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Carolina Panthers

Stadium: Bank of America Stadium | Coach: Ron Rivera
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense7th146.0 (3rd)243.3 (19th)
Defense3rd90.3 (11th)183.0 (5th)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
97Addison, Mario DE6-32609/6/19876Troy
3Anderson, Derek QB6-62356/15/198312Oregon State
34Artis-Payne, Cameron RB5-102206/23/19902Auburn
13Benjamin, Kelvin WR6-52452/5/19913Florida State
25Benwikere, Bene' CB6-02009/3/19913San Jose State
11Bersin, Brenton WR6-32105/9/19903Wofford
33Boston, Tre FS6-12056/25/19923North Carolina
24Bradberry, James CB6-12108/4/1993RSamford
10Brown, Corey WR5-1119012/16/19913Ohio State
92Butler, Vernon DT6-43256/14/1994RLouisiana Tech
18Byrd, Damiere WR5-91801/27/19931South Carolina
57Cash, Jeremy LB6-021512/6/1992RDuke
20Coleman, Kurt SS5-112004/1/19887Ohio State
58Davis, Thomas OLB6-12353/22/198312Georgia
91Delaire, Ryan DE6-42651/17/19922Towson
84Dickson, Ed TE6-42557/25/19877Oregon
94Ealy, Kony DE6-427512/21/19913Missouri
93Edwards, Lavar DE6-42754/29/19904Louisiana State
17Funchess, Devin WR6-42255/21/19942Michigan
9Gano, Graham K6-22054/9/19877Florida State
19Ginn, Ted WR5-111804/12/198510Ohio State
66Gradkowski, Gino C6-330011/5/19885Delaware
54Green-Thompson, Shaq OLB6-02304/21/19942Washington
78Hawkins, Donald T6-43104/22/19922Texas
44Jansen, J.J. LS6-22401/20/19869Notre Dame
23Johnson, Leonard DB5-102003/30/19905Iowa State
95Johnson, Charles DE6-22757/10/198610Georgia
42Jones, Colin DB6-020510/27/19876Texas Christian
67Kalil, Ryan C6-23003/29/198510USC
56Klein, A.J. MLB6-12407/30/19914Iowa State
59Kuechly, Luke MLB6-32384/20/19915Boston College
69Larsen, Tyler G6-43357/8/19911Utah
8Lee, Andy P6-11858/11/198213Pittsburgh
98Lotulelei, Star DT6-231512/20/19894Utah
55Mayo, David LB6-22458/8/19932Texas State
27McClain, Robert DB5-91957/22/19885Connecticut
1Newton, Cam QB6-52455/11/19896Auburn
52Norris, Jared ILB6-12407/19/1993RUtah
68Norwell, Andrew G6-632510/25/19913Ohio State
73Oher, Michael T6-43155/28/19868Mississippi
88Olsen, Greg TE6-52553/11/198510Miami (Fla.)
74Remmers, Mike T6-53104/11/19894Oregon State
99Short, Kawann DT6-33152/2/19894Purdue
80Simonson, Scott TE6-52554/13/19922Assumption
90Soliai, Paul DT6-434512/30/198310Utah
28Stewart, Jonathan RB5-102403/21/19879Oregon
35Tolbert, Mike FB5-925011/23/19859Coastal Carolina
70Turner, Trai G6-33106/14/19933Louisiana State
14Webb, Joe QB6-423511/14/19867Alabama-Birmingham
43Whittaker, Fozzy RB5-102052/2/19894Texas
21Williams, Teddy DB6-12107/3/19885Texas-San Antonio
60Williams, Daryl T6-63358/31/19922Oklahoma
26Worley, Daryl CB6-12052/22/1995RWest Virginia
Injured Players
65Alecxih, Chas (IR) DT6-42952/10/19891Pittsburgh
86Byrd, LaRon (IR) WR6-42258/18/19893Miami (Fla.)
47Johnson, Devon (IR) RB6-02457/28/1993RMarshall
29Marlowe, Dean (IR) FS6-12107/25/19922James Madison
81Norwood, Kevin (IR) WR6-22109/23/19893Alabama
72Rigsbee, Jordan (IR) G6-43153/5/1993RCalifornia
Practice Squad
36Ball, Marcus DB6-12157/21/19872Memphis
50Blechen, Brian LB6-22309/30/19911Utah
72Crume, Eric DT6-033010/18/19931Syracuse
30Dixon, Travell DB6-12102/17/19911Washington
15Garrett, Keyarris WR6-32159/26/1992RTulsa
31Sanchez, Zack CB5-1118510/11/1993ROklahoma
85Sandland, Beau TE6-42552/23/1993RMontana State
38Simmons, Jalen RB5-82104/1/1992RSouth Carolina State
75Webster, Larry DE6-62722/14/19902Bloomsburg
61Yankey, David G6-63101/18/19922Stanford
Suspended Players
79Scott, Chris G6-43408/4/19875Tennessee
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
Carolina6-4319.46-3294.526.42134
 
