Panthers Rumors & News

  • 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

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    Joe Person @josephperson

    Ron Rivera said a half hour ago CB De'Quan Menzie has retired. This would seem to confirm it. RT @menzie24 Officially done....

  • Panthers sign safety Tom Nelson

    Pro Football Talk "The Panthers added some veteran safety depth on Sunday, signing third-year pro Tom Nelson, the club said. The move gives the Panthers six healthy safeties. A seventh safety, rookie Tre Boston, is on the active/physically unable to perform list." July 27

  • Greg Hardy hates that he’s been a “distraction”

    Pro Football Talk "Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy spoke for the first time since being convicted of assaulting his former girlfriend, but didn’t have much to say. According to Bill Voth of Black and Blue Review, Hardy’s brief talk was arranged by the team’s PR staff, which told reporters he couldn’t talk about..." July 27

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    The #Panthers signed RB/KR Fozzy Whittaker to replace injured RB Tyler Gaffney. Former Cleveland Brown

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    Steve Reed @SteveReedAP

    Former Panthers OL Travelle Wharton will announce his retirement Tuesday in Spartanburg. "It's time," Wharton. "I just had to admit it."

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    Steve Reed @SteveReedAP

    Rivera said Tyler Gaffney did not tear his ACL, which is a positive. But he's still done for the year.

  • Cam Newton: 'I can't stress enough that I'm not 100 percent yet'

    CBSSports.com "Good news: Quarterback Cam Newton's surgically repaired ankle is getting better. Bad news (temporarily, anyway): He's not completely healthy and he wants to make that clear as the Panthers begin training camp. ''I can't stress enough that I'm not 100 percent yet,'' Newton said, according to..." July 26

  • Greg Olsen: Panthers “kind of tired” of hearing they don’t have any receivers

    Charlotte Observer "Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen was zipping through channels on his way to Bank of America Stadium on Tuesday when he came upon a conversation about the NFC South on ESPN Radio’s “Mike & Mike” show. Discussing the Panthers, hosts Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic wondered aloud who..." July 24

  • Panthers following NFL’s lead on Greg Hardy punishment

    Pro Football Talk "It’s a banner day for women everywhere around the NFL. After Ray Rice’s two-game suspension for knocking his wife unconscious (Hey, she apologized), it now appears the league’s other star abuser of women is going to continue to make his full $13 million this year. According to Bill Voth of..." July 24

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    Carolina Panthers @Panthers

    Gettleman says OL Edmund Kugbila will have back surgery in August and will be out for the season.

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    Brad Evans @YahooNoise

    Jonathan Stewart is already hurt. Hamstrung for next couple weeks. In other news, Nickelback still sucks.

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    Joe Person @josephperson

    Gettleman: Cam Newton has been fully cleared.

  • NFL in LA? It could happen sooner than you think

    Sporting News "At long last, after a 19-year absence, the NFL is ready to return to Los Angeles. It's no longer a matter of if, but when. Expect the NFL to announce a return to America's entertainment capital and the second-biggest market in the next 12 months, with one or two teams debuting in Los Angeles no..." July 24

  • Panthers sign center Fernando Velasco

    Pro Football Talk "The Panthers have huge questions at offensive tackle entering training camp, but they added a little depth in the middle of the line Wednesday. Via Bill Voth of Black and Blue Review, the Panthers have signed center Fernando Velasco. Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson sent out a photo of..." July 23

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    Andrew Baggarly @CSNBaggs

    Giants growing more concerned about Belt, who is still not feeling much better and was sent back to hotel. Team will do more tests in SF.

  • Panthers' Cam Newton still limited in mobility

    NFL.com "Cam Newton's recovery from ankle surgery has gone well by all accounts. With training camp starting this week, we'll get to see how close he is to Full Newton. The Charlotte Observer notes that Newton was throwing to receivers last week in Greensboro, North Carolina, but he was limited in his..." July 20

  • Panthers coach Ron Rivera emphasizes power of education to scholarship winners

    Raleigh News & Observer "At a celebratory dinner Friday evening, Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera encouraged college-bound children of undocumented immigrants to take advantage of their education. “A lot of people tell you, ‘No, you can’t,’ ” Rivera said to the scholars. “I’m here to tell you, ‘Yes, you can.’..." July 19

