Panthers Rumors & News

  • Mike Tolbert Pays Car Shop $3,900 In Coins

    TMZ "TMZ Sports spoke with Tolbert who says he tried to pay with a check, but the shop said they would only take cash. So, he went to the bank and got the money ... in change. As for the dispute, Tolbert says he NEVER threatened anybody -- but says he firmly believes he was intentionally..." September 28

  • Greg Hardy told police someone slipped cocaine in his wallet

    Larry Brown Sports "Greg Hardy was arrested for possession of cocaine in Texas over the weekend, but the former Dallas Cowboys defensive end claims the drugs were not his. According to a police report obtained by NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth, officers discovered 0.7 grams of cocaine in a wallet in Hardy’s car after a..." September 27

  • Panthers’ first-round pick Vernon Butler to miss several weeks with high ankle sprain

    Charlotte Observer "The Panthers will be without first-round pick Vernon Butler for the next few weeks. An MRI exam on Butler’s right foot Monday confirmed a high-ankle sprain that is expected to sideline the former Louisiana Tech standout for several weeks, according to a league source. Butler was injured..." September 26

  • Panthers want to get Kelvin Benjamin more involved after Sunday shutout

    Pro Football Talk "The Panthers offense had a slew of problems against the Vikings in Sunday’s 22-10 loss that included a silent day from wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin. Benjamin was targeted once and finished the game without a catch, which is a big change for a player who had 13 catches on 21 targets in the..." September 26

  • Cam Newton’s ankle feels good today, after concern on Sunday

    Pro Football Talk "Panthers quarterback Cam Newton appears to have dodged any problem with his ankle. A league source tells PFT that Newton’s ankle feels good this morning after concern following yesterday’s loss to the Vikings that he might have suffered an injury that could cause him to miss time. The..." September 26

  • Vikings pound Panthers, hit 3-0

    The Sports Xchange "CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen found the best get-well medicine. It was a splendid defensive performance full of sacks. That's what the Vikings used in holding the Carolina Panthers scoreless for the final 50 minutes, and quarterback Sam Bradford..." September 25

  • Cam Newton wears pregame shirt with Martin Luther King Jr. quote

    USA Today "Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, who said this week he’s in a “lose-lose” situation if he addresses topics of racial politics, made a statement with his attire on Sunday. When he came out for warmups at Bank of America Stadium before the game against the Minnesota Vikings, Newton was..." September 25

  • Cam Newton passes Steve Young for the most rushing touchdowns by a QB

    Fox Sports "Carolina's Cam Newton doesn’t play quarterback the way most do. That’s because he’s bigger and more athletic than just about every QB in NFL history. Because of that, he makes a living on the ground, running the football with a great deal of success. On Sunday, he etched his name in the record..." September 25

  • No issues for Panthers, Vikings getting to stadium

    Pro Football Talk "Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams doesn’t like being told that he’s old. If he continues his run of early-season success on Sunday, he’ll be hearing it a lot more. With 63 yards rushing against the Eagles, Williams will become the oldest player in NFL history to rush for 300 yards in his..." September 25

  • Protesters hope to block entrances to Panthers' stadium

    ESPN "Police are on high alert for the Carolina Panthers' home game against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday in Charlotte after learning that protesters are planning to block entrances to the stadium, according to sources. A source told ESPN's Michael Eaves that police got word Saturday night that..." September 25

  • Panthers-Vikings game declared 'extraordinary event,' allowing for extra security

    WSOCTV "The Charlotte Interim City manager and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg police declared the Panthers vs. Vikings game an extraordinary event, after days of protests against a deadly officer-involved shooting. An extraordinary event allows for tighter security and bans certain items from being..." September 25

  • Cam Newton girlfriend Kia Proctor pregnant again

    Larry Brown Sports "Cam Newton’s girlfriend Kia Proctor appeared to confirm a report saying she is pregnant by posting photos on Instagram Friday that show off what looks like a baby bump. " September 25

  • After a quiet night in Charlotte, Panthers hope game brings city together

    Black and Blue Review "As sections of their city tremble after consecutive nights of civil unrest, the Carolina Panthers on Thursday vowed to play peacemakers. They won't be locking arms with the peaceful protesters outraged by the police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, nor will they add to the violence that led Gov...." September 23

