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Aaron Rodgers takes another step, practicing in pads

The Packers appear only a victory over winless Cleveland from an Aaron Rodgers return. The two-time NFL MVP took another step in his comeback, donning the pads for Thursday’s practice. Rodgers returned to practice Saturday, and he took scout-team reps Wednesday. “Nothing surprises me with Aaron,” coach Mike McCarthy said, via Ryan Wood for the [more]

Ryan Kalil says he’s playing this week

The Panthers have not had center Ryan Kalil in the lineup since Week Seven and he’s only played in two games all year, but he’s confident that will change this week. Kalil, who has been dealing a neck injury, was listed as a limited participant for the second straight day on Thursday and coach Ron [more]

Everson Griffen on stopping Cam Newton: “You keep on hitting him”

The Vikings know what Cam Newton is capable of. They also know what he’s susceptible to. So as they plan for Sunday’s game against the former MVP, they’re going to rely on a simple, yet elegant plan. “Well, you just hit him,” Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen said, via John Shipley of the St. Paul [more]

Greg Olsen returns for full practice

It looks like the Panthers will be getting tight end Greg Olsen back in the lineup for Sunday’s game against the Vikings. Olsen returned from eight weeks on injured reserve with a broken foot to play in the team’s Week 12 game against the Jets, but sat out the second half after experiencing soreness in [more]

Panthers place Jared Norris on IR, sign Spencer Paysinger

The Panthers placed linebacker Jared Norris on injured reserve with a calf injury. They signed linebacker Spencer Paysinger to take his place on the active roster and fill his special teams role. Norris. who is in his second season, made three special teams tackles in 11 games. He has not yet played a defensive snap [more]

Panthers coaches frustrated by “bad” tackling

Panthers coach Ron Rivera’s a minimalist. Asked to describe the tackling of his team during Sunday’s loss to the Saints, he offered a blunt response. “Bad,” Rivera said, via Jourdan Rodrigue of the Charlotte Observer. “There’s no other word for it.” The difference in their effort was backed up by the stats. They entered the [more]

NFC playoff picture: Shakeup Sunday

The NFC playoff picture remained unchanged for a couple of weeks, but we knew things would look different once Week 13 was in the books. Six of the top seven teams in the conference were involved in games against each other, including the Eagles-Seahawks game in Seattle that put Sunday’s action to bed. The Seahawks [more]

Saints take control of the NFC South, sweep Panthers

These are not the Saints we’re used to seeing. They’re much better, and assuming the identity of their division rivals. The Saints beat the Panthers 31-21, improving to 9-3 and sweeping their division rivals for a big tiebreaker, along with the one-game lead with four to play. They did it by bludgeoning the Panthers with [more]

After missed call, Alvin Kamara makes Panthers pay

The officials aren’t the reason the Panthers are losing right now. Alvin Kamara is. But the Panthers have a rightful beef with officials. A missed neutral zone infraction non-call led to a sack on third down, the Panthers had to punt instead of getting a first down, and Kamara made them pay. With the rookie [more]

Saints and Panthers trading punches, Saints up 21-14

The Saints were on the verge of running away with things. Literally. But the Panthers got a turnover when they needed one, answered with a touchdown of their own, and kept things close. The Saints lead 21-14 in the second quarter, after an impressive display of power running of their own. Mark Ingram popped a [more]

Alvin Kamara strikes first, Jonathan Stewart answers

With the lead in the NFC South on the line, the Saints made an emphatic statement on their opening possession. But then the Panthers answered, setting the stage for what could be a classic. Rookie running back Alvin Kamara just scored on a fourth down conversion, breaking a couple of tackles as the Saints took [more]

Marshon Lattimore inactive, and so is Greg Olsen

The Panthers are going to err on the side of caution, with a pair of their captains today. As expected, the Panthers deactivated tight end Greg Olsen, after he experienced some soreness in his first game back from a broken foot last week. But they also deactivated center Ryan Kalil, who has missed most of [more]

Christian McCaffrey is expected to play on Sunday

The Panthers won’t have tight end Greg Olsen on Sunday, but they will have running back Christian McCaffrey. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, McCaffrey is expected to play on Sunday against the Saints. He’s officially listed as questionable with a shoulder injury for the 4:25 p.m. ET showdown against New Orleans. McCaffrey, [more]

Greg Olsen is day-to-day with foot injury

No, Panthers tight end Greg Olsen is not expected to play on Sunday against the Saints. Moving forward, it’s unclear when he’ll be back and, when he is, how long he’ll remain. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Olsen is day-to-day due to the foot injury that first happened in Week Two. While [more]

Greg Olsen not expected to play on Sunday

It’s an NFC South showdown, and one of the best players for the Panthers won’t be on the field, again. Tight end Greg Olsen isn’t expected to play on Sunday against the Saints, according to NFL Media. His absence comes a week after he returned to action following an extended absence in the aftermath of [more]

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