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  • Julius Peppers donates $100K to Hurricane Florence relief, breaks media silence

    ESPN "Carolina Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers broke his silence with the media Friday to announce he's donating $100,000 to support Hurricane Florence relief and recovery efforts in his home state of North Carolina. The Bailey native said his family wasn't hit hard by the..." September 22

  • Panthers plan to up sackless Peppers' snap count

    The Score "Legendary pass-rusher Julius Peppers is in line for a larger role after playing just one-third of the Carolina Panthers' defensive snaps through two weeks. "He needs to play more and he will,'' defensive coordinator Eric Washington said Friday, according to ESPN's..." September 22

  • How much of an impact will DJ Moore have in 2018?

    Cat Scratch Reader "The Panthers selected DJ Moore in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft and their fan base immediately lost its mind. They are finally supporting Cam Newton. He is the next Steve Smith. It has been so long since they drafted a No. 1 receiver. Smitty said on the TV that he has a Ph.D. in route..." September 22

  • Torrey Smith upset NFL fined him for retaliating after hit on Cam Newton

    247 Sports "Late Friday afternoon, Carolina Panthers wide receiver Torrey Smith thought that he had dodged a bullet: Until he read a Twitter report by NFL Network's Ian Rapoport that he had been fined $10,026 by the NFL for his role in a fracas in Week Two. Smith had shoved Atlanta Falcons safety..." September 22

  • NFL fines Damontae Kazee $10,026 for hit on Cam Newton

    247 Sports "Damontae Kazee expected to be fined by the league for his Week 2 hit, and he was right. On Friday, the Atlanta Falcons defensive back was fined $10,026 by the National Football League for the play, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reports. The report also noted..." September 21

  • Panthers Place S Da’Norris Searcy On Injured Reserve

    NFL Trade Rumors "The Carolina Panthers announced Friday that they’ve placed S Da’Norris Searcy on injured reserve after he suffered two concussions in the span of 30 days. Searcy, 29, is a former fourth-round pick of the Bills back in 2011. He played out his rookie contract in..." September 21

  • Panthers' Cam Newton could break an NFL rushing record this week

    Sportsnaut "We seem to take for granted what some of the best quarterbacks in today’s NFL have done. The focus on stats is primarily through a fantasy lens. And in the real world, it’s all about wins and losses for fans. Even then, we’re witnessing some of the most-talented..." September 20

  • When players went on strike for better benefits, Eric Dickerson undermined them

    Pro Football Talk "Eric Dickerson is now speaking out for the idea that Hall of Fame players should be paid $300,000 a year in retirement. But when Dickerson was an active player, supporting the retired players was not his concern. In 1987, the NFL players went on strike, and among the key pieces of..." September 20

  • Panthers’ most eye-popping stat belongs to Cam Newton, Christian McCaffrey and trust

    Charlotte Observer "The most eye-opening statistic from the first two games of this young Carolina Panthers season? It’s not Christian McCaffrey’s mind-boggling 20 receptions, good for second-most in the league, or the team’s NFL-best mark of 5.4 yards per rushing attempt. Rather, it..." September 20

  • Eric Dickerson: NFL should pay each Hall of Famer $300,000 a year

    Pro Football Talk "When Eric Dickerson released a statement calling for an annual salary for Hall of Famers, he didn’t say what that salary should be. But now he has given a dollar amount of $300,000 annually. “If it was up to me, I think every Hall of Famer would get about..." September 19

  • Group of NFL Hall of Famers demands an annual salary and health benefits

    Pro Football Talk "A group of Pro Football Hall of Famers are arguing that every member of the Hall of Fame should be paid an annual salary and given health insurance. In a letter sent to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith, and Pro..." September 18

  • Panthers embracing Cam Newton as a runner

    Pro Football Talk "Remember when the Panthers were intent on making quarterback Cam Newton not a runner? With one game in the books in the Norv Turner era as the team’s offensive coordinator, Newton ran plenty. In all, he had 13 carries for 58 yards against the Cowboys, making him the..." September 16

