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Carolina Panthers

Stadium: Bank of America Stadium | Coach: Ron Rivera
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense24th92.9 (27th)239.6 (17th)
Defense21st135.2 (28th)243.2 (18th)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
97Addison, Mario DE6-32609/6/19874Troy
3Anderson, Derek QB6-62306/15/198310Oregon State
81Avant, Jason WR6-02104/20/19839Michigan
77Bell, Byron T6-53401/17/19894New Mexico
13Benjamin, Kelvin WR6-52402/5/1991RFlorida State
25Benwikere, Bene' CB5-111959/3/1991RSan Jose State
11Bersin, Brenton WR6-32105/9/19901Wofford
33Boston, Tre SS6-12056/25/1992RNorth Carolina
16Brown, Philly WR5-1118012/16/1991ROhio State
20Cason, Antoine CB6-11957/9/19867Arizona
78Chandler, Nate T6-43156/1/19893UCLA
91Cole, Colin DT6-23306/24/19808Iowa
82Cotchery, Jerricho WR6-12056/16/198211North Carolina State
58Davis, Thomas OLB6-12353/22/198310Georgia
21DeCoud, Thomas FS6-21953/19/19857California
84Dickson, Ed TE6-42557/25/19875Oregon
31Dockery, James DB6-118511/9/19884Oregon State
94Ealy, Kony DE6-427512/21/1991RMissouri
92Edwards, Dwan DT6-33055/16/198111Oregon State
64Folkerts, Brian C6-43101/30/19902Washburn
63Foucault, David T6-83051/7/1989RNo College
9Gano, Graham K6-22054/9/19875Florida State
57Glanton, Adarius LB6-12309/21/1990RFlorida Atlantic
41Harper, Roman SS6-120512/11/19829Alabama
96Horton, Wes DE6-52701/18/19902USC
53Jacobs, Ben LB6-42454/17/19882Fresno State
44Jansen, J.J. LS6-22401/20/19867Notre Dame
95Johnson, Charles DE6-22857/10/19868Georgia
42Jones, Colin DB6-020510/27/19874Texas Christian
67Kalil, Ryan C6-23003/29/19858USC
56Klein, A.J. OLB6-12457/30/19912Iowa State
59Kuechly, Luke MLB6-32384/20/19913Boston College
38Lester, Robert SS6-12254/30/19882Alabama
98Lotulelei, Star DT6-232012/20/19892Utah
1Newton, Cam QB6-52455/11/19894Auburn
24Norman, Josh CB6-019512/15/19873Coastal Carolina
8Nortman, Brad P6-22109/12/19893Wisconsin
68Norwell, Andrew G6-631010/25/1991ROhio State
26Ogbonnaya, Chris RB6-02255/5/19865Texas
88Olsen, Greg TE6-52533/11/19858Miami (Fla.)
10Presley, De'Andre WR5-101901/10/19901Appalachian State
67Remmers, Mike T6-53004/11/19892Oregon State
75Scott, Chris T6-43458/4/19873Tennessee
99Short, Kawann DT6-33152/2/19892Purdue
66Silatolu, Amini G6-43159/16/19883Midwestern State
28Stewart, Jonathan RB5-102353/21/19877Oregon
35Tolbert, Mike FB5-924511/23/19857Coastal Carolina
70Turner, Trai G6-33206/14/1993RLouisiana State
75Velasco, Fernando G6-43102/22/19855Georgia
14Webb, Joe QB6-423011/14/19865Alabama-Birmingham
23White, Melvin CB6-12056/26/19902Louisiana-Lafayette
43Whittaker, Fozzy RB5-102052/2/19892Texas
34Williams, DeAngelo RB5-92154/25/19839Memphis
54Williams, Jason LB6-12454/23/19866Western Illinois
86Williams, Brandon TE6-425010/12/19872Oregon
Injured Players
93Blackburn, Chase (IR) OLB6-32406/10/198310Akron
5Blanchard, Matt (IR) QB6-32253/21/19891Wis.-Whitewater
47Brockel, Richie (IR) TE6-12557/24/19864Boise State
72Hughes, Kevin (IR) T6-43158/6/19882Southeastern Louisiana
70Kugbila, Edmund (IR) OL6-43259/21/19902Valdosta State
60Matthews, Kevin (IR) C6-33002/4/19874Texas A&M
65Williams, Garry (IR) T6-33158/20/19866Kentucky
Practice Squad
37Byndom, Carrington DB6-01807/7/1992RTexas
62Dennis, Derek G6-33257/16/19881Temple
84Hill, Stephen WR6-42154/25/19913Georgia Tech
83Lucas, Marcus WR6-42203/1/1992RMissouri
47Miller, Horace LB6-12108/28/1990RTexas-El Paso
27Poole, Tauren RB5-1021010/19/19892Tennessee
72Regis, Micanor DT6-330511/3/19891Miami (Fla.)
83Snead, Willie WR5-1119510/17/1992RBall State
64Wallace, Martin T6-63054/22/19902Temple
Suspended Players
90Alexander, Frank DE6-427012/17/19893Oklahoma
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
Carolina6-4317.36-3295.026.52134
 