  • Panthers Greg Hardy guilty of assaulting female, communicating threats

    Charlotte Observer "Carolina Panther Greg Hardy was found guilty Tuesday night of assaulting his former girlfriend and threatening to kill her. Attorneys for the 25-year-old Pro Bowl defensive end announced an immediate appeal. That means Hardy will have a second day in court, this time before a jury and likely..." July 16

  • Greg Hardy Unlikely to Reach Deal by Deadline

    Cat Scratch Reader "Albert Breer is reporting that the Panthers are unlikely to sign DE Greg Hardy to a long-term deal before the deadline expires later today. If the Panthers fail to reach a deal with Hardy today he will play the 2014 season on his franchise tag. Greg Hardy unlikely to sign long-term deal by..." July 15

  • Accuser testimony on Panthers DE Greg Hardy: He threatened to kill me

    CBSSports.com "Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy was in a North Carolina courtroom on Tuesday where he pleaded not guilty to charges of communicating threats and assaulting a female. Hardy was charged following an incident in May where he got into an altercation with his girlfriend, Nicole Holder. Holder..." July 15

  • Panthers receivers blocking out the criticism

    Pro Football Talk "Every wide receiver who caught a pass for the Panthers last year is gone this year, and the replacements aren’t exactly a group of superstars. In fact, the Panthers are viewed by many as having the worst group of wide receivers in the NFL. But the Panthers’ new receivers say they’re blocking..." July 11

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    Rob Rang @RobRang

    Draft started and is over with no players being selected.

  • Federal Judge Approves NFL Concussion Settlement

    Slate "A federal judge on Monday gave preliminary approval to the concussion compensation deal between the NFL and former players. The ruling comes two weeks after U.S. District Judge Anita Brody raised questions over whether the $675 million cap on damages paid by the league was sufficient to cover the..." July 08

  • Without Gross and Smith, Panthers hope leaders emerge

    Pro Football Talk "It’s popular to predict that the Panthers will have a leadership deficiency in 2014 given the retirement of tackle Jordan Gross and the release of receiver Steve Smith. As explained by Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer, the Panthers hope the void will be filled by quarterback Cam Newton,..." July 06

  • Carolina Panthers LB Thomas Davis would retire rather than play elsewhere

    Charlotte Observer "Carolina linebacker Thomas Davis is entering his 10th season in the NFL, all with the Panthers. He has torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee three times, and rehabbed three times. Each time, the Panthers stuck with him. After a record season in 2013, the Panthers picked up..." June 29

  • NFL agrees to blank check to pay concussion damages

    New York Post "The NFL’s stalled concussion settlement with 4,500 former players appeared to pick up steam again Wednesday when the league agreed to lift the cap on money available to eligible victims. Under the new agreement, the NFL must pay claims for the next 65 years while no longer limiting the fund for..." June 26

  • Why Advertisements are Probably Coming to NFL Jerseys

    ACME Packing Company "The Green Bay Packers wear some of the most iconic uniforms in all of sports. They're simple, clean, a palette of football nostalgia that harkens back to the days where you could drink scotch at work, smoke on airplanes and mustaches were a defining feature of one's manliness. If you like these..." June 22

  • NFLPA collusion lawsuit to proceed

    Covers.com "A court overturned a decision to dismiss the NFLPA's lawsuit against the NFL for collusion stemming from salary cap penalties toward the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins in 2012. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit on Wednesday reportedly overturned a decision by Judge David..." June 20

  • Cam progressing ahead of schedule

    ESPN.com "Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton participated in seven-on-seven drills Thursday for the first time since undergoing surgery on his left ankle in March. That put the two-time Pro Bowl selection about a month ahead of schedule on his rehabilitation, which initially was supposed to keep..." June 20

  • Panthers rookie Benjamin working to fill top receiver role

    Fox Sports Carolinas "When it came time for the Carolina Panthers to make their first-round selection in this year's NFL draft, it was pretty much a given they'd either select a wide receiver or an offensive tackle, considering they had a serious need at each position. To the surprise of some, that selection was..." June 20

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    Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

    Panthers are giving LT Nate Chandler a four-year contract extension, per source. Carolina really likes Chandler.