  • Damontae Kazee Ejected For Late Helmet-To-Helmet Hit On Cam Newton

    Deadspin "A 10-yard fourth-down scramble from Cam Newton led to a brutal head-to-head collision and an ejection for Falcons safety Damontae Kazee in the second quarter of today’s Panthers-Falcons game. Newton slid down at the end of his run and took a straight-on helmet-to-helmet hit from the..." September 16

  • Carolinas can expect major help from David Tepper, Panthers after Hurricane Florence

    Charlotte Observer "From Sandy to Maria, Irma and Harvey, David Tepper has had his share of experience with responding to devastating hurricanes. If history is any indication, the Carolinas can expect a similarly significant response from the new owner of the Carolina Panthers as Hurricane Florence..." September 15

  • Is Greg Olsen’s injury a warning sign for older players thinking about a career in television?

    Awful Announcing "This is a tale of two tight ends – Greg Olsen and Jason Witten. Both have been Pro Bowlers with lengthy, distinguished careers in the NFL. Both were highly sought after by television networks with NFL broadcast rights this offseason. Specifically, both were involved in the search for..." September 14

  • New Panthers owner David Tepper encouraging coaches to embrace analytics

    Pro Football Talk "New Panthers owner David Tepper has told his coaching staff he wants a forward-thinking approach to the game, which includes a focus on analytics. Tepper noted that the Panthers called more passes on first down in Week One than they typically did in past years, and he said analytics..." September 14

  • Panthers not altering plans despite Hurricane Florence "The Carolina Panthers aren't changing their plans due to Hurricane Florence. Coach Ron Rivera told reporters on Thursday the Panthers plan to practice in Charlotte on Friday. Rivera added the team is still monitoring contingencies. If something were to change drastically..." September 13

  • Alabama had an NFL-high 44 players on Week One rosters

    Pro Football Talk "Alabama has been the top program in college football in recent years, so it’s unsurprising that the Crimson Tide have put more players into the NFL than any other college team. Alabama had 44 players on Week One rosters, the most of any college. After Alabama were a..." September 13

  • Panthers Sign OT Chris Clark

    Pro Football Rumors "The Panthers are bringing in some offensive line help, signing tackle Chris Clark according to Jourdan Rodrigue of the Charlotte Observer (Twitter link). The move is in response to Carolina placing starting right tackle Daryl Williams on injured reserve...." September 12

  • Panthers TE Greg Olsen Plans To “Rest A Few Weeks” And Play Rest Of Season

    NFL Trade Rumors "Adam Schefter reports that Panthers TE Greg Olsen plans to rest his fractured foot for “a few weeks and play the rest of the season.” Schefter added that Olsen is “optimistic” he will not require any more surgeries at least until..." September 12

  • Panthers RT Daryl Williams Undergoing Knee Surgery

    NFL Trade Rumors "The Carolina Panthers announced Tuesday that RT Daryl Williams will undergo knee surgery after re-injuring his knee last weekend. “Daryl injured his right knee when a Cowboys player fell into the side of his knee. After evaluation, it is team physician Dr. Pat..." September 11

  • Greg Olsen expected to miss significant time

    Pro Football Talk "The Panthers haven’t elaborated on the condition of tight end Greg Olsen, but the fact he watched the end of Sunday’s game on crutches while wearing a walking boot suggested the news wasn’t good. According to Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network, the perennial Pro..." September 11

  • One helmet rule penalty was called through 14 games "The offseason angst over the revised helmet-to-helmet hitting policy slowed to a sputter as real games began. Through 14 regular season games -- with two Monday night tilts to be played -- referees penalized one player for a use of helmet foul, per league..." September 10

  • Panthers coach mum on injuries to TE Olsen, RT Williams

    Charlotte Observer "Panthers coach Ron Rivera offered no immediate updates on the injuries to three-time Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen and second-team All-Pro right tackle Daryl Williams the day after were sidelined. Carolina hopes to know more later Monday. While the Panthers opened the..." September 10

