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Lions place T.J. Lang on IR

Lions right guard T.J. Lang may have played his last game in Detroit. The team announced Wednesday it is placing him on injured reserve. He started six games in his second season with the Lions, playing 282 snaps. He played only one full game while dealing with brain, back, neck and hip injuries. Lang, 31, [more]

Matt Patricia: We’re lucky to have Matthew Stafford

Matthew Stafford has received criticism from all corners this season. CBS analysts Boomer Esiason and Rich Gannon are among those ripping the Lions quarterback, prompting Stafford to say last week that he doesn’t “need to answer to Rich Gannon.” But Lions coach Matt Patricia pulled a Terrell Owens, minus the tears. Owens famously defended his [more]

Kyle Love angry that people thought he was sleeping on sideline

Kyle Love has become and important, yet unheralded member of the Panthers defensive tackle rotation, sliding in behind three first-rounders and playing well without getting much attention. But when he made highlights last week, it made him angry. A video clip of Love with his head down on the Panthers bench made it look like [more]

Raiders cut Kony Ealy

Kony Ealy’s stay with Oakland was a short one. The Raiders cut the defensive end Tuesday, a week after he arrived. Ealy was a healthy scratch Sunday in the Raiders’ loss to the Chargers. Ealy, 26, spent the offseason, training camp and the preseason with the Cowboys. They cut him out of the preseason. He [more]

Ron Rivera: “You could feel” C.J. Anderson’s frustration

When Panthers coach Ron Rivera was first asked Tuesday about the team’s decision to release running back C.J. Anderson, he mentioned that they wanted to “give an honest look” to reserve Cameron Artis-Payne. This, of course, makes no sense whatsoever. Artis-Payne has been with the Panthers four seasons. He has 99 career rush attempts. The [more]

Panthers sign Travaris Cadet

The Panthers have signed running back Travaris Cadet, the team announced Monday afternoon. He will take the roster spot opened when the Panthers cut running back C.J. Anderson. Cadet, 29, has remained a free agent since the Bills cut him out of the preseason. He played six games with Buffalo and three with the Jets [more]

Panthers release C.J. Anderson

When the Panthers signed running back C.J. Anderson this offseason, he seemed like a perfect complement to Christian McCaffrey. Instead, McCaffrey has become an every down player, so the Panthers let Anderson go Monday. Via the team’s official website, the Panthers released the former Broncos running back, who had over 1,000 yards last year. “When [more]

NFC playoff picture: Rams running away with the NFC West

The Rams’ win over the Seahawks on Sunday just about wrapped up the NFC West. Although Los Angeles hasn’t actually clinched the division, the Rams now have a 4.5-game lead and the head-to-head tiebreaker. There’s no realistic path to the division title for the Seahawks. However, the Rams actually don’t control their own destiny for [more]

NFL says Bucs’ hit on sliding Cam Newton was “incidental,” not “forcible”

When Panthers safety Eric Reid was ejected on Thursday night for a hit on sliding Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, some Panthers fans cried foul: Just four days earlier, the Buccaneers weren’t penalized at all for a hit on sliding Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. What’s the difference? According to the NFL, the difference is the hit [more]

NFL says PED testing is random after Eric Reid raises questions

Panthers safety Eric Reid complained after Thursday night’s game that he’s been tested for performance-enhancing drugs far more than should be expected if the testing is truly random. The NFL quickly pushed back against those comments. Reid, who was ejected from the game for a hit on Ben Roethlisberger, told reporters afterward that he was [more]

Roethlisberger has his fourth career perfect passer rating

The self-reports of Ben Roethlisberger‘s demise were greatly exaggerated. Roethlisberger avoided injury after getting smushed on Sunday to put together on Thursday the fourth perfect passer rating of his career. It ties Peyton Manning for the NFL record. Roethlisberger becomes the third quarterback to generate a perfect passer rating this year, joining Seahawks quarterback Russell [more]

Ron Rivera: “Stuff happens” (he didn’t say stuff)

After Carolina’s 52-21 debacle in Pittsburgh, Panthers coach Ron Rivera did his best to put the loss in perspective. “At the end of the day guys, this sh-t happens,” Rivera said. “If you continue to dwell on it and worry about it, it’s gonna creep in.” He’s right. In winning or losing a game like [more]

NFL explains Vance McDonald touchdown catch

The seven points didn’t make a difference in the game, but the video evidence coupled with the failure to have a full-blown replay review on a third-quarter touchdown reception by Steelers tight end Vance McDonald left many fans confused — and plenty of Panthers fans feeling like their team had been screwed. McDonald seemed to [more]

Cam Newton: It’s about how we rebound

There are times when it doesn’t take a lot of words to describe what happened in a football game and Thursday night was one of those times for the Panthers. They started the game with a brisk touchdown drive, but gave up two touchdowns in 13 seconds in the first quarter and trailed the Steelers [more]

Eric Reid: I didn’t even know you could be ejected in the NFL

Panthers safety Eric Reid was ejected from Thursday night’s loss to the Steelers, which was unsurprising to anyone who saw him drill Ben Roethlisberger in the head long after Roehtlisberger’s knee hit the ground on his feet-first slide. Unsurprising, that is, to anyone other than Reid and his coach. Reid said after the game that [more]

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