 
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Position Listing
Matt Blanchard
News
The Panthers placed quarterback Matt Blanchard, tight end D.C. Jefferson and offensive lineman Kevin Matthews on injured reserve, ending their seasons. Receiver De'Andre Presley was placed on reserve/PUP, meaning he's ineligible for the first six games.
Injury
Undisclosed - IR. Out for season
Colin Jones
News
The Panthers extended the contracts of defensive end Mario Addison, safety Colin Jones and offensive tackle Nate Chandler. The team made the announcement on Wednesday. 

Addison received a two-year extension following three seasons of work in which he totaled 3.5 sakcs and 36 total tackles, most of which came on special teams. Jones also got a two-year extension and has similarly contributed on special teams, tallying 27 total tackles over 44 games. 

Chandler got a three-year extension and should begin the season as a starting tackle for the Panthers. 

Fernando Velasco
News
The Panthers signed center Fernando Velasco, who started 11 games for the Steelers last year.
Roman Harper
News
The Panthers will have their probables Week 8 against the Seahawks.

Byron Bell, Nate Chandler, Thomas Davis and Roman Harper are all active for the contest. Davis and Harper were on the injury report, but were listed as "not injury related." Bell has an elbow issue. Chandler is dealing with a thigh injury.

Colin Cole
News
The Panthers listed a lengthy injury report on Friday, which included five players on the report due to non-injury related reasons leading up to Sunday's Week 7 clash at Green Bay. Those players were defensive tackle Colin Cole, linebacker Thomas Davis, defensive tackle Dwan Edwards, safety Roman Harper and defensive end Charles Johnson. They were all deemed probable for the game.

Meanwhile, running back DeAngelo Williams (ankle), running back Fozzy Whittaker (thigh), guard Amini Silatolu (calf), linebacker Chase Blackburn (knee) and cornerback Bene' Benwikere (ankle) all did not practice Friday and were ruled doubtful for Sunday.

Wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin (concussion) and running back Darrin Reaves (calf) were the only two players deemed questionable. Running back Jonathan Stewart (knee), tight end Greg Olsen (ankle) and cornerback Josh Norman (concussion) were all ruled probable for Sunday's game.