  • Cam Newton, Norv Turner getting along just fine in Carolina

    SI "Hey baby. I’m gonna let you be you now, baby. These were Norv Turner’s words to Cam Newton according to Newton in his postgame press conference on Sunday night. Newton cocked his head back, closed his eyes and did his best West Coast-Cool imitation of..." September 10

  • Panthers LB Luke Kuechly Has Hyperextended Knee, But Expected To Be Fine

    NFL Trade Rumors "Albert Breer reports that Panthers LB Luke Kuechly suffered a hyperextended knee during the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game against the Cowboys, but he’s expected to be fine moving forward. Kuechly was able to walk off the field, but was clearly favoring his..." September 10

  • Greg Olsen expected to play Sunday

    Pro Football Talk "The Panthers made tight end Greg Olsen a late addition to their injury report when they listed him as questionable on Saturday. A back issue led to Olsen’s spot on the report, but it does not look like it will keep him from facing the Cowboys. According to multiple reports,..." September 09

  • Greg Olsen out with foot injury

    Pro Football Talk "The good news for the Panthers is they are dominating the Cowboys and lead 7-0 on a 4-yard Cam Newton touchdown run. The bad news is they have lost Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen for the game. Olsen will not return because of a foot injury. It is unknown whether it is the..." September 09

  • Panthers add Greg Olsen to injury report

    Pro Football Talk "The Panthers have updated their injury report to include one of the biggest names on the roster. Tight end Greg Olsen has a back injury. He’s officially listed as questionable. Olsen previously did not appear on the injury report. He joins guard Amini Silatolu (knee),..." September 08

  • Trump continues crusade against Nike amid ‘Just Do It’ campaign

    New York Post "President Trump on Friday morning took a swipe at Nike, which aired its highly anticipated ad featuring Colin Kaepernick during the NFL season opener the night before. “What was Nike thinking?” the president wondered on Twitter shortly before 7..." September 07

  • Why is Panthers’ Cam Newton so happy? When he looks behind curtain, he sees potential

    Charlotte Observer "Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was grinning at the podium in Bank of America Stadium on Wednesday afternoon. He and Captain Munnerlyn, the team’s 30-year-old nickel cornerback, have found themselves engaged in a wager this preseason that began during training..." September 06

  • Connor Cook visits Carolina

    Pro Football Talk "Free agent quarterback Connor Cook visited Carolina on Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. That followed his visit to the the Jets on Tuesday. The Raiders cut Cook over the weekend after trading for A.J. McCarron. " September 05

  • NFL projected to make more than $2 billion a year from legalized gambling

    Larry Brown Sports "The NFL has long been resistant to the idea of legalized sports wagering — at least when making statements in public. But privately, team owners and league executives must be licking their chops. ESPN’s Darren Rovell on Wednesday shared some of the results of a poll..." September 05

  • Report: Panthers' Curtis Samuel has minor procedure to fix irregular heartbeat, likely out for Week 1

    CBS Sports "The Carolina Panthers are likely going to be down one of their up-and-coming playmakers when they open up the season against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, second-year wideout Curtis Samuel probably won't..." September 05

  • Panthers getting some linemen back on the practice field

    Pro Football Talk "The Panthers may not know at the moment what their offensive line is going to look like Sunday. But they at least have more options than anticipated. Via reporters at practice, right tackle Daryl Williams is practicing in full pads today, as is left guard Amini..." September 04

  • Daryl Williams returns to practice with Panthers

    Pro Football Rumors "An offensive line that already lost a first-team All-Pro this offseason became beleaguered by injuries in training camp. Andrew Norwell left the Panthers for the Jaguars, and Carolina then lost Daryl Williams, Amini Silatolu and Matt Kalil to injuries. However,..." September 04

  • With Matt Kalil out, it’s not what should Panthers do at OT, but what they shouldn’t

    Charlotte Observer "Tread carefully, here, Carolina. Tread as carefully as a big man with a knee injury. The Panthers’ starting left tackle, Matt Kalil, was placed on injured reserve on Sunday afternoon. Because he remained on the active roster past 4 p.m., he is eligible to return in eight..." September 03

