Panthers Rumors & News

  • 12h
    Steve Reed @SteveReedAP

    Rivera: I am still confident Cam will start vs. Tampa Bay.

  • 12h
    Steve Reed @SteveReedAP

    Panthers worked out WRs Stephen Hill and Kadron Boone but have no immediate plans to sign either. Part of their ready list.

  • 14h
    Adam Caplan @caplannfl

    Former #Jets WR Stephen Hill is working out for the #Panthers today, source confirmed.

  • 14h
    Joe Person @josephperson

    Greg Olsen returns to practice after missing last week following his son's heart surgery.

  • Panthers sign practice squad, including linebacker D.J. Smith

    Pro Football Talk "As part of the expansion of practice squads to 10 players, the league is letting each team bring back two more experienced players. The Panthers are taking full advantage of that, signing a pair of guys with starting experience to the $6,300 a week practice squad. The team announced they had..." August 31

  • Former starting safety Robert Lester among Panthers cuts

    Pro Football Talk "The Panthers cut a pair of former contributors to last year’s No. 2-ranked defense as part of final cuts. Safety Robert Lester, who started last year after making the team as an undrafted rookie was waived, along with cornerback Josh Thomas. In addition to the previously reported guard Chris..." August 30

  • Panthers cut guard Chris Scott

    Pro Football Talk "The Panthers’ offensive line has gone several changes in the offseason due to retirement. On Saturday, the Panthers opted to make a change via termination of employment. Per a league source, guard Chris Scott has been released." August 30

  • Panthers backup QB Anderson injures hand in 10-0 preseason win vs. Steelers

    Charlotte Observer "Carolina Panthers quarterback Derek Anderson's adventures in football and fatherhood began in a delivery room Wednesday evening in Charlotte and ended in a training room at Heinz Field on Thursday night. With starting quarterback Cam Newton on the sideline with cracked ribs, an injury to..." August 29

  • Sleepy Derek Anderson leaves game with hand injury

    Pro Football Talk "Maybe Derek Anderson should have stayed home with the family and gotten some sleep. And maybe the Panthers would have been better off if he had. The Panthers quarterback stayed in Charlotte last night to witness the birth of his daughter, flew to Pittsburgh this morning because they only had..." August 28

  • Cam Newton: I'll start Week 1 "Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said he'll be ready to start Week 1 of the regular season against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers despite fracturing his ribs last week. Newton was injured during Friday night's 30-7 preseason loss at New England. He will not play at Pittsburgh on Thursday..." August 28

  • Harper's return a boost to Panthers struggling secondary

    Fox Sports Carolinas "The lone big-name free agent the Carolina Panthers signed during the offseason will finally play for the first time this preseason against Pittsburgh on Thursday night. And it's none too soon for safety Roman Harper, who has missed nearly all of training camp because of a turf toe injury..." August 28

  • Panthers' Newton (ribs): No doubt for opener "Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, who suffered a hairline fracture to his ribs, said Wednesday he'll be ready to start Week 1 of the regular season against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Newton was injured during Friday night's 30-7 preseason loss at New England. He will not play in Thursday..." August 27

  • Panthers trim roster to 75 "The Panthers placed three players on injured reserve and one on reserve/physically unable to perform to reduce the roster to the 75-man limit on Tuesday. Quarterback Matt Blanchard, tight end D.C. Jefferson and offensive lineman Kevin Matthews were placed on IR. Wide receiver De'Andre Presley..." August 26

  • NFLPA hopeful Sean Gilbert proposes $1M minimum salary, 18 games, other changes

    Yahoo! Sports "Sean Gilbert and DeMaurice Smith need to go at it, town-hall style battle-royale style in a debate. After all, these are the two men who could go head-to-head for the NFLPA executive director spot soon, even if the sitting executive director Smith has no plans of leaving his post. Gilbert, the..." August 26

  • Cam Newton has fractured rib

    SB Nation "Quarterback Cam Newton suffered a hairline fracture in one of his ribs against the New England Patriots, the Carolina Panthers announced on Sunday. Head coach Ron Rivera said Newton will not play in the final preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers but should be available for Week..." August 25

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    Aaron Wilson @RavensInsider

    Panthers cut wide receiver Tiquan Underwood, according to a source

  • Ron Rivera: Cam Newton doing OK "Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton suffered a back contusion late in the second quarter of a 30-7 preseason loss against the New England Patriots on Friday night. Newton underwent X-rays as a precaution, and coach Ron Rivera said they came back negative. After escaping pressure, Newton..." August 23

  • And in the Third Patriots Preseason Game, the Defense Came to Life against Panthers

    Boston Globe "Chandler Jones sacked Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton twice and Rob Ninkovich added a sack as well as the Patriots defense tried to pitch a shutout in their third preseason game, beating the Panthers 30-7. Backup Patriots linebacker Steve Beauharnais picked off Panthers second stringer..." August 23

  • 10d
    Albert Breer @AlbertBreer

    Charles Johnson, Roman Harper, Nate Chandler, Trai Turner, Mike McNeill, Darrin Reeves and Chase Blackburn won't play for Panthers tonite.