 
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Position Listing
Beau Sandland
News
Sandland was among the Panthers' roster cuts Saturday.

Sandland was drafted in the seventh round of this year's draft, but failed to catch a pass over the course of the preseason, making his release Saturday rather unsurprising.

Devin Funchess
News
Funchess was targeted twice, but failed to catch a pass during Sunday's loss to the Vikings.

Funchess has endured a mostly disappointing start to this season, as he's managed just three catches (on 11 targets) for 28 yards and a touchdown in three games played. The second-year pro played nearly 55 percent of Sunday's offensive plays, which is just below his season average, but regardless of Funchess' snap count and his empty Week 2 touchdown, his production has not warranted much faith from fantasy owners this term.

Colin Jones
News
Panthers pecial teams ace and reserve safety Colin Jones will miss an extended period of time due to a groin injury, the team reported Monday. 

Jones, who hurt himself at the team's penultimate training camp practice, will see a specialist to determine the severity of the injury. 

"That's much more than a tweak," coach Ron Rivera said. "He's going to see a doctor and we'll go from there."

Leonard Johnson
News
Johnson (Achilles) was placed on the Panthers' reserve/NFI list on Monday, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.

Johnson also began training camp on the active/NFI list after undergoing offseason surgery to repair an Achilles injury suffered last season with the Patriots. Although no timetable was provided for his return, Johnson could theoretically resume playing after the first six weeks of the regular season.

Injury
Achilles - Out for Week 4 at Atlanta
Brian Blechen
No Updates
LaRon Byrd
News
Byrd (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.

Injury
Concussion - Injured Reserve
Kelvin Benjamin
News
Benjamin did not catch a pass and was only targeted once during Sunday's loss to the Vikings.

Benjamin started the season with 13 catches for 199 yards and three touchdowns in two games, but was essentially invisible Sunday against Minnesota's impressive defense. Although quarterback Cam Newton was sacked eight times, the towering wideout still wasn't targeted until the fourth quarter, and also committed two penalties while blocking, including one that negated a 56-yard touchdown catch by Fozzy Whittaker. On the back of the worst performance of his young career, Benjamin will aim to rebound in Week 4 against the Falcons defense that's proven vulnerable versus the pass thus far.

Corey Brown
News
Brown finished with four catches (on five targets) for 57 yards in Sunday's loss to the Vikings.

Brown has received at least five targets in back-to-back weeks now, even though his seven catches for 72 yards from those outings make for underwhelming per-game production. Still, it's encouraging to see Brown getting involved, especially since teammate Kelvin Benjamin was held without a catch Sunday.

Thomas Davis
News
Davis finished with 10 tackles (seven solo) and one sack in Sunday's loss to the Vikings.

Davis' 10 tackles marked his first double-digit output of this season and the veteran also added a sack for good measure. Through three games, Davis has totaled 17 stops, one sack and one interception, making for a well-rounded statistical profile.

Jonathan Stewart
News
Stewart (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against Minnesota.

This was merely a formality, as Stewart is expected to require a multi-week absence, leaving Fozzy Whittaker and Cameron Artis-Payne as the top two options at running back. Mike Tolbert and Cam Newton will also help with the rushing workload, particularly near the goal line.

Injury
Hamstring - Out for Week 4 at Atlanta
Donald Hawkins
News
The Cowboys announced the signing of two draft picks. 

The team signed fifth-round defensive end Ryan Russell, out of Purdue, and seventh-round linebacker Mark Nzeocha, out of Wyoming.

The team also waived linebacker Troy Davis and tackle Donald Hawkins while releasing linebacker Dekoda Watson

Devon Johnson
News
Johnson 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.