  • Panthers cut QB Garrett Gilbert to keep three injured OL, sixth receiver

    ESPN "The Carolina Panthers cut 20 players and traded for one on Saturday and released 17 more on Friday, getting their roster to the NFL-mandated 53 players. The Panthers also placed outside linebacker Thomas Davis on the suspended list for the first four games. Here's a closer look at..." September 02

  • Efe Obada goes from streets of London to Panthers 53-man roster

    Pro Football Talk "Cutdown day is a bruising one for the dreams of more than a thousand players who find out that their hopes of making a team have been dashed. There are a lot of happy moments as well, including the news that defensive end Efe Obada survived Saturday’s cuts to make the Panthers..." September 02

  • Daryl Williams returns to practice for Panthers

    Pro Football Talk "After Panthers right tackle Daryl Williams tore his MCL and dislocated his kneecap in late July, the expectation was that he’d miss a fair amount of regular season time. Williams remains on the 53-man roster in Carolina, however, and the team hasn’t ruled him out of..." September 02

  • Panthers put Matt Kalil on injured reserve

    Pro Football Talk "The Panthers got right tackle Daryl Williams back at practice on Sunday, but they won’t have left tackle Matt Kalil on the field for a while. Kalil had his knee scoped recently and General Manager Marty Hurney announced on Sunday that he will be placed on injured reserve. Hurney..." September 02

  • Panthers save over $5 million in cap space by changing Luke Kuechly's contract

    USA Today "The Carolina Panthers saved a bunch of cap space today by re-structuring the contract of middle linebacker Luke Kuechly. According to a report by Field Yates at ESPN, they’ll get $5.1 million more in cap room for 2018 by converting $6.8 million of Kuechly’s money into a..." September 02

  • Report: NFL anthem talks likely to extend into regular season

    The Score "The 2018 NFL season is a week away, and the league is still trying to resolve issues surrounding its anthem policy. There's been little movement in negotiations between the NFL and NFLPA, and discussions are expected to continue into the season, sources told Mark Maske of the..." August 31

  • Big year for Panthers LB Shaq Thompson? How, and why, he’s speaking it into existence

    Charlotte Observer "We see one side. We see the leaping, one-handed, seemingly impossible interceptions, the full-speed blitzes through mounds of bodies, even the routine calls on the field, the diagnosing and dissecting of plays at practice – we’re witness to it all. And yet, that..." August 30

  • NFLPA is still opposed to 18-game season

    Pro Football Talk "At a time when the NFL power structure has been wisely coy (if not outright silent) regarding its simmering desire to expand the regular season from 16 games to 18, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has jerked the cat out of the bag (probably not a commonly used expression in the oil and gas..." August 29

  • NFL fears that Jerry Richardson’s situation is “tip of the iceberg”

    Pro Football Talk "Earning a statue doesn’t necessarily accelerate the expiration of statutes of limitations. When news first emerged regarding the settlement agreements that sparked the unforced-forced sale of the Panthers by team founder Jerry Richardson, two questions emerged as it..." August 28

  • NFL tells Thomas Davis he cannot attend games while suspended

    247 Sports "Suspended for the first four games of the NFL season, Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davismade the decision to at least make the best of a bad situation by using his PSLs to attend the Panthers' first games of the season at Bank of America Stadium. But, ever stingy as they are,..." August 28

  • Julius Peppers returns to practice for Panthers

    247 Sports "There isn't much that the Carolina Panthers have needed to see this preseason out of defensive end Julius Peppers. At fourth all-time on the NFL's sacks list and an NFL veteran since 2002, the Panthers know what the future Hall of Famer is all about. Still, Monday's..." August 27

  • Players, NFL reps to discuss anthem policy today "A group of players and NFL Players Association representatives will meet Monday with a few team owners and NFL representatives to discuss the league's national anthem policy, a source involved with the situation told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. The meeting comes amidst the..." August 27

  • Cam Newton suffers black eye, then offers funny quote about his head-first tumble

    Sportsnaut "Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is lucky he escaped Friday night’s game against the New England Patriots with only a black eye. Newton took a scary-looking tumble during the first quarter of the game when he tried to run for a first down. He ended up getting hit low,..." August 25