  • Carolina Panthers CB Josh Norman can’t let bad decisions drag him down

    Charlotte Observer "When a reporter asked for an interview after a practice this week, Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman smiled and responded with a question of his own: “You’re not going to drag me, are you?” Drag you? “By a leash,” Norman said. “Through the mud.” The dog metaphor was a reference..." August 22

  • The NFL's Most Valuable Teams "Just because the auction of the Buffalo Bills is having a tough time drawing bids above $1 billion two years after the Cleveland Browns sold for $987 million, and just weeks after the National Basketball Association’s Los Angeles Clippers were sold for $2 billion, doesn’t mean the National..." August 20

  • Eagles acquire former Oregon RB Kenjon Barner from Panthers "The Eagles traded for Panthers running back/returner Kenjon Barner, a former Oregon standout who played for coach Chip Kelly. They surrendered a conditional seventh-round pick in 2015. Barner, who is 5-foot-9 and 185 pounds, was a 2013 sixth-round pick. The 25-year old had only six carries and..." August 20

  • Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin expects double coverage from Chiefs

    Charlotte Observer "After catching his first touchdown pass last week against the Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers rookie wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin expects to see more press coverage at the line of scrimmage, and more double coverage in Sunday’s exhibition against the Kansas City Chiefs. Rivera said the..." August 16

  • Carolina Panthers DE Charles Johnson expects to play vs. Chiefs

    Charlotte Observer "When Carolina Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson tweeted he made it through his eighth NFL training camp, his teammates and coaches had some good-natured ribbing for him. “And the guys said, ‘Oh you missed half of it,’” coach Ron Rivera said. Johnson returned to practice Thursday after..." August 15

  • Cam Newton ready to ease back into game action

    Pro Football Talk "The Panthers held Cam Newton back last week to make sure he could protect himself, but they’re going to expose him to the elements gradually this week. Panthers coach Ron Rivera said there wouldn’t be any planned running around for Newton Sunday night against Kansas City, in hopes he doesn’t..." August 15

  • Who should you draft with the No. 1 pick in fantasy football?

    USA Today "LeSean McCoy is in the best position to succeed Tim Heaney, senior fantasy writer: Why blindly pick last year’s top running back at No. 1? Jamaal Charles is a first-rounder, but 12 rushing scores and 70 receptions are hard to repeat, even with Andy Reid running things. After his monumental..." August 13

  • Sidelined Panthers QB Newton not pleased with offense's preseason opener

    Fox Sports Carolinas "With the weather expected to be nasty and still sort of recovering from his offseason ankle surgery, Carolina Panthers star quarterback Cam Newton watched his team's first preseason game in warmups from the sidelines Friday night. Newton sitting against the Buffalo Bills wasn't altogether..." August 12

  • Cam Newton medically cleared "Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has been medically cleared to play in next Sunday night's nationally-televised preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Newton, who did not play in Friday night's 20-18 loss to Buffalo as he continued to rehabilitate the left ankle that underwent..." August 10

  • 22d
    Joe Person @josephperson

    RB Jonathan Stewart is back at practice after missing the first two weeks with a hamstring injury.

  • Kelvin Benjamin making a good first impression for Panthers

    Pro Football Talk "The Panthers don’t have wide receiver Steve Smith to make the big plays, but they found someone to make them. First-round pick Kelvin Benjamin just made a lot of fans in Charlotte with an acrobatic touchdown grab, giving the Panthers hope they have a No. 1 receiver. Benjamin fell down/was..." August 09

  • Blake Bortles solid in debut as Jaguars top Bucs in preseason opener

    Fox Sports "The Jacksonville Jaguars aren't putting pressure on Blake Bortles to win a starting job in training camp. The rookie quarterback was solid in his preseason debut Friday night, throwing for 117 yards and leading a second-half drive for a field goal in a 16-10 victory over the Tampa Bay..." August 09

  • EJ Manuel, Bills edge Panthers in Carolina

    Rochester Democrat and Chronicle "EJ Manuel doesn't seem overly concerned with the Buffalo Bills' struggles putting the ball in the end zone. The Bills defeated the Carolina Panthers 20-18 Friday night in a preseason game, but struggled turning scoring opportunities into points for the second straight game. Buffalo's..." August 09

  • Cam Newton can still feel the “thump” in his ankle

    Pro Football Talk "The Panthers have remained optimistic, but the pain in Cam Newton’s ankle hasn’t gone away just yet, a reminder he’s not quite 100 percent. No one really expects him to play tonight in their opener against the Bills, with coach Ron Rivera saying yesterday he wanted to make sure Newton could..." August 08

  • One of Greg Hardy’s defense witnesses on sidelines at camp

    Pro Football Talk "When Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy talked to the media at training camp following his conviction on assault charges, there was a noticeable lack of remorse, only saying he hated being a distraction to the team, and joking with reporters for supporting him. And rather than distance himself..." August 08

  • When will NFL consider marijuana reform?