Injury
Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
Tyler Larsen
News
The Redskins announced the signing of offensive linemen Tyler Larsen and Ty Nsekhe on Tuesday.

Both Larsen and Nsekhe entered the NFL as undrafted free agents.

Cam Newton
News
Newton threw for 262 yards and three interceptions while completing 21 of 35 passes, and added 26 yards and a rushing touchdown on seven carries in Sunday's 22-10 loss to the Vikings.

Newton and the Panthers had a 14-game home winning streak snapped in this surprise defeat, and the star signal caller's poor play was the primary reason why. He salvaged his fantasy performance with a three-yard rushing touchdown, but even his rushing output was meager by the hulking quarterback's standards. Newton's strong start to the season suggests this performance was just an outlier, so expect a better effort next week in Atlanta.

James Bradberry
News
Bradberry was worked as a starting cornerback through training camp to date, the Charlotte Observer reports.

Bradberry was drafted in the second round this year after the Panthers removed cornerback Josh Norman's franchise tag, allowing him to leave the team. At 6'1", 211 pounds, Bradberry is even bigger than Norman and has taken his place as the Panthers' starting outside cornerback during camp. In doing so, Bradberry has impressed his teammates and coaches, seemingly making a first-team place his to lose in the build-up to this season, particularly given third-year pro Bene Benwikere's (leg) suitability to the nickel spot.

Ed Dickson
News
Dickson (groin) is in uniform and expected to start Friday against the Patriots, David Newton of ESPN reports.

With Greg Olsen (back) sitting out Friday, Dickson looks to be his replacement at tight end with the first-team offense. Dickson had been battling a groin injury that had sidelined him for the first two preseason games. He only returned to practice Wednesday, so his conditioning may prevent him playing a full allotment of snaps with the starters Friday.

Graham Gano
News
Gano made one of two field goal attempts and his lone extra-point try in Sunday's loss to the Vikings.

Gano's four points comprised 40 percent of Carolina's total Sunday, evidencing the team's struggles on the day. The kicker converted a 48-yard field goal on the Panthers' opening drive, but later hit the right upright on a 54-yard attempt during the second quarter. On the back of that performance, Gano has now made seven of nine field goals and seven of eight extra points this season, giving him 28 points through three games.

A.J. Klein
News
Klein (back) is active Thursday at Denver, Bryan Strickland of the Panthers' official site reports.

Klein was listed as questionable for this contest in spite of full practice sessions both Tuesday and Wednesday. With Luke Kuechly occupying the starting MLB spot in front of him, Klein will be contained to special teams.

Trai Turner
News
The Panthers unveiled a lengthy injury report for Sunday's game against Atlanta. Out of the 13 players listed on the report, Star Lotulelei (ankle) was the only player ruled out for Week 11. Bene Benwikere (ankle), Brandon Williams (foot) and Charles Johnson (rest) were labeled questionable.

The following players were deemed probable: Nate Chandler (toe), Jerricho Cotchery (hamstring), Roman Harper (rest), Kawann Short (ankle), Jonathan Stewart (ankle), Trai Turner (ankle), Melvin White (knee) and DeAngelo Williams (foot).

Zack Sanchez
News
The Panthers selected Sanchez in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, 141st overall.

Sanchez is a light corner (5-foot-11, 185 pounds) who doesn't press much and can give up some big plays, but he also has good ball skills for a corner and could prove a ballhawking threat, especially for a team with a pass rush as good as Carolina's.

Mike Remmers
News
The following players have been ruled inactive for the Panthers in Week 11 against the Falcons: CB Bene Benwikere, RB Chris Ogbonnaya, S  Robert Lester, T  David Foucault, G  Amini Silatolu, T  Mike Remmers and DT  Star Lotulelei.
Jared Norris
No Updates
Greg Olsen
News
Olsen turned 10 targets into six catches for 64 yards in Sunday's 22-10 loss to the Vikings.

Olsen's performance was surprisingly mediocre given that Carolina spent the majority of the second half playing from behind. Quarterback Cam Newton's inaccuracy was mostly to blame, though, as the tight end still led the team in targets, catches, and yards. With 259 yards and a touchdown on 18 receptions through three weeks, Olsen is unquestionably the focal point of the Panthers' passing game.