Amini Silatolu
News
The Panthers ruled out left tackle Byron Bell (knee), running back Fozzy Whittaker (thigh), wideout Philly Brown (concussion), and guards Amini Silatolu (calf) and Trai Turner (knee) for Thursday's game against the Saints.
Richie Brockel
News
The Panthers put tight end Richie Brockel (ankle) on injured reserve, ending his season, and re-signed cornerback James Dockery, the team announced. Dockery played in five games for Carolina last year and was cut right before this season.
Injury
Ankle - IR. Out for season
Brian Folkerts
News
The Panthers made a few roster moves Wednesday. They signed center Brian Folkerts and wide receiver Marvin McNutt to the active roster, while also signing linebacker Ben Jacobs and linebacker Jeff Tapinian to the practice squad.
Stephen Hill
News
The Panthers signed former Jets receiver Stephen Hill to the practice squad Tuesday, terminating the contract of linebacker D.J. Smith in a related move.

Hill, a second-round pick in 2012, caught 45 passes for 594 yards and four touchdowns in 23 games played over two seasons. With a wide-open depth chart at his position in Carolina, Hill has the opportunity to work his way into playing time if he can impress his new team on the practice field.

Martin Wallace
News
The Browns claimed two more players off waivers, wideout LaRon Byrd from the Cowboys and offensive lineman Caylin Hauptmann from the Seahawks. In addition, Cleveland waived offensive linemen Karim Barton and Martin Wallace and wideout Charles Johnson.
Josh Norman
News
Panthers cornerback Josh Norman was a healthy scratch on Sunday against Green Bay, according to the Charlotte Observer. The decision was not made because of the concussion he suffered in Week 5. Melvin White will start in his place against the Packers.
Carrington Byndom
News
The Panthers filled up their practice squad, signing cornerback Carrington Byndom, linebackers Adarius Glanton and D.J. Smith, receivers Tavarres King and Marcus Lucas, safety Robert Leste, running back Darrin Reaves, offensive tackle Andrew McDonald and defensive tackles Micanor Regis and Casey Walker.
Chris Ogbonnaya
News
Panthers backup running back Chris Ogbonnaya was carted off the field from practice Friday, the Charlotte Observer has reported. The injury and its severity have yet to be announced.
Kelvin Benjamin
News
With the Panthers expected to pass a lot in Week 9 against a Saints team that ranks second in total offense and fifth in scoring offense, wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin figures to be one of the prime beneficiaries. After all, he's emerged as quarterback Cam Newton's preferred downfield target as a rookie and, at 6-feet-5, is a big target in the red zone as well.

After a strong start to the season, his yardage has been hit or miss lately, but generally speaking, when Newton is on, so is Benjamin. And all signs point to a big game for Newton. Not only is that the only way he keeps the Panthers in the game, but the Saints rank 31st against the pass, giving up 289.3 yards per game. They've also allowed the second-most Fantasy points per game to wide receivers.

Considering he's scored a touchdown in five of eight games this season, you're probably starting Benjamin regardless of any matchup data. But you can do so with confidence this week. Both Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard rank him among their top 10 wide receivers.

Philly Brown
News
The Panthers ruled out left tackle Byron Bell (knee), running back Fozzy Whittaker (thigh), wideout Philly Brown (concussion), and guards Amini Silatolu (calf) and Trai Turner (knee) for Thursday's game against the Saints.
Injury
Concussion - Did not practice. Questionable for Week 9 vs. New Orleans
Thomas Davis
News
The Panthers will have their probables Week 8 against the Seahawks.

Byron Bell, Nate Chandler, Thomas Davis and Roman Harper are all active for the contest. Davis and Harper were on the injury report, but were listed as "not injury related." Bell has an elbow issue. Chandler is dealing with a thigh injury.

Jonathan Stewart
News
Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart showed a bit more life in Week 8, and he did so against a tough matchup in a loss to the Seahawks Sunday.

Stewart ran for a season-high 79 yards on 16 carries, and averaged 4.9 yards per carry as result. He added three receptions for 15 yards, in what was by far his best performance of the season. And, the better news for Fantasy owners is, he was the only running back on the team to even touch the ball more than once, a good indication of what his role is on this team.