    USA Today "The NFL has not yet ruled on what’s next for Cleveland’s Josh Gordon, but the Cleveland Plain-Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot is reporting the Browns are bracing for the star wide receiver to be out eight games. Gordon appealed his positive drug test earlier this week. His appeal is based on the..." August 08

  • 25d
    Alex Marvez @alexmarvez

    "@daverichard: what kind of year do you think Cam has statistically? His rushing has declined every year so far."<expect trend to continue

  • 26d
    Max Henson @PanthersMax

    Rivera expects RB Stewart to play at some point in preseason. If Charles Johnson doesn't practice tomorrow he won't play vs Bills Friday.

  • Carolina Panthers DTs a mix of old and young

    The State "With a pair of second-year players and two guys in their 30s, the Carolina Panthers’ defensive tackle rotation is an equal mix of young and old. Just don’t try telling that to Colin Cole, who despite turning 34 this summer, is not ready to start categorizing himself in the latter..." August 06

  • Panthers can’t commit to Cam Newton playing Friday

    Charlotte Observer "The questions about Cam Newton’s participation in exhibitions are finally coming to fruition days from Carolina’s first game against Buffalo. Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he, the doctors, the training staff and Newton have not sat down to make a plan for Newton’s playing time Friday night, if..." August 06

  • Rivera: No plan yet for Newton's play, if any, against Bills

    Charlotte Observer "Cam Newton’s participation in Friday night’s exhibition against the Bills is still undetermined, and Carolina’s starting quarterback may not play at all. Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he, the doctors, the training staff and Newton have not sat down to make a plan for Newton’s playing time on..." August 05

  • Greg Hardy trial date is Nov. 17 "The jury trial for Carolina Panthers Pro Bowl defensive end Greg Hardy to appeal a judge's guilty verdict for attacking and threatening ex-girlfriend Nicole Holder has been set for Nov. 17. Hardy's attorney, Chris Fialko, told multiple reporters at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse on Monday..." August 04

  • First-rounder Kelvin Benjamin snagging everything nearby

    Charlotte Observer "Kelvin Benjamin is 23 and a rookie and he had only one productive season at Florida State. He’s still learning the playbook, still learning to run routes and still learning when to be fast and when to be patient. But you should have seen him at Carolina’s seventh practice in..." August 04

  • Panthers have a full house on the sidelines Sunday

    Pro Football Talk "Things have been unseasonably cool for the Panthers in Spartanburg, S.C. this summer. But that break hasn’t meant they’re more productive. Via Bill Voth of Black and Blue Review, the Panthers lined up Sunday morning without 14 players, including two of their biggest stars" August 03

  • Kelvin Benjamin returns to practice "Carolina Panthers first-round draft pick Kelvin Benjamin returned to practice on Saturday showing no lingering effects of the bruised knee suffered six days ago. And the 6-foot-5 wide receiver did it with flair, going up and over starting cornerback Melvin White for a catch on the first pass of..." August 02

  • Bersin has legitimate shot to make roster "Carolina Panthers wide receiver Brenton Bersin can be easily found on most days by looking for the long, blond locks flowing from the back of his helmet. He's even easier to find these days on the field. With first-round draft pick Kelvin Benjamin rehabbing a bruised left knee suffered on..." August 01

  • MRI reveals bone bruise for Kelvin Benjamin

    Pro Football Talk "he Panthers were optimistic that wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin would avoid bad news from the MRI on his left knee that was scheduled after Benjamin banged knees with another player during Sunday’s practice. Benjamin didn’t get a totally clear bill of health after his trip into the tube, but the..." July 28

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    Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

    Patriots claimed former Panthers rookie RB Tyler Gaffney on waivers today after Carolina tried to sneak him through waivers and into IR.

  • Carolina Panthers’ Tolbert sheds pounds, retains toughness

    Charlotte Observer "There’s no question Mike Tolbert is well-known around the league for his size. At 5-foot-9 and 250 pounds, Tolbert is a goal-line terror for defenses and a wrecking ball at fullback for the Carolina Panthers. He has nicknames like “Toldozer,” “Fat Boy” and “Tub of Goo.” But after an..." July 28

  • The incredible shrinking Jordan Gross

    Pro Football Talk "Players come to camp every year saying they’re in the best shape of their life. Former Panthers left tackle Jordan Gross clearly means it. According to Adam Morgan of Black and Blue Review, Gross has dropped 70 pounds since retiring this offseason, from 305 down to 235. “I don’t like it...." July 28

  • Panthers optimistic about Kelvin Benjamin’s MRI

    Pro Football Talk "Losing Kelvin Benjamin would be a potential disaster for the Panthers. So the fact they’re not freaking out about his “precautionary MRI” is probably a good sign. Benjamin was sent back to Charlotte for tests after banging knees with a teammate Sunday afternoon. He finished practice and..." July 28