Lavar Edwards
News
Edwards was waived by the Bills on Friday, BuffaloBills.com reports.

Edwards hasn't played since 2014, when he was with the Cowboys for four games. He was competing for a backup position on the defensive line before being cut.

Damiere Byrd
News
Byrd is listed as inactive for Thursday's game in Denver, Bryan Strickland of the Panthers' official site reports.

Byrd and fellow wide receiver Brenton Bersin likely landed two of the final spots on the Panthers' 53-man roster. With both sitting out Thursday, Cam Newton will have just four wideouts at his disposal in the season opener.

Injury
Coach's Decision - Questionable for Week 4 at Atlanta
Chas Alecxih
News
Alecxih has suffered an unspecified knee injury, Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.

The severity of the injury is undisclosed, but head coach Ron Rivera noted that "it does not look good". Alecxih was reportedly having a strong camp prior to going down, but would have needed an excellent preseason showing to make the Panthers' final roster behind a stacked defensive line sporting the likes of DTs Star Lotulelei, Kawann Short, Paul Soliai and Vernon Butler.

Injury
Knee - Injured Reserve
Tre Boston
News
Boston will likely have a starting job, the Panthers' official site reports.

With Roman Harper departing in free agency, Boston is the projected starter alongside Kurt Coleman, who makes for the superior IDP option. A 2014 fourth-round selection, Boston does have six career starts to his name, with two of his three interceptions coming in the playoffs.

Dean Marlowe
News
Marlowe (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.

Injury
Hamstring - Injured Reserve
Kony Ealy
News
Ealy was back on the practice field Thursday after dealing with a concussion since Saturday, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.

Ealy remained under the league's concussion protocol until Wednesday, but passed all necessary tests in order to return for Thursday's morning session. The issue appears to be in the past as the Panthers look forward to their first preseason game against the Ravens in one week.

Mario Addison
News
Addison (shoulder) is active for Sunday's game against the Packers.

Addison, a rotational end for the Panthers, was forced to sit out Monday's win over the Colts with the shoulder issue, but looks like he made enough progress over the week to give it a go against Green Bay. The defensive end has 12 tackles and three sacks over six games this season.

Eric Crume
No Updates
Michael Oher
News
Panthers left tackle Michael Oher thinks he's in the perfect place for his career to bounce back, per the Charlotte Observer.

Oher, who is coming off his worst season as a pro, signed a two-year, $7 million deal with the Panthers this offseason. Now on his third team in three years, Oher doesn't want to let any of his new teammates down.

“It seemed like they wanted me,” Oher said. “I got the (same) feeling going into my rookie year of not wanting to let guys down and guys with a winning culture. For me, it’s about getting back to the basics and fundamentals of doing everything right. Looking myself in the mirror knowing what I have to do and getting better from within.”

Oher started his career with four solid seasons as a Raven before nagging injuries began to hamper him in 2013. He signed a four-year deal with the Titans last offseason but injuries continued to plaque him while there. The Panthers gave Oher another chance to prove himself this offseason, and currently list him as their starting left tackle.
“I’m doing everything in my power to make that happen,” Oher said. “I know that I have the abilities and I’m going to put in the correct amount of work to get the job done. It’s just being around more guys who are willing to do the same.

“It’s definitely about culture in the NFL. That wins you football games alone.”

Ted Ginn
News
Ginn caught two passes (on four targets) for 51 receiving yards and rushed once for five yards, but lost a fumble on a kickoff return during Sunday's win over the 49ers.

Ginn's muffed kickoff return during the fourth quarter set up a one-yard touchdown rush for the 49ers on the next play. Besides that error, the veteran speedster was his usual self, gaining 52 yards on one catch, even though his other grab Sunday lost a yard. Through Carolina's first two games, Ginn has three catches (on five targets) for 56 yards and two rushes for 25 yards, evidencing his big play potential despite being used sparingly thus far.

Kawann Short
News
Short (shoulder) is active for Week 3's tilt against the Vikings.

Short was limited in practice all week with a shoulder injury but has been cleared to play in Sunday's game. He could see his reps monitored closely as the team looks to prevent any further injuries, in which case look for Vernon Butler to see some extra action.

Luke Kuechly
News
Kuechly posted 13 tackles (nine solo) in Sunday's loss to the Vikings.