Until DeAngelo Williams can return from his ankle injury, Williams is the unquestioned No. 1 option in the team's running game. Though he is no longer the dynamic playmaker he was in his younger days, running backs with no competition for their role are hard to find in today's NFL. If he keeps getting 15-plus touches, Stewart probably belongs in most Fantasy lineups as a low-end running back or flex option. v

Kevin Matthews
News
The Panthers placed quarterback Matt Blanchard, tight end D.C. Jefferson and offensive lineman Kevin Matthews on injured reserve, ending their seasons. Receiver De'Andre Presley was placed on reserve/PUP, meaning he's ineligible for the first six games.
Injury
Kevin Hughes
News
Injury
Horace Miller
News
The Panthers signed running back Tauren Poole and linebacker Horace Miller to their practice squad.
Garry Williams
News
The Panthers have signed running back Tauren Poole off the practice squad and placed offensive lineman Garry Williams (back) on injured reserve. Poole has yet to receive a carry in his professional career.
Injury
David Foucault
News
Panthers undrafted rookie David Foucalt said he'll start Thursday against the Saints in place of left tackle Byron Bell, reports ESPN.com. Bell missed practice this week with a knee injury after starting the first eight games.
Cam Newton
News
Granted, Cam Newton hasn't been the most predictable quarterback from week to week, and because his production is largely a function of how often and how effectively he runs the ball, that doesn't figure to change. But after a disappointing showing against the Seahawks in Week 8, he should be in for an easier time Week 9 against the Saints.

After all, the Saints' explosive offense combined with their suspect defense predisposes them to shootouts. Of course, the last time I predicted a shootout for the Panthers Week 7 at Green Bay, it didn't go so well for Newton either, but that matchup wasn't as favorable as this one. The Saints rank 31st against the pass, allowing 289.3 yards per game, and have given up the eighth-most Fantasy points per game to quarterbacks.

In a week when high-profile quarterbacks like Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford, Matt Ryan and Jay Cutler are all on bye, I would think someone in a 12-team league would want to start Newton, even if that someone isn't you.

Antoine Cason
News
Panthers cornerback Antoine Cason came down with his first interception of the season in his first game with his new team Sunday against the Buccaneers.

Luke Kuechly batted a pass thrown by Josh McCown and Cason benefited with an interception in the first quarter. Cason led the team with nine total tackles and two defended passes in a 20-14 victory.
Ed Dickson
News
Panthers pass catchers Jerricho Cotchery and Ed Dickson did little Week 8 against the Seahawks.

Cotchery hauled in three passes for 33 yards. That was good enough for the second-most receiving yards on the team, showing just how much the Panthers struggled to move the ball. Dickson caught one pass, gaining 13 yards.

Both players will look for more Week 9 against the Saints. 

DeAngelo Williams
News
The Panthers listed running back DeAngelo Williams as probable for Thursday's game against the Saints. Williams practiced on a limited basis this week after missing four straight games with an ankle injury and is expected to split carries with Jonathan Stewart.
Injury
Ankle - Limited practice. Questionable for Week 9 vs. New Orleans
Robert Lester
News
The Panthers announced a few roster moves Tuesday, which included waiving running back Darrin Reaves and placing linebacker Chase Blackburn (knee) on injured reserve. Reaves became expendable since DeAngelo Williams is set to return from an ankle injury Thursday against the Saints.

The Panthers also announced they signed offensive tackle Mike Remmers off the Rams practice squad and promoted safety Robert Lester to the 53-man roster.

Thomas DeCoud
News
The Panthers released their injury report for Thursday's game against the Saints. Safety Thomas DeCoud (hamstring) and defensive tackle Kawann Short (ankle) are questionable, while offensive tackle Nate Chandler (thigh) and linebacker Jason Williams (hip) are probable.
Injury
Hamstring - Did not practice. Questionable for Week 9 vs. New Orleans
Graham Gano
News
Panthers kicker Graham Gano hit three field goals Week 8.

