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Panthers put Christian McCaffrey on injured reserve

After reports early this week projected that running back Christian McCaffrey would be out for at least a month after hurting his ankle in last Sunday’s loss to the Buccaneers, McCaffrey said that his hope was that “I can get back a lot earlier.” If McCaffrey does beat that timetable, it won’t be by much. [more]

Report: Painkilling injection punctured Tyrod Taylor’s lung

We heard that Chargers quarterback Tyrod Taylor was a last-second scratch from last Sunday’s game against the Chiefs because he had complications from a painkilling injection he was taking due to injured ribs. More information about those complications came to light in a Wednesday report. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Taylor’s lung was punctured [more]

Chargers should embrace Justin Herbert

Chargers coach Anthony Lynn recently said that rookie quarterback Justin Herbert is the “backup for a reason.” Whatever the reason, the backup has raised the bar for the starter. It’s unclear why Lynn has staunchly refused to make Herbert the starter, given that Herbert had an incredible performance with literally a moment’s notice on Sunday [more]

The Week Two Goats (In a Bad Way) draft

With Week Two over, it’s time to hand out awards. Good ones, and not-so-good ones. The not-so-good come in the form of our Goats (In a Bad Way) draft. On Tuesday’s PFT Live, Simms and I each drafted three coaches or players who deserve criticism for their performances in Week Two. Do you agree? Disagree? [more]

Panthers to have around 5,000 fans in the stands in October

The Panthers are about to get some fans back in the stands. According to Alaina Getzenberg of the Charlotte Observer, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said Tuesday that large outdoor venues in the state could allow up to 7 percent capacity beginning Oct. 2. The Panthers host the Cardinals on Oct. 4, and Cooper’s order [more]

Falcons to start having fans at games on October 11

Falcons fans may not be clamoring to see their team in person after last Sunday’s meltdown in Dallas, but they will have the chance to do so starting next month. The Falcons announced that fans will be welcomed at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta when the team faces the Panthers on October 11. There will also [more]

Christian McCaffrey: They say I’ll miss 4-6 weeks, I’m hoping a lot less

Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey confirmed today that doctors tell him he’s going to miss four to six weeks with an ankle injury. McCaffrey himself, however, is optimistic that he can miss less than that. “They say four to six weeks,” McCaffrey said. “That’s a challenge to me. Hopefully I can get back a lot [more]

Brett Favre attended Panthers-Bucs game as an NFL Films correspondent, not as a fan

Well, Ryan Jensen has his answer. The Buccaneers center publicly wondered why Brett Favre was able to attend Sunday’s Panthers-Bucs game when Jensen’s family couldn’t. The answer was simple: According to the Buccaneers, Favre attended not as a fan but as an NFL Films correspondent. Per the team Favre works for The Grind, a show [more]

Report: Christian McCaffrey is expected to miss multiple weeks

Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey appears to have suffered a more serious ankle injury than he initially believed. McCaffrey said after Sunday’s game that his ankle was going to be fine, but he is actually expected to miss “multiple weeks,” Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. That’s a big blow to the Panthers, who signed McCaffrey [more]

Bill Belichick has no explanation for his failure to call a late timeout

Last Monday night, Vic Fangio did his best impersonation of Bill Belichick in the closing moments of Super Bowl XLIX. It didn’t work. On Sunday night, Belichick did his best impersonation of Fangio impersonating Belichick in the closing moments of Super Bowl XLIX. It too didn’t work. With 36 seconds left in the early-season epic [more]

Tom Brady: A little better, still a long way from where we need to be

Tom Brady got his first win of 2020 on Sunday and said it felt good to cross that off the list after the game, but he also made it clear that he expects much more out of the Buccaneers in the weeks to come. Brady was 23-of-35 for 217 yards, a touchdown and an interception [more]

Christian McCaffrey says he’s “fine,” but that doesn’t mean he is

The news is neither good nor bad, for now, for Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey. But the fact that McCaffrey needs an MRI on his ankle tomorrow is in and of itself far from ideal for the Panthers and for the best running back in the NFL. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, [more]

Christian McCaffrey dealing with ankle injury

The Panthers fell to 0-2 on Sunday and their chances of getting their first win of the 2020 season will be a lot better if there’s nothing wrong with running back Christian McCaffrey’s ankle. As of now, it’s too soon to say if that’s the case. McCaffrey did not play for the final 13-plus minutes [more]

Buccaneers beat the Panthers 31-17

Tom Brady still doesn’t look like Tom Brady. And it’s not just the pewter uniforms. The Buccaneers got their first win under their new quarterback, 31-17 with a lot of help from the Panthers. The Panthers turned it over four times, leaving plenty of margin of error for Brady as he adjusts to his new [more]

Bucs take advantage of turnovers, up 14-0

After a sloppy start to his Bucs career last week, Tom Brady didn’t look crisp to begin with against the Panthers. That didn’t last long, however, as their game-opening three-and-out quickly became a 14-0 lead. Taking advantage of a pair of Panthers turnovers (Teddy Bridgewater threw a bad interception, and fumbled), the Bucs capitalized on [more]

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