  • Cam Newton explains his icy postgame staredown with Colin Kaepernick

    CBS Sports "After the Panthers beat the 49ers 46-27 on Sunday, no one was talking about the Panthers' win because all anyone could talk about was what happened after the game. Sometime during the postgame handshake, Cam Newton crossed paths with Colin Kaepernick, who gave the Panthers quarterback what..." September 23

  • Panthers, NFL monitoring Charlotte protests ahead of Week 3 home game

    CBS Sports "The Carolina Panthers and the NFL are monitoring the situation in Charlotte to see if moving the team's game against the Minnesota Vikings, set for 1 p.m. ET on Sunday, is necessary. According to a statement released by the team, they are in contact with the league as well as the police..." September 22

  • Carolina Panthers will play Sunday's game at home amid Charlotte protests

    USA Today "The Carolina Panthers will not be moving Sunday’s home game against the Minnesota Vikings after all. The team was discussing the status of Sunday's game with law enforcement and NFL officials amid the riots that have left the city of Charlotte under a state of emergency, but intend to still..." September 22

  • Cam Newton: “I want to bring unity” after police shooting in Charlotte

    Pro Football Talk "Panthers quarterback Cam Newton continued to try to walk a fine line on matters of race, as violence in the wake of the latest police shooting has gripped his city. Newton spoke about his desire for “accountability,” but said that applied to the black community as well as police officers. And..." September 21

  • Why are NFL ratings plummeting this season?

    Sportsnaut "The National Football League remains the single most watched entity in North American professional sports. It’s not necessarily close. Really, the other three major sports leagues are simply battling for second place. Take the 2015 calendar year as an example of this. According to Sports..." September 21

  • Coaches complained about lack of offensive holding calls in Week One

    Pro Football Talk "Most coaches complain when too many penalties are called. Following Week One of the 2016 regular season, many coaches complained about the absence of one specific type of penalty. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, complaints arose from the absence of holding calls. And for good..." September 21

  • Panthers Lose S Dean Marlowe For Season

    Pro Football Rumors "Two days after aggravating his hamstring, Panthers backup safety Dean Marlowe has landed on IR, as Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer tweets. Marlowe, a product of James Madison, went undrafted in April but hooked on with the Panthers in May. Despite facing long odds at the beginning,..." September 20

  • Panthers Hired a White Guy to Coach Cam Newton on How to Talk About Race

    Black Sports Online "There has definitely been a shift in how Cam Newton has talked about race and how he speaks about everything since the Panther lost in the Super Bowl. It was happening in plain sight and wasn’t being hidden very well. SI has some insight on who is responsible for the change." September 19

  • Jonathan Stewart to miss “at least a week” with hamstring

    Charlotte Observer "The Carolina Panthers will be without their top running back a couple of weeks – and possibly longer. Coach Ron Rivera said Jonathan Stewart would miss “at least a week or two” after injuring his right hamstring Sunday in the first quarter against San Francisco. Stewart underwent an MRI on..." September 19

  • Cam Newton investigation could wrap up this week "Investigations conducted by the NFL and NFL Players Association regarding the handling of Cam Newton following helmet-to-helmet hits in the season opener could be wrapped up this week. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday on GameDay First that the key interviews with Panthers staff,..." September 18

  • Jonathan Stewart questionable to return with hamstring injury

    Pro Football Talk "Jonathan Stewart is integral to the Panthers offense, because they want to run it and not just with Cam Newton. But now, they’re not sure if he’ll be available the rest of the day or not." September 18

  • Benjamin, Newton propel Panthers past 49ers

    The Sports Xchange "CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Remembering what wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin can do was something the Carolina Panthers could appreciate Sunday afternoon. Benjamin, who missed all of the 2015 season following a strong rookie year, was back in form with two touchdown receptions as the Panthers overcame..." September 18

  • Panthers considered Blaine Gabbert for No. 1 pick in 2011

    Charlotte Observer "Before he flamed out in Jacksonville and resurrected his career in San Francisco, 49ers quarterback Blaine Gabbert was on the Carolina Panthers’ radar for the No. 1 overall pick in 2011. Head coach Ron Rivera said the Panthers liked Gabbert. They just liked Cam Newton better. The Panthers..." September 18

