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Carolina Panthers

Stadium: Bank of America Stadium | Coach: Ron Rivera
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense19th113.4 (10th)230.3 (21st)
Defense21st91.6 (6th)268.2 (29th)
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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
11Bersin, Brenton WR6-32105/9/19903Wofford
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 LB6-021512/9/1992RDuke
20Coleman, Kurt SS5-112004/1/19887Ohio State
58Davis, Thomas OLB6-12353/22/198312Georgia
84Dickson, Ed TE6-42557/25/19877Oregon
30Dixon, Travell DB6-12102/17/19911Washington
94Ealy, Kony DE6-427512/21/19913Missouri
71France, Dan OL6-63124/1/19911Michigan State
9Gano, Graham K6-22054/9/19877Florida State
19Ginn, Ted WR5-111804/12/198510Ohio State
54Green-Thompson, Shaq OLB6-02304/21/19942Washington
22Griffin, Michael FS6-02151/4/198510Texas
96Horton, Wes DE6-52651/18/19904USC
53Jacobs, Ben LB6-42404/17/19884Fresno State
44Jansen, J.J. LS6-22401/20/19869Notre Dame
23Johnson, Leonard DB5-102003/30/19905Iowa State
95Johnson, Charles DE6-22757/10/198610Georgia
42Jones, Colin FS6-020510/27/19876Texas Christian
56Klein, A.J. MLB6-12407/30/19914Iowa State
59Kuechly, Luke MLB6-32384/20/19915Boston College
69Larsen, Tyler C6-43357/8/19911Utah
98Lotulelei, Star DT6-231512/20/19894Utah
77Love, Kyle DE6-131511/18/19865Mississippi State
82Manhertz, Chris TE6-62554/10/19921Canisius
55Mayo, David LB6-22458/8/19932Texas State
1Newton, Cam QB6-52455/11/19896Auburn
52Norris, Jared ILB6-12407/19/1993RUtah
68Norwell, Andrew G6-632510/25/19913Ohio State
88Olsen, Greg TE6-52553/11/198510Miami (Fla.)
5Palardy, Michael P5-111917/6/19921Tennessee
74Remmers, Mike T6-53104/11/19894Oregon State
79Scott, Chris G6-43408/4/19875Tennessee
99Short, Kawann DT6-33152/2/19894Purdue
90Soliai, Paul DE6-434512/30/198310Utah
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
75Webster, Larry DE6-62722/14/19902Bloomsburg
62Wendell, Ryan G6-23003/4/19868Fresno State
43Whittaker, Fozzy RB5-102052/2/19894Texas
60Williams, Daryl T6-63358/31/19922Oklahoma
26Worley, Daryl CB6-12052/22/1995RWest Virginia
61Yankey, David G6-63101/18/19922Stanford
25Young, Lou DB6-020510/9/19911Georgia Tech
Injured Players
65Alecxih, Chas (IR) DT6-42952/10/19891Pittsburgh
33Boston, Tre (IR) FS6-12056/25/19923North Carolina
86Byrd, LaRon (IR) WR6-42258/18/19893Miami (Fla.)
91Delaire, Ryan (IR) DE6-42651/17/19922Towson
17Funchess, Devin (IR) WR6-42255/21/19942Michigan
66Gradkowski, Gino (IR) C6-330011/5/19885Delaware
47Johnson, Devon (IR) RB6-02457/28/1993RMarshall
67Kalil, Ryan (IR) C6-23003/29/198510USC
8Lee, Andy (IR) P6-11858/11/198213Pittsburgh
29Marlowe, Dean (IR) FS6-12107/25/19922James Madison
73Oher, Michael (IR) T6-43155/28/19868Mississippi
72Rigsbee, Jordan (IR) G6-43153/5/1993RCalifornia
31Sanchez, Zack (IR) CB5-1118510/11/1993ROklahoma
21Williams, Teddy (IR) DB6-12107/3/19885Texas-San Antonio
Practice Squad
 Clausell, Blaine T6-63211/31/19921Mississippi State
15Garrett, Keyarris WR6-32159/26/1992RTulsa
 Patmon, Tyler DB5-101881/26/19913Oklahoma State
38Simmons, Jalen RB5-82104/1/1992RSouth Carolina State
 Simonson, Scott TE6-52554/13/19922Assumption
 Slater, Pearce T6-733510/1/1993RSan Diego State
 Southward, Dezmen DB6-221010/1/19903Wisconsin
 Thompson, Tyrus T6-533011/17/19911Oklahoma
 Wallace, Eric TE6-723312/13/1988RSeattle
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
Carolina6-4317.86-3293.526.72134
 
 
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Position Listing
Ryan Wendell
News
Three injured players have been placed on the inactive list by the Patriots for their season opener Thursday night against Pittsburgh. They are running back Travaris Cadet (hamstring), defensive lineman Trey Flowers (knee) and safety Tavon Wilson (quad).

The healthy inactives are offensive lineman Ryan Wendell, defensive lineman Khyri Thornton, linebacker Rufus Johnson and cornerback Justin Coleman.

Devin Funchess
News
Funchess (knee) caught 23 passes (on 59 targets) for 371 yards and four touchdowns in 15 games played this season.

