, the NFL and..." January 11

  • Making sense of why the Carolina Panthers will not re-sign Thomas Davis

    Cat Scratch Reader "There’s a very wide spectrum of emotions flying around as various fans and media outlets process the report that Thomas Davis will not be re-signed by the Carolina Panthers for the 2019 season. Understandings of the reasons are as diverse as the flakes of a cold winter snowfall, but..." January 11

  • NFL's continued lack of diversity in coaching hires is shameful

    USA Today "There’s always an excuse. Jim Caldwell is too boring. Marvin Lewis can’t make in-game adjustments. Vance Joseph wasn’t aggressive enough. Hue Jackson is a fake. Steve Wilks just wasn’t the right fit. Or … something. Rather than..." January 11

  • Chuck Pagano Interviewing With Panthers Thursday

    NFL Trade Rumors "According to Pro Football Talk, former Colts coach Chuck Pagano is interviewing with the Panthers for a defensive coordinator job. Earlier in the day, Albert Breer mentioned that Pagano is also in the mix for the Jets’ defensive coordinator job..." January 10

  • Panthers Inform Veteran LB Thomas Davis They’re Moving On

    NFL Trade Rumors "Panthers veteran LB Thomas Davis announced via Twitter that the team has informed him that they plan to move on from him this offseason. Davis, 35, is a former first-round pick of the Panthers back in 2005. He was in the final year of his three-year, $18 million..." January 09

  • Report: Eric Reid Lied About How Many Times He Was Drug Tested By NFL

    Total Pro Sports "This is not a good look. After being signed by the Carolina Panthers at the end of September and it didn’t take long for controversy to kick off as Reid began to speak about the many drug tests he had received so far during his short time in Carolina. On Wednesday, the..." January 09

  • NFL, NFLPA issue joint response to Eric Reid’s drug testing allegation

    Larry Brown Sports "Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid felt he was targeted by the NFL for random drug testing that was not truly random during the regular season, but it does not appear his complaint is going to get him anywhere. Back in November, Reid revealed that he had been selected for random drug..." January 09

  • All-Pro Team: Donald, Mahomes among highlights "Defensive tackle Aaron Donald remains in the running for the NFL's MVP award, but he can now add another accomplishment to his decorated career. Donald, who led the league in sacks with 20.5, was the only unanimous choice to garner first-team All-Pro honors in voting by..." January 04

  • Jared Allen forms curling team with other ex-NFL players, eyeing 2022 Olympics

    Larry Brown Sports "Jared Allen may no longer be giving NFL quarterbacks nightmares with his rare pass-rushing ability, but the former defensive end has found a new sport and is looking to once again compete at the highest level. Allen and three other former NFL players — quarterback Marc Bulger,..." January 04

  • Taylor Heinicke recovering from surgery

    247 Sports "With no more football on the horizon for the Carolina Panthers, their players can now pursue something necessary, but somewhat unpleasant: Post-season surgery. Some players, such as backup quarterback Taylor Heinicke, have needed the opportunity to go under the knife more than others. And..." January 03

  • 40 of 50 most-watched sporting events in 2018 were NFL games

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL dominated the American sports television landscape in 2018. Of the 50 most-watched sporting events in 2018, 40 were NFL games, according to Sports Media Watch. That includes the seven most-watched events of the year: The Super Bowl, the two conference..." January 03

  • On a Sunday full of what-ifs, long-awaited Panthers victory is happy if unfulfilling

    Charlotte Observer "Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse for the Carolina Panthers in 2018 – well, it didn’t. Instead, the Panthers ended a bitter season on a sweet note Sunday, whipping the New Orleans Saints 33-14. So Carolina finished 7-9, avoided an eight-game losing..." January 01

  • Free agent Thomas Davis: ‘I want to be confident that I’m going to be a Panther.’

    Charlotte Observer "Thomas Davis began his NFL career in Carolina in 2005 and he has made it abundantly clear that’s where he’d like to finish it. No mind tricks. No verbal gymnastics. No poker-faced negotiations. He’s 35 years old, and the only game he wants to play is the..." January 01

  • Panthers tell Ron Rivera he will return as head coach in 2019, report says

    Sporting News "Ron Rivera will return as the Panthers coach despite a disappointing season. Rivera was told that he'll remain at the helm of a Carolina team that finished 7-9 and missed the playoffs for the second consecutive year, according to a report from, which cited an..." December 31

  • Panthers sit Devin Funchess for Week 17

    Pro Football Talk "The expectation is that wide receiver Devin Funchess will be moving on from Carolina this offseason and the parting got off to an early start on Sunday. Funchess is a healthy scratch for the Panthers for their Week 17 matchup against the Saints. It’s the second game he’ll..." December 30

  • Panthers owner David Tepper doesn't intend to fire Ron Rivera, but will request more staff changes