Kuechly has unsurprisingly been wildly productive to start this season, as his 34 total stops stem from three straight double-digit tackling performances, and he also recorded an interception in Week 2.

Charles Johnson
News
Johnson reported to training camp 10 pounds lighter, as he now checks in at 275 pounds, ESPN reports.

Johnson missed seven games last season due to a hamstring injury, so by dropping some excess weight, he'll hopefully be less susceptible to nagging injuries. Additionally, after his production took a huge hit when healthy last term, Johnson appears motivated for a rebound campaign, and could benefit from the attention Kawann Short and Kony Ealy draw from opposing blockers this season.

Joe Webb
News
Webb completed all five of his pass attempts for 60 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's preseason game against the Titans.

Although Cam Newton and Derek Anderson are locked in as the No. 1 and 2 signal-calkers, Webb should find his way onto the final roster for a third straight season, as he's the league's only third-string quarterback who also has a key role on special teams. However, his two-year contract is right around the veteran's minimum, which suggests he isn't quite a lock to make the team.

Marcus Ball
News
The Panthers signed Saints free agent safety Marcus Ball , the team announced on Thursday. Ball made 16 tackles in 12 games last year, after signing with the Saints out of the CFL. 

The Panthers also released safety Kimario McFadden

David Yankey
News
The Vikings declared safety Ahmad Dixon, cornerback Shaun Prater, running back Henry Josey, linebackers Chad Greenway and Brandon Watts, offensive tackle Carter Bykowski and guard David Yankey inactive for the game against Chicago.
Kevin Norwood
News
Norwood, who was carted off the field Thursday, has a hip pointer, Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.

It looks as if the injury isn't too severe for Norwood despite initial concerns. There is currently no timetable for the wide out's return, but with the young receiver still fighting for a spot on Carolina's final roster, he'll be looking to get back on the field as soon as possible.

Injury
Hip - Injured Reserve
Travell Dixon
News
Dixon left Saturday's preseason matchup with an apparent chest injury and is questionable to return, Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer reports.

In his NFL debut last week, Dixon tallied three tackles against Baltimore. The Washington product has taken reps at both cornerback and safety for Carolina in the early going, but with a lot of uncertainty surrounding Dixon and his injury, it remains to be seen if he'll be able to squeak onto the roster by preseason's end.

Injury
Chest - Questionable for Week 4 at Atlanta
Teddy Williams
News
Williams (groin) returned to practice on Sunday, Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.

Williams has been sidelined for more than a week now with a groin injury, but appears to be back to full strength and ready to return to the field. He's slated to be a depth option at cornerback during the upcoming season and should get his last preseason opportunity to prove his worth during the Panthers' finale versus the Steelers on Sept. 1.

David Mayo
News
Mayo suffered a left knee injury and is probable to return, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.

The specifics of the injury are still unknown, so look for more updates to come after the game. Thomas Davis is now the only healthy weakside linebacker on the roster.

Injury
Knee - Questionable for Week 4 at Atlanta
Star Lotulelei
News
Lotulelei (hamstring) is not listed on Monday's injury report.

Despite missing the entire preseason schedule, Lotulelei avoided the first injury report of the regular season. He thus figures to start and handle his usual workload in Thursday's game, with his presence taking on added importance against a Denver offense that should be committed to the run. Lotulelei's absence during the preseason was believed to be cautionary.

Andy Lee
News
Lee has been traded to Carolina, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.

This marks the second time that Lee has been traded in the last two months. In early June, Lee was shipped to Cleveland by way of San Francisco. It's unclear why the Browns opted to part ways with Lee, but Browns coach Hue Jackson did publicly criticize Lee for what he deemed a lack of effort in the team's third preseason affair. Either way, Lee will now look to continue his history of success on one of the league's best teams.

Derek Anderson
News
Anderson completed 12 of 20 passes for 118 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's preseason game against the Titans.

One of the league's more highly regarded backups, Anderson doesn't have much to gain or lose during the preseason. Carolina may opt to carry three quarterbacks for a third straight year, as third-stringer Joe Webb contributes on special teams.

Mike Tolbert
News
Tolbert rushed twice for five yards and caught two passes (on three targets) for 14 yards in Sunday's loss to the Vikings.

