Carolina Panthers

Stadium: Bank of America Stadium | Coach: Ron Rivera
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense19th113.4 (10th)230.3 (21st)
Defense21st91.6 (6th)268.2 (29th)
DatePosPlayerInjuryNFL StatusFantasy News
03/21/17WRDamiere ByrdKnee - MeniscusQUESTIONABLEByrd is undergoing knee surgery that will sideline him until training camp, Max Henson of the team's official site reports.

Byrd only played in one game for the the Panthers last season, recording one reception for 16 yards. While conditioning on his own this offseason, the 24-year-old injured his left knee. "We saw him for treatment, but he continued to experience pain and swelling," head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion said. "An MRI revealed he has torn lateral meniscus in his left knee, and Dr. Connor will perform a scope on his left knee. We will modify our conditioning program, and he's projected to be ready to go later in the offseason." Look for more updates on the wideout's status to come as training camp nears.

(Updated 03/21/2017)
03/21/17DLCharles JohnsonBackQUESTIONABLEHead coach Ron Rivera does not seem concerned about Johnson's (back) recent back surgery, Joseph Person of The Charlotte Observer reports. "This is one of those things that if you play football, you're gonna have this. This was just an easy fix from my understanding," Rivera said. "We're just glad that it's done and he's feeling good and doing the things he's supposed to be doing now."

Johnson recently underwent a microdisectomy to repair a herniated disc, an operation that became necessary after an epidural failed to improve his lower back pain. Although Rivera admitted he wasn't sure of Johnson's timeline for a return, the 30-year-old defensive end is expected back for training camp and should be full go for the start of the 2017 season.

(Updated 04/05/2017)
03/21/17QBCam NewtonShoulderQUESTIONABLENewton (shoulder) likely won't be allowed to start throwing until late June, but he's still on track to be cleared for the beginning of training camp a month later, Bill Voth of the Panthers' official website reports.

Still only three weeks removed from March 30 surgery to repair a partially-torn rotator cuff in his throwing shoulder, Newton is on a cardio-heavy plan for the start of the Panthers' voluntary offseason program. He'll likely focus on the mental aspect of his game and endurance conditioning for the next couple months, before eventually easing into a more comprehensive routine that includes throwing and a regular weightlifting program. Newton's supporting cast looks similar to last season's, albeit with Charles Johnson and Russell Shepard replacing Ted Ginn (Saints) in the receiving corps, and left tackle Matt Kalil joining his older brother Ryan on the offensive line. The Panthers could still add more help, potentially using an early-round pick (or two) on a running back and/or wide receiver.

(Updated 04/20/2017)
02/23/17RBDevon JohnsonBackQUESTIONABLEJohnson was placed on the Panthers waived/injured list Thursday, The Washington Post reports.

Johnson, un undrafted rookie who played tight end at Marshall, profiles more as a fullback than running back in the NFL. However, the Panthers were already set at that position with incumbent starting FB Mike Tolbert. However, Johnson's injury remains undisclosed, but his release cleared room for the addition of OT Willie Smith.

(Updated 08/18/2016)
01/26/17DLChas AlecxihKneeQUESTIONABLEAlecxih ended the 2016 season on injured reserve.

Alecxih had surgery to repair significant damage to his left knee in August, Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reports. Alecxih has been in training camp with several teams over the course of the past five years but has never managed to make a regular season roster. He'll be hoping to finally catch on with the Panthers as a depth lineman and special teams player in 2017.

(Updated 01/25/2017)
01/25/17DBTre BostonKneeQUESTIONABLEBoston (knee) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Bryan Strickland of the Panthers' official site reports.

Boston injured his knee in Saturday's loss to the Flacons and the specifics of the injury have yet to be disclosed. It's unclear how severe the injury or if it will linger into offseason workouts. Travell Dixon was signed off the practice squad to fill the roster spot vacated by Boston.

(Updated 12/27/2016)
01/25/17WRLaRon ByrdConcussionQUESTIONABLEByrd (concussion) was placed on the Panthers' injured reserve list on Tuesday.

Byrd suffered a head injury during Carolina's second game of the preseason. He enjoyed a solid training camp up until that point, though, and will likely take aim at cracking the Panthers' roster once again in 2017.

(Updated 08/30/2016)
01/25/17DLRyan DelaireKneeQUESTIONABLEDelaire (knee) has been placed on injured reserve, David Newton of ESPN reports.

Delaire appeared in only six games for Carolina this season, as he missed a chunk of time while on IR from Week 4 to Week 12. The Panthers signed Larry Webster from the practice squad to fill Delaire's roster spot for Sunday's season finale against Tampa Bay.

(Updated 12/27/2016)
01/25/17DBDean MarloweHamstringQUESTIONABLEMarlowe (hamstring) was placed on injured reserve on Tuesday.

Marlowe ends his 2016-17 campaign after only 16 snaps in his season debut against the 49ers on Sunday. The undrafted safety suffered a hamstring injury early in the preseason and finally appeared healthy enough to play on Sunday. Unfortunately he aggregated the injury early in the game, leaving the Panthers no choice but to pull the plug on the 24-year-old's season. Marlowe's injury creates a hole in Carolina's special teams unit and leaves Kurt Coleman as the only strong safety on the active roster.

(Updated 09/20/2016)
01/25/17DBZack SanchezGroinQUESTIONABLESanchez (groin) was placed on injured reserve Friday, Joe Person of the Charolotte Observer reports.

Sanchez, a fifth-rounder out of Oklahoma, was promoted to the active roster in early October and appeared in five games for the Panthers this season. He'll finish his rookie campaign with nine tackles but no other defensive statistics.

(Updated 11/25/2016)
01/14/17KGraham GanoFootQUESTIONABLEGano's (foot) rehab from offseason surgery appears to be going well after he posted a video of himself running on a treadmill in normal fashion, Anthony Rizzuti of reports.

Gano underwent surgery to repair a broken bone in the heel of his left foot back in January, and although he was always expected to return to full health by training camp, the video he recently posted evidenced he's moving well following that operation. After posting his lowest field-goal conversion percentage since 2011 last season, Gano will aim for improvement in the final year of his contract in the upcoming campaign.

(Updated 03/06/2017)

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