  • No timetable for NFLPA investigation of Cam Newton concussion protocol

    Pro Football Talk "The investigation continues regarding whether Panthers quarterback Cam Newton should have been removed from the final drive of the opening-night game for a concussion evaluation. More accurately, the investigations. In response to a report from Ian Rapoport of NFL Media that the process could..." September 18

  • Jonathan Stewart listed as questionable, but he’s going to play

    Pro Football Talk "The Panthers are listing running back Jonathan Stewart as questionable, but only because they have to list him as something. Via Bill Voth of Black and Blue Review, the Panthers listed Stewart that way mainly because there is no probable designation to give him after he was limited in practice..." September 16

  • Ron Rivera still complaining about having to open the season on road

    Black and Blue Review "Q: Will there be a moment prior to this game to honor what you guys did last year? RR: "I hope so, whether it's just through the introduction or what have you. For me, it will be. I'll sit there and I'll listen to our crowd when they introduce our players, listen to them get..." September 16

  • 'Harambe' back in business after temporary jersey ban

    ESPN "Fans who want to customize their favorite team's jersey with "Harambe" on the back can do so once again as of Thursday, after the word mistakenly appeared on a retailer's list of banned words. ESPN has learned that an official with a Major League Baseball team, concerned that fans were..." September 15

  • Pereira says ref didn’t follow proper protocol after hit on Cam Newton

    Pro Football Talk "Former NFL head of officiating Mike Pereira says referee Gene Steratore should have taken matters into his own hands to protect Panthers quarterback Cam Newton during last week’s game against the Broncos. Pereira said this morning on PFT Live that it’s the official’s responsibility to get..." September 15

  • Harambe's legacy not respected by NFL Shop

    Sporting News "There are plenty of names you can't put on the back of jerseys at NFL Shop. BuzzFeed compiled a list of 50, and it includes names such as Ron Mexico (Michael Vick's alias), Carruth (as in Rae Carruth, the NFL player who conspired to murder his pregnant wife), He Hate Me (the popular XFL jersey)..." September 14

  • NFL cites ‘posture’ as reason Cam Newton didn’t get head shot calls

    Larry Brown Sports "The NFL says Cam Newton’s style of play is the reason the Carolina Panthers quarterback seems to get fewer calls than some of his counterparts around the league. In response to criticism over several helmet-to-helmet shots that Newton fell victim to last Thursday against the Denver Broncos, NFL..." September 14

  • Cam Newton says he's focused only on Week 2: 'I gain nothing ... talking about the past'

    ESPN "Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton wasn't in the mood on Wednesday to talk about helmet-to-helmet hits, fines, the concussion protocol or anything that had to do with last week's 21-20 loss to Denver. "We are dwelling on something I don't want to dwell on" the NFL MVP said as he looked..." September 14

  • Cam Newton: I’m not worried about my health, I’m worried about winning

    Pro Football Talk "Cam Newton has heard enough about the hits to his head. Asked by reporters today about the NFL’s investigation into whether he should have been pulled from the game after he was hit in the head multiple times by the Broncos, Newton repeatedly scoffed at the idea that he would be worried about..." September 14

  • Roger Goodell says eliminating kickoffs remains possible if the NFL can’t make them safer

    Washington Post "The NFL has enacted rule changes to try to make the kickoff safer for players. That effort will continue with further safety-related tinkering with the play, according to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. But if such maneuvers fail, the elimination of the kickoff from the sport remains a future..." September 14

  • The NFL's Most Valuable Teams 2016 "Relocation and new stadiums drove NFL team values 19% higher over the past year, to an average of $2.34 billion. The Rams doubled in value, to $2.9 billion, after moving from St. Louis to Los Angeles. The Rams are scheduled to play three seasons at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum before..." September 14

  • Broncos get slap on the wrist for illegal hits, will only get basic fines

    USA Today "Carolina Panthers fans are going to be outraged on this one. The Denver Broncos’ players involved in illegal head shots on Cam Newton are not going to be punished too badly. Both Broncos’ linebacker Brandon Marshall and safety Darian Stewart will not see a suspension and will get standard..." September 14