Tolbert was used in his usual situational role Sunday, which keeps him involved in the Panthers' offense, but limits his fantasy upside if he doesn't find the end zone.

Gino Gradkowski
News
The Falcons claimed center Gino Gradkowski off waivers from the Broncos on Monday. To clear a roster spot, they released center Joe Hawley.
Chris Scott
News
The Panthers and restricted free agent tackle Chris Scott have reached an agreement on a contract for 2015, Scott's agent announced on Twitter Monday.

Scott can still receive offers from other teams, but Carolina has the right to match it. Scott played eight games in 2014 for the Panthers and a career high 10 games in 2013. 

Injury
Suspension - Suspended until Week 5 vs. Tampa Bay
Scott Simonson
News
The Raiders were busy on Thursday as they continued to alter their roster before the start of manadatory minicamp, Adam Caplan of ESPN.com reports.

The team cut tight end Scott Simonson and linebackers Jacoby Hale and Miles Burris.

Oakland added wide receiver Kris Durham and linebacker Chase Williams. 

Shaq Green-Thompson
News
Thompson says he's more comfortable within the Panthers' defense heading into his second season.

Thompson was selected in the first round last year as a hybrid linebacker, but got off to a slow start due to a knee injury and a steep learning curve. However, as the season progressed, Thompson's play improved, a fact maybe best exemplified by his coverage work on Cardinals' wideout Larry Fitzgerald during Carolina's NFC Champions Game triumph. Going into his second season, Thompson feels fully acclimated in the Panthers' defensive scheme, where he should start at linebacker alongside Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis, forming arguably the league's most athletic trio of playmakers at the position.

Jeremy Cash
News
Cash (hamstring) won't play Sunday against the Vikings.

Cash's absence won't have much of an impact on the Panthers' defense. Veteran Thomas Davis and Shaq Thompson will start at outside linebacker per usual.

Injury
Hamstring - Questionable for Week 4 at Atlanta
J.J. Jansen
No Updates
Daryl Worley
News
Worley has been one of the Panthers' starting cornerbacks during training camp thus far, the Charlotte Observer reports.

Worley was drafted in the third round this year as someone that boasts the sort of size and physicality the Panthers desire from their cornerbacks. However, with Josh Norman gone and Bene Benwikere (leg) slowed to start camp, Worley and rookie second-rounder James Bradberry have been promoted to Carolina's first-team defense already. While Benwikere can play an outside role, he's arguably best at the nickel spot, so Worley has a real chance to lock down a starting position if he continues to impress over the course of the preseason.

Kurt Coleman
News
Coleman agreed to a three-year contract extension with the Panthers on Tuesday, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.

In his first season with Carolina, Coleman served as a defensive catalyst and helped lead the Panthers to the Super Bowl. The 28-year-old safety led the team with a career-high seven interceptions and finished third with 90 tackles. With cornerback Josh Norman no longer a piece of the Panthers' secondary, Carolina seems to have fully invested in Coleman.

Robert McClain
News
McClain (shoulder) was not on the Panthers' injury report Wednesday, Bryan Strickland of Panthers.com reports.

McClain was forced to leave Sunday's win over the 49ers due to a minor shoulder injury, but the issue doesn't appear to be a problem at this point. He's expected to be back on the field Week 3 against the Vikings, barring any setbacks.

Daryl Williams
News
The Panthers have announced the signing of three of their five selections from their 2015 draft. Linebacker Shaq Thompson (first round), offensive tackle Daryl Williams (fourth round) and linebacker David Mayo (fifth round) are ready to roll.

The versatile Thompson, who played both safety and running back at Washington, registered 81 tackles and six touchdowns his senior season.

Williams was a three-time All-Big 12 selection at Oklahoma.

Mayo was a three-year starter at Texas State and was named Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year honors after a senior season in which he racked up 154 tackles, the second-highest total in the country.

Jalen Simmons
No Updates
Jordan Rigsbee
Injury
Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
Andrew Norwell
News
The Panthers unveiled its final injury report for Week 13 against Minnesota. Star Lotulelei (ankle) and Amini Silatolu (knee) were the only two players on the list labeled as questionable. Charles Johnson is battling flu-like symptoms and was ruled as questionable.

Meanwhile, the following four players were designated as probable for Sunday: Bene Benwikere (ankle), Philly Brown (illness), Andrew Norwell (thigh) and Mike Tolbert (knee).

