The Panthers reached a two-year contract extension with quarterback Derek Anderson, the team announced Wednesday. "I'm excited about this for my family. To be here with the players, coaches and management we have – everything is top notch," Anderson said. "It was a no-brainer for me." Anderson will backup Cam Newton. He was slated to become a free agent after the 2015 season.
The Panthers will have Philly Brown, Thomas DeCoud and Melvin White on Saturday against the Seahawks. All three players entered the game listed as questionable. Brown is dealing with a shoulder injury. DeCoud has a hamstring issue. White is battling an ankle injury. The team will also have Derek Anderson, Charles Johnson, DeAngelo Williams and Fernando Velasco for the contest. All four players came into the game listed as probable.
The Panthers have ruled backup quarterback Derek Anderson (illness), running back DeAngelo Williams (hand), defensive end Charles Johnson (not-injury related) and guard Fernando Velasco (not-injury related) as probable for Saturday's wild-card game against Arizona. Linebacker A.J. Klein (ankle) was listed as questionable, while safety Thomas DeCoud (hamstring) was ruled as doubtful.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera told reporters that quarterback Cam Newton did every drill in Thursday's practice and is "on target" to start Sunday against the Browns. Rivera indicated Newton probably will start but said he did not want to get ahead of himself and noted there's still a lot of time until kickoff. Newton sustained two small fractures in his back when he was involved in a car crash nine days ago. On Wednesday he split reps with Derek Anderson, and on Thursday, Newton handled the bulk of the first-team snaps. Newton has accounted for 19 touchdowns and 16 turnovers in 12 games. With Newton now fully expected to play, the Panthers have been installed as 3-point favorites at most Vegas sportsbooks.
Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said he's experienced no pain while practicing the past two days, but wouldn't say whether he expects to start Sunday against the Browns, reports the Associated Press. "I'm fine either way it goes," he said. "I don't want to be a distraction." Newton suffered two small fractures in his lower back in a car crash nine days ago. He took most of the first-team reps Thursday, ahead of Derek Anderson. The Panthers likely won't announce a starter until Friday at the earliest. "The truth of the matter is, whoever gets the start, the team is going to back 100 percent," Newton said.
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