Gano was the only source of offense for Carolina. He hit from 26, 31 and 46 yards during the contest. Gano did not receive an extra point attempt. He'll take on the Saints Week 9.

A.J. Klein
News
Panthers defensive lineman Greg Hardy and linebacker A.J. Klein both contributed a sack Week 13 against the Buccaneers. For Hardy, it was his seventh sack of the season. For Klein, it was just his second.

The sack was Hardy's only tackle on the day. Klein finished with three, all solo.

Trai Turner
News
The Panthers ruled out left tackle Byron Bell (knee), running back Fozzy Whittaker (thigh), wideout Philly Brown (concussion), and guards Amini Silatolu (calf) and Trai Turner (knee) for Thursday's game against the Saints.
Nate Chandler
News
Panthers offensive tackle Nate Chandler did not practice Thursday due to a thigh injury. However, coach Ron Rivera is confident Chandler will be able to play Week 8 against the Seahawks.
Adarius Glanton
News
The Panthers waived safety Robert Lester and signed linebacker Adarius Glanton off the practice squad Saturday. Lester was just promoted from the practice squad earlier in the week but the team has decided instead to carry an extra linebacker.
Mike Remmers
News
The Panthers announced a few roster moves Tuesday, which included waiving running back Darrin Reaves and placing linebacker Chase Blackburn (knee) on injured reserve. Reaves became expendable since DeAngelo Williams is set to return from an ankle injury Thursday against the Saints.

The Panthers also announced they signed offensive tackle Mike Remmers off the Rams practice squad and promoted safety Robert Lester to the 53-man roster.

Greg Olsen
News
Panthers coach Ron Rivera mentioned Monday that the reason tight end Greg Olsen had only one catch for 16 yards in Week 8 is because the Seahawks rotated their coverage toward him, particularly in the red zone. You can understand why they'd do that after Olsen averaged 70.4 yards with four touchdowns in his first four games.

Unfortunately, since the Seahawks limited the Panthers to just nine points in that game, they've invited other teams to emulate them, and while the Saints, Olsen's Week 9 opponent, certainly aren't the Seahawks defensively, they've done good job of containing tight ends this season, giving up the second-fewest Fantasy points per game to them. And that's even though they rank 31st against the pass.

But just because you can make a reasonable case to sit one this year's most productive and reliable tight ends doesn't mean you should follow through with it. Week 8 was just the second time in eight games that Olsen's production didn't justify a starting spot -- a terrific ratio for any player, regardless of position -- and the Saints haven't really faced a team with a top-flight tight end until now.

If quarterback Cam Newton has big numbers in this game -- and the data suggest he should -- Olsen will, too. Keep him active.

Tre Boston
News
Running backs DeAngelo Williams (ankle) and Jonathan Stewart (knee) headline a trio of injured players on the inactive list issued Sunday by the Panthers for the game against Chicago. Also hurt is tight end/fullback Richie Brockel (ankle).

The healthy scratches are quarterback Joe Webb, safety Tre Boston, linebacker D.J. Smith and guard Andrew Norwell.

Brad Nortman
No Updates
Kony Ealy
News
The Panthers have ruled the following players as inactive for Week 1 at Tampa Bay: Cam Newton, Brenton Bersin, Tre Boston, David Foucault, Andrew Norwell, Brandon Williams and Kony Ealy.
Bene' Benwikere
News
The Panthers have listed RB DeAngelo Williams, RB Fozzy Whittaker, CB Bene Benwikere, OG Amini Silatolu, OG Trai Turner, WR Philly Brown and LB Chase Blackburn as inactive Week 8 against the Seahawks. 

Blackburn, Brown and Williams had already been ruled out coming into the contest. Williams has now missed four straight games due to an ankle injury. 

Mario Addison
News
After opening the season with two strong performances, the Panthers DST got run over Week 3 by the Steelers. Carolina allowed a whopping 264 rushing yards and 454 total yards in the 37-19 loss. Pittsburgh averaged 7.8 yards per carry.