  • NFL to launch new $100 million concussion initiatives to improve player safety

    Washington Post "The NFL is launching a new set of concussion-related initiatives under which the league will devote $60 million to technological development, aimed in part at improving helmets for players, and an additional $40 million toward funding medical research into the effects of head injuries,..." September 14

  • Gabbert gets the job done, but more needed against Panthers

    San Francisco Chronicle "Blaine Gabbert didn’t have to do much Monday night, but he certainly could have done more. In a season-opening 28-0 win over the Rams, the 49ers’ quarterback opened by bouncing his first pass, a routine screen to wide receiver Torrey Smith, and it foreshadowed some of the off-target attempts to..." September 14

  • Panthers’ Kelvin Benjamin exceeds expectations, but are there enough footballs to go around?

    Charlotte Observer "Funny how football works sometimes. The talk throughout the preseason was getting Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin back to the point where he could play 35 reps or so in the opener. But Benjamin blew past that number and raised another question with his performance against the Broncos:..." September 14

  • Lady Gaga Reportedly in Talks to Perform at Super Bowl 51 Halftime Show

    Complex "Lady Gaga is reportedly in talks to play the Super Bowl 51 halftime show in Houston in February 2017. According to Billboard, the singer could clinch the biggest stage of the year because the NFL was impressed by her performance of The Star-Spangled Banner at the 2016 Super Bowl. The last year..." September 13

  • NFL tabs Sam Rapoport to help open job 'pipeline' for women at team level

    ESPN "The NFL has created a position to address the lack of women in coaching and scouting roles at the team level and named former women's football pro tackle player Sam Rapoport as director of football development. Rapoport's role will be to identify women who are knowledgeable about the game and..." September 13

  • Panthers defend their handling of Cam Newton after repeated headshots

    Black and Blue Review "It’s somewhat ironic that the Carolina Panthers, whose NFL MVP quarterback on Thursday took hit after hit to the head, are now in the crosshairs of the latest NFL investigation. Shortly after the NFL Players Association on Sunday said it was looking into how the Panthers and independent doctors..." September 13

  • Greg Olsen on NFL’s player safety: “You can’t talk out of both sides of your mouth”

    Pro Football Talk "Much of the attention regarding the multiple hits to the head of Panthers quarterback Cam Newton last week has centered on whether the concussion protocol was properly followed. But for Panthers teammate Greg Olsen, the bigger issue is the hypocrisy that four fairly obvious hits to Newton’s..." September 12

  • Donald Trump Wants All NFL Protesters to Leave America

    Black Sports Online "Remember Donald Trump’s campaign slogan is “Make America Great Again”. That means he obviously thinks America isn’t that great at the moment, so it is quite ironic that he wants others who have problems with the country to leave, but not himself. “Well, I think it’s a lack of respect for our..." September 12

  • Panthers' Turner aiming for All-Pro status, reveres Marshal Yanda

    SI "Ray Brown, the Panthers’ offensive line coach, was sitting at home in Charlotte, enjoying the off-season, when his cellphone rang. He saw that the call was from Trai Turner, his 23-year-old right guard. It’s rare for Brown to hear from any of his troops in the off-season, so he wondered: Was..." September 11

  • Debunking the “Cam ducked his head” nonsense

    Pro Football Talk "Thursday night’s shades-of-Bountygate attack on Cam Newton by the Broncos included among other illegal hits a helmet-to-helmet blow initiated by Denver safety Darian Stewart. Since the game ended, a theory has emerged that the hit complied with the rules because Newton ducked his head, setting up..." September 11

  • NFLPA ‘strongly considering’ investigating lack of cognitive exam for Cam Newton

    CBS Sports "The NFL's new concussion-protocol enforcement agreement with the NFLPA was immediately tested on opening night, with the handling of Cam Newton Cam Newton drawing national attention in the first Thursday night game of the season. While the NFLPA is continuing to gather information, sources said..." September 11

  • Derek Wolfe: Refs Let Panthers OL 'Get Away with Murder'

    Bleacher Report "Denver defensive lineman Derek Wolfe got through Thursday night’s season opener despite suffering a stinger and a series of hits to the face that made this the dirtiest game he has ever played in. As he starts his fifth season in the NFL after earning a four-year, $36.7 million contract..." September 11