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Cam Newton not at practice

While Ron Rivera seemed to leave the door slightly ajar yesterday, there seems to be very little confidence Cam Newton‘s going to be able to walk through it. Via Jourdan Rodrigue of, the Panthers quarterback was not at practice Wednesday. Newton’s in a walking boot again after aggravating the foot sprain he suffered in [more]

Bruce Arians on NFC South QB injuries: You can’t think about that stuff

The quarterback landscape of the NFC South has changed significantly in recent days. Drew Brees is headed for thumb surgery and an extended absence from the Saints lineup. Cam Newton hasn’t looked right in the first two games, was out of Panthers practice on Tuesday and is uncertain to play this weekend. Falcons quarterback Matt [more]

Report: Colin Kaepernick’s agent has contacted quarterback-needy teams

Colin Kaepernick’s agent has reached out to teams in need of quarterback help, Chris Williamson of SNY reports. “Colin is literally in the best shape of his life,” a source close to Kaepernick told Williamson. “He’s been working out five days a week at 5 a.m. for three years. He wants to play and his [more]

Ron Rivera: “No idea” if Cam Newton can play this week

The Panthers don’t know at the moment whether Cam Newton will be able to play Sunday at Arizona or not. But they know what Plan B is. Coach Ron Rivera said that Kyle Allen would start if Newton’s not able to recover in time, leaving rookie Will Grier as the backup. “I have no idea,” [more]

Cam Newton aggravated foot injury, status unclear for Sunday

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton didn’t look like himself in Thursday night’s loss to the Buccaneers, and it may have been because he is not 100 percent healthy. Newton aggravated the foot injury that he suffered in the preseason and may not be able to go on Sunday against the Cardinals, NFL Network reports. Panthers coach [more]

Kyler Murray wants wins, not milestones

Like many rookies, Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray came into the NFL with questions about whether his college success would carry over to the pros. The first two games of his first season have provided some positive answers to those questions. It took Murray a while to get going in the opener, but he wound up [more]

Panthers struggle to strike the right balance with Cam Newton

Unless the Panthers are flat-out lying on the injury report, quarterback Cam Newton entered Thursday night’s game against the Buccaneers healthy. So why wouldn’t they simply have him fall forward on the fourth-and-very-short play near the Tampa Bay end zone with the game on the line? Coach Ron Rivera bristled at post-game questions about a [more]

Pass interference/illegal contact donut hole emerges in Bucs-Panthers

Replay review is now available for defensive pass interference calls and non-calls. It’s not available for calls and non-calls of illegal contact. And this donut hole was exposed for the first time on Thursday night, in the Buccaneers-Panthers game. Carolina had embarked on a drive that would end with a failed fourth-and-short play, and coach [more]

Poor Panthers’ offensive performance culminates in fake Philly Special failure

Many will be criticized for Thursday night’s poor offensive showing in Carolina by the Panthers, who have started the season by losing two home games only four days apart. One person who should not escape criticism is a person whose name was never mentioned once (at least not in a negative way) during Thursday night’s [more]

Christian McCaffrey has played every offensive snap in first two games

Christian McCaffrey played the most snaps of any running back in the NFL last season, which led the Panthers to talk about cutting back on his snaps at various points in the offseason. Through two games, that’s been all talk and no action. McCaffrey has played all 146 offensive snaps that Carolina has taken over [more]

Torrey Smith announces his retirement

Torrey Smith was released by the Panthers on September 1 and he won’t be looking for a new place to play during the 2019 season. In a video released via UNINTERRUPTED on Friday, Smith announced his retirement from the NFL. Smith reads a letter to the game in the video and thanks it for opening [more]

Bruce Arians: Jameis Winston was “spot on” Thursday night

The Buccaneers didn’t come up with a dazzling offensive display against the Panthers on Thursday night, but the play of their defense meant they didn’t need to in order to leave Charlotte with a win. All that they needed to do was keep the chains moving, put points on the board on occasion and not [more]

Buccaneers talking “new identity” on defense

The Buccaneers stopped the Panthers on fourth-and-1 early. They stopped them on fourth-and-1 late. And at least for a moment, they stopped being the Bucs as we knew them. After stopping Cam Newton in his tracks for a 20-14 win last night, the Buccaneers are hoping others notice the change. “It’s crazy how it came [more]

Cam Newton: Hard to look our defense in the eye with how our offense played

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton says that if his defensive teammates are unhappy with him, he can’t blame them. Newton said after Thursday night’s 20-14 loss to the Buccaneers that he feels like the offense let the defense down. “It’s hard to look defensive guys in their eyes after a game like this because offensively we [more]

Bucs hang on for ugly win over Panthers

It’s fitting that this game finished on Friday the 13th. It was a horror movie for both teams throughout the night, but mostly for the Panthers. The Buccaneers held on for a 20-14 win over the Panthers, on a night when neither team was capable of moving the ball efficiently, and there was a 27-minute [more]

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