Carolina mustered one sack, by defensive end Mario Addison, and zero turnovers. The Panthers DST will try to bounce back Week 4 at Baltimore.

Marcus Lucas
News
The Panthers filled up their practice squad, signing cornerback Carrington Byndom, linebackers Adarius Glanton and D.J. Smith, receivers Tavarres King and Marcus Lucas, safety Robert Leste, running back Darrin Reaves, offensive tackle Andrew McDonald and defensive tackles Micanor Regis and Casey Walker.
Melvin White
News
Defensive end Charles Johnson (hip) is one of two Panthers deemed questionable for the Sunday battle against visiting Chicago. The other is tight end Ed Dickson, who is also dealing with a hip issue.

Ruled out are tight end Richie Brockel (ankle) and running back DeAngelo Williams. Fellow running back Jonathan Stewart (knee) is doubtful while linebacker Thomas Davis (hip), cornerback Melvin White (thigh) and running back Fozzy Whittaker (thigh) are all probable.

Kawann Short
News
Panthers second-year defensive tackle Kawann Short made his first start of the season Week 8 vs. Seattle. Short, who finished with four tackles (one solo), did a good enough job that coach Ron Rivera said Monday he will continue to start at defensive tackle.
Injury
Ankle - Limited practice. Questionable for Week 9 vs. New Orleans
Luke Kuechly
News
Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly will not be fined for making contact with an official during his team's Week 7 loss to the Packers, NFL.com reports.

Kuechly was ejected from Sunday's game after the incident, which the linebacker contends happened because he wasn't aware it was an official pulling him from behind after a play. Panthers coach Ron Rivera disagreed with the decision to eject Kuechly and predicted the linebacker wouldn't face a fine.

Ben Jacobs
News
The Panthers signed their entire practice squad to reserve/futures contracts, reports the Charlotte Observer. The squad consists of wideout Brenton Bersin, quarterback Matt Blanchard, linebacker Ben Jacobs, guard Michael Jasper, tight end D.C. Jefferson, offensive tackle Andrew McDonald, cornerback DeAndre Presley and defensive end Craig Roh.
Wes Horton
News
The Panthers have listed WR Tavarres King, WR Marvin McNutt, CB Josh Norman, RB Jonathan Stewart, LB Dan Connor, OL Travis Bond and DE Wes Horton as inactive against the 49ers. 

Stewart attempted to get through practice this week despite a knee injury. The other six players are healthy scratches.

Charles Johnson
News
The Panthers listed a lengthy injury report on Friday, which included five players on the report due to non-injury related reasons leading up to Sunday's Week 7 clash at Green Bay. Those players were defensive tackle Colin Cole, linebacker Thomas Davis, defensive tackle Dwan Edwards, safety Roman Harper and defensive end Charles Johnson. They were all deemed probable for the game.

Meanwhile, running back DeAngelo Williams (ankle), running back Fozzy Whittaker (thigh), guard Amini Silatolu (calf), linebacker Chase Blackburn (knee) and cornerback Bene' Benwikere (ankle) all did not practice Friday and were ruled doubtful for Sunday.

Wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin (concussion) and running back Darrin Reaves (calf) were the only two players deemed questionable. Running back Jonathan Stewart (knee), tight end Greg Olsen (ankle) and cornerback Josh Norman (concussion) were all ruled probable for Sunday's game.

Joe Webb
News
The following players have been labeled inactive for the Panthers Week 7 at Green Bay: Joe Webb, Josh Norman, Bene Benwikere, DeAngelo Williams, Fozzy Whittaker, Amini Silatolu and Chase Blackburn.
Edmund Kugbila
News
Panthers guard Edmund Kugbila will undergo surgery Friday to repair cracks in his spinal cord, reports the Charlotte Observer. The 2013 fourth-round pick is out for the year.
Injury
Dwan Edwards
News
The Panthers listed a lengthy injury report on Friday, which included five players on the report due to non-injury related reasons leading up to Sunday's Week 7 clash at Green Bay. Those players were defensive tackle Colin Cole, linebacker Thomas Davis, defensive tackle Dwan Edwards, safety Roman Harper and defensive end Charles Johnson. They were all deemed probable for the game.