    CBS Sports "After seriously considering the need to replace his head coach through the season and seeking outside counsel on the matter, Panthers owner David Tepper does not intend to fire Ron Rivera after the season, league sources said. However, the first-year owner, who already pushed for the..." December 30

  • Rivera ‘concerned’ entering Panthers’ season finale as 2 OLs miss practice

    Charlotte Observer "The events leading up to Sunday’s regular-season finale between the Carolina Panthers and the New Orleans Saints have the game feeling more like Week 4 of the preseason. You’ll probably see more backups than usual with both teams’ postseason fate sealed, but as the..." December 28

  • Trai Turner and Kawann Short out for the Panthers

    Pro Football Talk "The Panthers are down to their Plan C at quarterback, and the line they put in front of him won’t be what you’d call star-studded either. The Panthers rule Pro Bowl guard Trai Turner out for the finale against the Saints JVs, along with defensive tackle Kawann Short and oh..." December 28

  • Devin Funchess is this week’s NFLPA Community MVP

    Pro Football Talk "It hasn’t been a good year on the field for Panthers wide receiver Devin Funchess, but that hasn’t stopped him from doing some good things off the field. Funchess organized a weekend of community events in Charlotte that included a cooking competition that honored local..." December 28

  • Panthers place Kenjon Barner on IR, promote Dorian Johnson

    Pro Football Talk "The Panthers announced they placed running back Kenjon Barner on injured reserve Friday. Barner has a knee injury that would have kept him out Sunday. Receiver DJ Moore and running back Travaris Cadet are candidates to take over Barner’s return duties against the Saints. " December 28

  • Ron Rivera feels 'pretty good' about returning as Panthers coach

    ESPN "Ron Rivera anticipates being back for a ninth year as the head coach of the Carolina Panthers, despite missing the playoffs for the second time in three seasons. "I feel pretty good about it," Rivera said Friday when asked about his future with the team. "My intention,..." December 28

  • Panthers Pro Bowler Ryan Kalil seems to announce retirement

    Yardbarker "As the Carolina Panthers finish up shop in what has been a lost season for the organization, we’re going to see some dramatic changes this coming offseason. That’s what happens when a team loses seven consecutive games after a 6-2 start to the campaign. Among those players..." December 27

  • Panthers Place Taylor Heinicke On IR

    Pro Football Rumors "The Panthers have a new quarterback. On Wednesday, Carolina placed Taylor Heinicke on injured reserve and signed Garrett Gilbert to replace him.  Heinicke took over as the starting QB after Cam Newton was shut down due to a shoulder injury. Then, on Sunday against the..." December 26

  • Panthers confirm Kyle Allen will start on Sunday

    The Advocate "The Carolina Panthers, playing without regular starter Cam Newton, are expecting to lean on rookie Kyle Allen on Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. ESPN's Adam Schefter was the first to report the news Wednesday. Allen, 22, made his NFL debut last week against..." December 26

  • Greg Olsen: I know I can still play, but “many factors” to where he’ll be in 2019 "Around the NFL       Greg Olsen hopeful to keep playing after surgery Print By Grant Gordon Published: Dec. 26, 2018 at 03:00 p.m. Updated: Dec. 26, 2018 at 03:09 p.m. To the surprise of many,..." December 26

  • Panthers Exploring Deal With Eric Reid

    Pro Football Rumors "It took Eric Reid a long time to land a deal in 2018. The sixth-year safety may have a clearer path toward landing one for next season. The Panthers have contacted Reid’s agent about the prospects of another deal for 2019, David Newton of notes. Reid signed a one-year..." December 26

  • Another week, another new starting quarterback for Carolina Panthers

    Charlotte Observer "The Carolina Panthers placed quarterback Taylor Heinicke, their Week 16 starter, on injured reserve on Wednesday morning. Carolina signed quarterback Garrett Gilbert as the corresponding move, in sore need of depth at the position. Heinicke beat out Gilbert for the backup job in..." December 26

  • Christian McCaffrey joins exclusive 1,000-yard rushing, 100-catch season club

    USA Today "Christian McCaffrey is having a spectacular season in spite of the skidding Carolina Panthers. The second-year running back out of Stanford cleared Early in the NFC South clash, he went over the 1,000-yard mark for the season rushing. Then, McCaffrey caught his..." December 23

  • Panthers' Christian McCaffrey sets RB catch record with 103

    ABC 11 "The Carolina Panthers may be having a down season, but Christian McCaffrey is having a record-breaking one. The eighth pick of the 2017 draft on Sunday broke the NFL's single-season receiving record for a running back in Carolina's NFC South game against the Atlanta..." December 23

  • Taylor Heinicke injured after low hit by Grady Jarrett

    247 Sports "Already missing Cam Newton, the Carolina Panthers couldn't afford for something to happen to their backup and Week 16 starter in Taylor Heinicke. However, in the second quarter of the Panthers' game against the Atlanta Falcons, the Panthers' quarterback situation has just become..." December 23