  • Cam Newton doesn't want a Kaepernick-like contract

    NFL.com "Colin Kaepernick's unusual deal with the San Francisco 49ers continues to have reverberations across the NFL landscape. That includes the Cam Newton camp. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday on NFL Total Access that Kaepernick's contract -- a pact that includes just $13 million in..." June 11

  • Brandon LaFell: Patriots work a little harder than the Panthers

    Pro Football Talk "After spending his first four NFL seasons with the Panthers, new Patriots receiver Brandon LaFell wasn’t sure what to expect in New England. What he’s found is that Organized Team Activities are tougher. “The way we work, the way we practice, is all new [to me]. It’s not like we didn’t work..." June 09

  • Cam Newton’s next contract with Panthers unlikely to mirror Kaepernick’s new deal

    Charlotte Observer "When reports on San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s contract extension first broke Wednesday, many viewed it as a logical starting point in the Carolina Panthers’ negotiations with Cam Newton on a new deal. To that the Panthers’ front office might reply, “bring it..." June 07

  • Steve Smith had planned to retire with Panthers after 2014 season

    Pro Football Talk "Panthers receiver Steve Smith had planned the end to his career. Until the Panthers had other plans. Smith, now with the Ravens after being cut in Carolina, recently explained that he had planned to play one more year with the Panthers before retiring. “The only people who knew were my..." June 06

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    Brian McCarthy @NFLprguy

    focusing on 3 cities for now to potentially host next year's Draft (NYC, Chi, LA). other cities remain in the mix

  • Roman numerals holiday: NFL not using them for Super Bowl 50

    Sporting News "There will be no Super Bowl L. Oh, don't worry, the NFL's annual championship game and crossover sports spectacle will still take place at the San Francisco 49ers' new Levi's Stadium in 2016. It just won't be labeled with a Roman numeral that translates to English shorthand for "loser." The..." June 05

  • Report: NFLPA mulls change on how players get paid

    Fox Sports "The NFL Players Association is proposing an idea, which would assist players in managing their money by changing the pay cycles of their base salaries, according to a USA Today Sports report. The proposal would mean players would be paid on a bi-weekly schedule over a 52-week calendar year,..." June 03

  • Trai Turner hasn’t signed, yet

    Pro Football Talk "With the bulk of this year’s draft picks already under contract, there’s not much in the way of news when it comes to rattling off the various guys who have signed off on their rookie deals. So here’s a bit of a curve ball. Amid reports that the Panthers have inked third-round offensive..." June 01

  • Carolina Panthers’ Jerricho Cotchery found strength in tragedy

    Charlotte Observer "For years after the accident, small shards of glass would occasionally surface and break through the skin near Jerricho Cotchery’s left wrist – jagged reminders of the 1998 car crash that nearly killed him but also saved his life. Cotchery was 15 at the time of the wreck, headed down the wrong..." June 01

  • Bears lose Domenik Hixon to torn ACL, career likely over

    NFL.com "Domenik Hixon's debut season with the Chicago Bears is over before it began. The veteran wide receiver announced Tuesday on Facebook that he has torn his ACL for the third time. Hixon, who previously tore his right ACL in 2010 and 2011, appeared to indicate the latest injury will bring an end..." May 28

  • Former Carolina Panther Wesley Walls: Rule changes have benefited tight ends

    Charlotte Observer "Former Carolina Panthers tight end Wesley Walls sees NFL tight ends lining up in the slot, being used and getting paid like wide receivers, and thinks he played the position two decades too soon. “I wish I was 23 again in this league,” Walls said. Walls is 48 now, 11 years removed from his..." May 25

  • Cam Newton closing in on 'Madden NFL 15' cover

    Alabama.com "Former Auburn quarterback Cam Newton has advanced to the semifinals in the balloting to pick the player for the cover of the "Madden NFL 15" video game. Online voting ended on Thursday in the quarterfinal round to select the cover subject, with Newton advancing past Kansas City running back..." May 24

  • Panthers rookie Benwikere’s future turned corner in high school

    Charlotte Observer "Carolina Panthers rookie Bene’ Benwikere became a cornerback in high school when he couldn’t crack the receiving rotation at his Los Angeles-area Catholic school. There’s no shame in that: Three of the receivers at Junipero Serra – Marqise Lee, Paul Richardson and Robert Woods – are now in the..." May 23

  • Ten NFL marquee matchups and odds every football fan must bet

    Covers.com "Las Vegas sports book CG Technologies, formerly known as Cantor Gaming, made a big splash in the NFL betting market last Friday night with their release of pointspreads for every NFL game from Week 1 through Week 16. Here, we take a look at 10 marquee matchups that, based on our numbers,..." May 21

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