Meanwhile, running back DeAngelo Williams (ankle), running back Fozzy Whittaker (thigh), guard Amini Silatolu (calf), linebacker Chase Blackburn (knee) and cornerback Bene' Benwikere (ankle) all did not practice Friday and were ruled doubtful for Sunday.

Wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin (concussion) and running back Darrin Reaves (calf) were the only two players deemed questionable. Running back Jonathan Stewart (knee), tight end Greg Olsen (ankle) and cornerback Josh Norman (concussion) were all ruled probable for Sunday's game.

Jason Williams
News
The Panthers will have Chris Ogbonnaya and Jason Williams Week 8 against the Seahawks.

Both players came into the game listed as questionable, but are active. Ogbonnaya is dealing with a groin injury. Williams has a hip issue. 

Injury
Hip - Limited practice. Questionable for Week 9 vs. New Orleans
Micanor Regis
News
The Panthers filled up their practice squad, signing cornerback Carrington Byndom, linebackers Adarius Glanton and D.J. Smith, receivers Tavarres King and Marcus Lucas, safety Robert Leste, running back Darrin Reaves, offensive tackle Andrew McDonald and defensive tackles Micanor Regis and Casey Walker.
Star Lotulelei
News
The Panthers drafted defensive tackle Star Lotulelei 14th overall last April and got "everything they hoped for," according to the team's website. The 6-2, 315-pound rookie helped Carolina improve from 14th in run defense (110.1 yards allowed per game) to second in 2013 (86.9).

He started all 16 regular-season games, getting 47 tackles, three sacks and 11 quarterback pressures. In the playoff loss to San Francisco, Lotulelei made six tackles, one for loss.

Derek Anderson
News
Panthers quarterback Cam Newton took a step back and had two of his offensive lineman go down with injuries in a disappointing performance Week 7 at Green Bay.

Newton was intercepted by Casey Hayward late in the third quarter before bouncing back with a 13-yard touchdown pass to Kelvin Benjamin in the fourth quarter. With the game well out of hand in the fourth quarter, Newton was subbed out for Derek Anderson, who fired a touchdown pass to Brenton Bersin late in the game.

Newton compiled 205 passing yards while completing 17 of 31 passes. He threw for a touchdown and was intercepted once, registering a 72.6 passer rating. He was sacked three times and rushed for 41 yards on seven carries in a 38-17 defeat.

Newton and the Panthers will look to get back on track Week 8 at home against Seattle.

Jerricho Cotchery
News
Panthers pass catchers Jerricho Cotchery and Ed Dickson did little Week 8 against the Seahawks.

Cotchery hauled in three passes for 33 yards. That was good enough for the second-most receiving yards on the team, showing just how much the Panthers struggled to move the ball. Dickson caught one pass, gaining 13 yards.

Both players will look for more Week 9 against the Saints. 

Mike Tolbert
News
Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams is considered week to week after suffering a sprained ankle Sunday at Baltimore, according to NFL.com. His status for Week 5 against the Bears is in serious doubt.

With Mike Tolbert, Jonathan Stewart, Fozzy Whittaker and Williams all nursing injuries, the only two healthy running backs on the Panthers' roster are Darrin Reaves and Tauren Poole.