Bene' Benwikere
News
Benwikere (lower leg) is practicing in full pads and a helmet, indicating that his stint on the physically unable to perform list is over, David Newton of ESPN reports.

Benwikere was dealing with some lingering issues due to his lower leg fracture, but those seem to have cleared up. The cornerback is now ready to go for the season, barring any more setbacks.

Cameron Artis-Payne
News
Artis-Payne led the Panthers with 47 yards on 12 carries, while catching his lone target for 11 more in Sunday's 22-10 loss to the Vikings.

Artis-Payne got the majority of the work on the ground while Fozzy Whittaker was more involved as a receiver out of the backfield. The 2015 fifth-rounder looks like the Carolina running back to own until Jonathan Stewart (hamstring) comes back, but he'll still cede many goal-line carries to quarterback Cam Newton.

Ryan Kalil
News
The Panthers have ruled out quarterback Cam Newton (back) and guard Amini Silatolu (knee) for Week 14 against Tampa Bay. Running back DeAngelo Williams (hand) was the only player on Carolina's final injury report ruled doubtful for the game.

The following players were deemed as probable: Wide receiver Philly Brown (shoulder), cornerback Carrington Byndom (illness), center Ryan Kalil (rest), linebacker A.J. Klein (knee), tight end Greg Olsen (knee), guard Chris Scott (foot), guard Amini Silatolu (knee) and running back Jonathan Stewart (hip).

Fozzy Whittaker
News
Whittaker rushed five times for 22 yards, and added five catches for 34 more on six targets.

Whittaker took a back seat to Cameron Artis-Payne (12 carries for 47 yards), disappointing the many owners who looked his way after a 100-yard performance following Jonathan Stewart's hamstring injury last week. With quarterback Cam Newton also around to vulture short touchdowns like he did from three yards out in this one, Whittaker is unlikely to make much of an impact in the remainder of Stewart's absence.

Brenton Bersin
News
Bersin is inactive Thursday at Denver, Bryan Strickland of the Panthers' official site reports.

Bersin and fellow wideout Damiere Byrd likely landed two of the final spots on the Panthers' 53-man roster. With both taking a seat Thursday, Cam Newton will have just four wide receivers at his disposal in Week 1.

Paul Soliai
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Soliai is not a lock to make the final 53-man roster, the Panthers' official site reports.

Soliai, a former Pro Bowler, signed with Carolina earlier this offseason but is reportedly not guaranteed to make the team. The Panthers are expected to keep four defensive tackles, five at the most, with Star Lotulelei, Kawann Short and first-round pick Vernon Butler all listed as locks. That would mean Soliai will be in line to compete with the newly-resigned Kyle Love and Chas Alecxih for a roster spot. Soliai should be expected to win this battle.

Ryan Delaire
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Delaire was placed on injured reserve on Tuesday.

The specifics of the injury are still unknown as the team did not specify what happened to Delaire's knee. His placement on IR made room for the signing of Kevin Love and Michael Griffin. Delaire recorded two tackles in the first two games of the season.

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Knee - Injured Reserve
Vernon Butler
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Butler (ankle) is questionable to return to Sunday's game.

Butler injured his ankle during Sunday's contest against the Vikings. The severity is not yet known, but the fact that there is a possibility of return hints that the injury may not pose any long-term issues.

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Ankle - Questionable for Week 4 at Atlanta
Larry Webster
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Webster remains out of practice with a lingering hamstring injury, Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.

Webster pulled his hamstring nearly two weeks ago, so it's a bit concerning that he's still dealing with some lingering pain. He remains without a concrete timetable for a return and appears doubtful for the team's preseason matchup with the Titans on Saturday. Webster is a projected depth option at defensive end for the upcoming season and will need to get back to full strength if he wants to avoid falling any lower on the depth chart.

Injury
Hamstring - Questionable for Week 4 at Atlanta
Keyarris Garrett
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Garrett was cut by the Panthers on Saturday.

Garrett went undrafted out of Tulsa, but signed with the Panthers in May after leading the FBS in receiving yards last season. Despite appearing in all four preseason games, Garrett managed just four catches for 63 yards. Although he showed improvement in Carolina's final two exhibition outings, the team's deep, established group of receivers contributed toward Garrett's release.