  • Cam Newton will not require offseason shoulder surgery

    Sportsnaut "Cam Newton has been shut down by the Carolina Panthers for the final two weeks of the season due to a shoulder injury that’s been plaguing him most of the season. However, the injury reportedly will not require offseason surgery, per ESPN’s Chris..." December 23

  • Replacing Cam Newton only a small part of Taylor Heinicke's NFL journey

    ESPN "Taylor Heinicke's mom screamed in the phone Tuesday when he called to say he was making his first NFL start Sunday when the Carolina Panthers face his hometown Atlanta Falcons (1 p.m. ET, Fox). The 25-year-old quarterback could hear his stepfather "going crazy" in the..." December 23

  • Jaguars, Panthers expected to keep their head coaches for 2019 "With just two games left in the regular season, many teams guaranteed to miss the playoffs have accepted their fate. They are mathematically eliminated and have their eyes on next season, while weighing what will change. For at least two 2017 playoff participants that are set to miss..." December 23

  • Falcons DC on stopping new Panthers quarterback Taylor Heinicke

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The assignment changed for Falcons defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel when the Panthers announced Wednesday that Taylor Heinicke will start at quarterback in place of Cam Newton. The Falcons (5-9) are set to play the Panthers (6-8) at 1 p.m. Sunday at Bank of America Stadium in..." December 21

  • Injuries are piling up for Panthers as a key defender moves to injured reserve

    Charlotte Observer "The Carolina Panthers will be shorthanded on both sides of the ball Sunday when they host the Atlanta Falcons. The team announced Thursday it has placed linebacker Shaq Thompson on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. According to the team website, Thompson, a fourth-year player..." December 21

  • Eric Reid has another legitimate gripe with NFL, this time over $20K fine

    Sportsnaut "Just days after Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid communicated his continued frustration about a seventh supposedly “random” drug test in 11 weeks, he has another legitimate gripe with the league’s front office. On Friday, Reid tweeted out a video of a play he says..." December 21

  • Cam Newton out

    Cat Scratch Reader "The Panthers held their final practice ahead of Sunday’s game against the Falcons indoors at the Charlotte Convention Center due to the weather, so it was mostly a glorified walkthrough. However, that doesn’t mean they can skate around the NFL’s strict rules about..." December 21

  • Thomas Davis unsure of future with Panthers "Linebacker Thomas Davis has made it clear he wants to keep playing beyond 2018. Head coach Ron Rivera believes Davis has “high quality” football left in him. But he’s only under contract through 2018. Hence the reason why he was fielding questions..." December 21

  • Shaq Thompson placed on Injured Reserve with shoulder injury

    247 Sports "After the Carolina Panthers suffered a spate of injuries in the preseason and at the very start of the regular season, it looked as though the Panthers were going to be alright health-wise by midseason. But with the season now drawing to a close, it seems as though the sort of injuries that..." December 20

  • Panthers' Ron Rivera says Eric Reid should buy a lottery ticket after 7th drug test

    Sporting News "After the Panthers lost to the Saints on Monday, Carolina safety Eric Reid took to Twitter to share a note from the NFL. It said Reid had been "randomly selected by the NFL drug testing program's Medical Advisor to complete a ... test today." This was..." December 20

  • Panthers Place K Graham Gano On IR, Promote TE Jason Vander Laan

    NFL Trade Rumors "The Carolina Panthers announced Wednesday that they’ve placed kicker Graham Gano on injured reserve and promoted TE Jason Vander Laan. This means that the Panthers will finish out the season with Chandler Catanzaro as their kicker. Gano,..." December 19

  • Christian McCaffrey on Pro Bowl snub: ‘Nothing new’

    Sportsnaut "The NFL Pro Bowl has become pretty much the most irrelevant exhibition game in the sports world. In no way does this mean that players don’t take it personally when they are snubbed. This appears to be the case with stud second-year Carolina Panthers running back Christian..." December 19

  • Cam Newton to sit out Panthers' final two games with shoulder injury

    ESPN "The Carolina Panthers are shutting down quarterback Cam Newton for the rest of the season because of a right shoulder injury, a league source confirmed. Also contributing to the decision is the Panthers' six-game losing streak and near elimination from playoff..." December 19

  • NFL reveals rosters for 2019 Pro Bowl in Orlando "Patrick Mahomes' MVP-caliber season is getting the Pro Bowl treatment. The Kansas City Chiefs' second-year wunderkind is among the starters for the 2019 Pro Bowl in Orlando, Florida. Mahomes leads a contingent of six Pro Bowl selections for..." December 19

  • Ron Rivera barks at reporter for ‘stupid’ question about future

    Sportsnaut "Ron Rivera has led the Carolina Panthers to a 6-8 record this season, and including Monday night’s disaster the team has lost its last six games in a row. With that in mind, it’s not surprising the head coach was testy on Tuesday morning at the podium speaking with..." December 18