Injury
Leg - IR. Designated for return
Chris Scott
News
The Panthers promoted guard Chris Scott to the active roster. He takes the roster spot occupied by safety Charles Godfrey, who was released.
Willie Snead
News
J.J. Jansen
No Updates
Andrew Norwell
News
Panthers quarterback Joe Webb, cornerback Josh Norman, cornerback Bene Benwikere, linebacker D.J. Smith and guard Andrew Norwell were among the team's inactives Week 6 at Cincinnati.
De'Andre Presley
News
The Panthers placed quarterback Matt Blanchard, tight end D.C. Jefferson and offensive lineman Kevin Matthews on injured reserve, ending their seasons. Receiver De'Andre Presley was placed on reserve/PUP, meaning he's ineligible for the first six games.
Frank Alexander
News
Panthers defensive end Frank Alexander has been suspended for the next 10 games by the league, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. He had already been suspended for four games for violating the NFL substance abuse policy.

Alexander played in all but four games the past two seasons. But he will not be eligible to play again until Week 15. That would allow him to play just three games in 2014.

Injury
Suspension - Eligible to return Week 16 vs. Cleveland
Ryan Kalil
News
The Panthers restructured center Ryan Kalil's contract, reducing his 2014 base salary from $4.75 million to $855,000 and converting the remainder to a signing bonus, reports the Charlotte Observer. Kalil is one of three Panthers who had his deal redone, enabling Carolina to create $7.25 million in cap room.

Kalil's 2014 cap number fell from $10.4 million to $7.3 million.

Jason Avant
News
The Panthers backup running backs did little Week 8 against the Seahawks.

Carolina was content to run with Jonathan Stewart and Cam Newton most of the game. Chris Ogbonnaya had just one carry, picking up nine yards. Wideout Jason Avant even managed a carry, but gained just one yard. Darrin Reaves also gained one yard on his only carry.

They'll look for more Week 9 against the Saints. 

Fozzy Whittaker
News
The Panthers ruled out left tackle Byron Bell (knee), running back Fozzy Whittaker (thigh), wideout Philly Brown (concussion), and guards Amini Silatolu (calf) and Trai Turner (knee) for Thursday's game against the Saints.
Injury
Leg - Left Week 6 at Cincinnati
Derek Dennis
News
The Panthers signed offensive lineman Derek Dennis to their practice squad. He was among their final cuts last month.
Byron Bell
News
Panthers undrafted rookie David Foucalt said he'll start Thursday against the Saints in place of left tackle Byron Bell, reports ESPN.com. Bell missed practice this week with a knee injury after starting the first eight games.
Brandon Williams
News
The Panthers received some minor contributions from several role players in a Week 7 loss to he Packers. 

Chris Ogbonnaya worked behind Jonathan Stewart and only rushed for 12 yards on four carries. He was targeted once in the passing game and was held without a grab. Brandon Williams caught two of three targets for 22 yards. Ed Dickson took a step back and was held without a catch despite being targeted once in a 38-17 defeat.

Brenton Bersin
News
Panthers wide receiver Brenton Bersin came down with his first career touchdown in a Week 7 defeat to the Packers on Sunday.

With the game well out of hand, Bersin saw most of his work on the final drive of the afternoon. He came down with a 1-yard touchdown reception with 1:24 remaining in the game. He was thrown to five times and finished with 21 yards and a score in a 38-17 defeat.

The Panthers will host the Seahawks in Week 8.

Tauren Poole
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The Panthers signed running back Tauren Poole and linebacker Horace Miller to their practice squad.
Chase Blackburn
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The Panthers announced a few roster moves Tuesday, which included waiving running back Darrin Reaves and placing linebacker Chase Blackburn (knee) on injured reserve. Reaves became expendable since DeAngelo Williams is set to return from an ankle injury Thursday against the Saints.

The Panthers also announced they signed offensive tackle Mike Remmers off the Rams practice squad and promoted safety Robert Lester to the 53-man roster.

Injury
Knee - IR. Out for season
James Dockery
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The Panthers put tight end Richie Brockel (ankle) on injured reserve, ending his season, and re-signed cornerback James Dockery, the team announced. Dockery played in five games for Carolina last year and was cut right before this season.
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