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Panthers-Bucs in a lightning delay

The short week game is going to last a little longer. With thunderstorms rolling through the Charlotte area, the Buccaneers-Panthers game has been suspended because of lightning. The game was stopped midway through the first quarter (it’s still scoreless), and fans were told to clear the seating areas. The weather has also had an impact [more]

Rashaan Gaulden, Greg Little among Panthers’ inactives

The Panthers won’t have defensive back Rashaan Gaulden tonight. He is out with a groin injury. The team had listed him as questionable in their Wednesday status report. Undrafted rookie linebacker Jordan Kunaszyk will make his debut on special teams. Despite being cleared from concussion protocol, rookie offensive tackle Greg Little will miss his second [more]

Troy Polamalu, Patrick Willis among first-time Hall of Fame nominees

The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced plans for an expanded class of inductees in 2020 by approving a proposal to put together a group of 15 candidates for selection in addition to the annual group of modern era nominees. That new group will be made up of 10 seniors candidates, three contributors and two [more]

Bucs injury report only includes Blaine Gabbert

The Bucs will still be without their backup quarterback, but they’re otherwise healthy entering Thursday’s game. While Blaine Gabbert is still out with a preseason shoulder injury, all the other Buccaneers on the injury report practiced fully all week, which means they’re fine. The others who began the week on the report included tight end [more]

Bruce Irvin out, Greg Olsen questionable for Panthers

The Panthers will again be without veteran pass-rusher Bruce Irvin, but they should have one of their key offensive parts back on the field Thursday. The Panthers ruled Irvin out for Thursday’s game against the Buccaneers after he missed the entire week with a hamstring injury. But tight end Greg Olsen was listed as questionable [more]

Gerald McCoy still wants to “retire a Buc”

Gerald McCoy might not have been thrilled with the way his departure from Tampa Bay was handled, or that they gave his jersey number to a mercenary before his locker was cold. But he still has fond memories of the place, for some reason. Via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, the longtime defensive lineman [more]

Jameis Winston hopes to end 12-game road losing streak

For Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston, the hope is that 13 becomes a lucky number. Winston, according to JoeBucsFan.com, has lost 12 road games in a row. Twelve. He’ll try to keep it from becoming a baker’s dozen when the Bucs’ 11 play at Carolina on Thursday night. Winston has company, over the past generation. Per [more]

Gerald McCoy to Jameis Winston: Keep your head up, but play bad this week

Panthers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy will be playing his former team on Thursday night and one of his teammates from his Tampa days was on his mind when he spoke to reporters on Tuesday. McCoy was asked about quarterback Jameis Winston, whose long-running issue with turning the ball reared its head to the tune of [more]

Bruce Arians believes Cam Newton still can throw deep

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton invited questions about his surgically repaired right shoulder after 37 of his 38 passes traveled less than 20 yards in the air. Newton said after the loss to the Rams it was a function of decision-making rather than physical ability that kept him from going deep more. His only attempt to [more]

Cam Newton thinks Norv Turner has Christian McCaffrey in fantasy

Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey was both the leading rusher and the leading receiver in Carolina’s Week One game, and Cam Newton has a theory as to why. Newton joked today that Panthers offensive coordinator Norv Turner must have drafted McCaffrey for his fantasy team, considering how big a role McCaffrey plays in the game [more]

Bruce Irvin, Greg Olsen out of practice for Panthers

The Panthers played without defensive end Bruce Irvin in their season opener and it seems likely that they’ll be missing him in Week Two as well. Irvin was out of practice for the second straight day on Tuesday due to the hamstring issue that also forced him to miss Sunday’s loss to the Rams. With [more]

Sean McVay attributes Jared Goff’s subpar day to “play selection”

Rams franchise quarterback Jared Goff celebrated his new contract with a non-franchise quarterback performance, generating 4.8 yards per attempt and a passer rating of 69. On Monday, coach Sean McVay explained to reporters Goff’s outing. “I think it starts with some of the play selections,” McVay said. “To Carolina’s credit, they did a good job. Really, [more]

Cam Newton admits he’s “a little rusty”

Cam Newton admitted he wasn’t himself yesterday, but he insisted he was physically well. The Panthers quarterback had an up-and-down day in their loss to the Rams, but said his surgically repaired right shoulder wasn’t the problem. “A little rusty. Just have to get on the same page with everybody,” Newton said, via Bill Voth [more]

Rams hang on for 30-27 road win over Panthers

Cam Newton‘s shoulder appeared to be fine, even if his offense wasn’t. Todd Gurley‘s knee didn’t appear to be 100 percent, but it was good enough. The Rams got out of Charlotte with a 30-27 win over the Panthers, in a game that was sloppy for both teams. Gurley finished with 14 carries for 97 [more]

Eric Weddle carted off, after taking knee to head

One of the Rams’ biggest offseason acquisitions is being carted off. Safety Eric Weddle is being attended to by the Rams’ athletic training staff, after taking a knee to the head from a hurdling Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey. Weddle was talking as he was carted off the field, but had a decent amount of [more]

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