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Carolina Panthers

Stadium: Bank of America Stadium | Coach: Ron Rivera
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense16th116.4 (12th)228.9 (17th)
Defense15th117.5 (20th)234.0 (12th)

Next Game

Sun, December 21, 1:00 PM EST
Bank of America Stadium
on CBS Sports
Cleveland Browns
at
Carolina Panthers

Schedule

Sun Sep 7
W 20 - 14at TB
Recap
Sun Sep 14
W 24 - 7DET
Recap
Sun Sep 21
L 37 - 19PIT
Recap
Sun Sep 28
L 38 - 10at BAL
Recap
Sun Oct 5
W 31 - 24CHI
Recap
Sun Oct 12
37 - 37at CIN
Recap
Sun Oct 19
L 38 - 17at GB
Recap
Sun Oct 26
L 13 - 9SEA
Recap
Thu Oct 30
L 28 - 10NO
Recap
Mon Nov 10
L 45 - 21at PHI
Recap
Sun Nov 16
L 19 - 17ATL
Recap
Sun Nov 30
L 31 - 13at MIN
Recap
Sun Dec 7
W 41 - 10at NO
Recap
Sun Dec 14
W 19 - 17TB
Recap
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 21
on CBS SportsCLE
Preview
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 28
at ATL

Standings

NFC
South
Overall
W-L-T
Division
W-L-T
New Orleans6-8-02-2-0
Carolina5-8-13-2-0
Atlanta5-9-04-0-0
Tampa Bay2-12-00-5-0
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DeAngelo Williams could play Sunday wearing a cast
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams is getting fitted for a cast he'd wear if he returns to action Sunday against the Browns, reports ESPN.com. Williams fractured his right hand in the Week 13 loss at Minnesota.

Williams was limited in Thursday's practice. He hasn't caught passes, and the team is concerned about how the injury will affect his blocking, the report said.

But if Williams returns, he'll cut into the sizable workload Jonathan Stewart has received the past two weeks when he averaged 21.5 touches.

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Ron Rivera: QB Cam Newton 'on target' to start Sunday
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

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.

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Cam Newton: 'I'm fine either way it goes'
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

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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Cam Newton dominates first-team reps Thursday
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

After splitting reps with Derek Anderson on Wednesday, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton dominated the first-team snaps at practice Thursday, reports NFL.com. The Associated Press said Newton "did not appear to have any problems throwing the ball and moved around well."

A car accident nine days ago left Newton with two fractures in his lower back. He sat out Week 15 and watched Anderson throw for 277 yards and a touchdown in a win over Tampa Bay.

Newton will address the media later on Thursday. Coach Ron Rivera has said he hopes to name a starter Friday for Sunday's game against Cleveland.

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Report: QB Cam Newton likely Panthers starter on Sunday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Cam Newton is the likely starter at quarterback for the Panthers against visiting Cleveland on Sunday, according to The Associated Press. That prediction is based on his workload Thursday in practice.

Newton is recovering from a back injury sustained in a car accident last week. He returned to the field Wednesday. The team is expected to name a starter Friday between Newton and former Brown Derek Anderson.

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