Funchess was the subject of considerable preseason hype, but his sophomore campaign fell flat across all categories. With fellow big-bodied wideout Kelvin Benjamin returning from last season's knee injury, Funchess was deemed redundant in a low-volume, low-efficiency Panthers passing game that featured Benjamin and tight end Greg Olsen most often. In fact, Funchess was on the field for under half of Carolina's offensive plays, and he missed the team's final regular season game due to a knee problem of his own. While his four receiving touchdowns trailed only Benjamin among his teammates, Funchess failed to top three catches and/or 56 yards in a single game this season. Although veteran slot receiver Ted Ginn's upcoming free agency gives Funchess a potential path to more looks, it'll be hard not to second-guess any inflated expectations that may surround him ahead of next season.

Injury
Knee - Injured Reserve
Colin Jones
News
Jones (concussion) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Raiders.

Jones' availability for Sunday was expected after practicing in full throughout the week. Starting free safety Tre Boston (ankle) is also active, so Jones is slated to serve as his backup.

Leonard Johnson
News
Johnson, who is dealing with several minor injuries, is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Raiders.

Johnson is slated to back-up James Bradberry and Daryl Worley at cornerback in Week 12 after nursing injuries to his chest, ribs, and shoulder.

Dezmen Southward
News
Southward has been signed to a future contract by the Panthers, Bryan Strickland of Panthers.com reports.

Southward ended the 2016 season as a member of Carolina's practice squad, and the former third-rounder will have a shot at making the active roster throughout the upcoming offseason.

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 secured six of seven targets for 93 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 17-16 loss to the Bucs.

Benjamin closed out his third season in fine fashion, ripping off a game-long 47-yard catch-and-run and also hauling in a five-yard touchdown from Cam Newton with 17 seconds remaining in the game. While the ensuing two-point conversion was unsuccessful, the performance provided Benjamin with some momentum heading into the offseason. He wraps up 2016 with a combined 10 catches for 156 yards and two touchdowns over his last two contests.

Corey Brown
News
Brown caught 27 passes (on 53 targets) for 276 yards and a touchdown in 16 games played this season.

Brown made decent strides in a wildly successful 2015 Panthers offense, but as the team's performance mightily declined this season, so too did his. Behind Kelvin Benjamin, Ted Ginn and Devin Funchess on Carolina's depth chart, and with tight end Greg Olsen a focus of the team's passing game, Brown's numbers more closely resembled those from his 2014 rookie year, not his 31/447/4 line from last season. The shifty wideout's production tailed off considerably over the second half of the season, as Brown only caught seven passes for 82 yards across his final seven games. Now slated to become a restricted free agent this offseason, it's unclear whether Brown will be back in Carolina, but his fantasy stock isn't all that enticing anyway.

Thomas Davis
News
Davis finished this season with 106 tackles (73 solo), three interceptions, 2.5 sacks and two fumble recoveries in 16 games played.

Davis has now put together five straight 100-tackle seasons, with his 106 stops this year marking the third-most in his impressive 12-year career. Along with leading the Panthers in that category, Davis also intercepted at least three passes for the second consecutive season. Despite being 33 years old, Davis has shown no signs of aging, and should remain a strong IDP option alongside Luke Kuechly in the heart of Carolina's defense next season.

Jonathan Stewart
News
Stewart (foot) rushed for 65 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries while also securing one of two targets for seven yards in Sunday's 17-16 loss to the Bucs.

The veteran running back turned in a workmanlike performance, and finished the season with 20 or more carries in three of his last four games. With Cam Newton running less than in previous seasons, presumably due in large part to injury concerns, Stewart averaged a solid 16.7 rushing attempts per game in his age-29 campaign. His nine rushing touchdowns also represent his best total in that category since he crossed the goal line on 10 occasions way back in 2009.

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
Larsen was cut by the Panthers on Saturday, Bryan Strickland of the team's official site reports.

Larsen was released to clear up space for recently signed Chris Scott. The rookie out of Utah has yet to play in an NFL game.

Cam Newton
News
Newton will not undergo surgery on his shoulder this offseason.

Newton has been bothered by his shoulder for the past handful of weeks, leaving him as a limited participant in practice most days. The reigning MVP will just need to rest the shoulder over the next few months and should be cleared to participate in offseason workouts.

Injury
Shoulder - Questionable for the start of training camp
James Bradberry
News
Bradberry posted 59 tackles (47 solo) and two interceptions in 13 games played this season.

Bradberry was drafted in the second round and became an immediate starter in the role vacated by Josh Norman leaving the Panthers. Although that put considerable pressure on Bradberry to start his career, he emerged as Carolina's best cornerback over the course of his rookie season. The Panthers struggled mightily in pass defense when he was sidelined for three games due to a foot problem, but that absence still didn't prevent him from leading the team in pass deflections. The 23-year-old will aim to make further strides in his performance next season.

Ed Dickson
News
Dickson caught 10 passes (on 19 targets) for 134 yards and a touchdown in 16 games played this season.

Dickson has yet to top 17 receptions in any of his three seasons in Carolina, where he's served as Pro-Bowler Greg Olsen's backup at tight end since joining from the Ravens. With another year left on his contract with the Panthers, Dickson figures to occupy the same role next season, keeping his fantasy value severely restricted.

Graham Gano
News
Gano underwent surgery Friday to repair a broken bone in the heel of his plant foot, Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.

Gano originally suffered the injury during Week 14's win over the Chargers, but he was able to play through the pain throughout the Panthers' final three games. He figures to be back at full health by the time training camp rolls around.

Injury
Foot - Questionable for the start of training camp
Tyler Patmon
News
Patmon was waived by Tennessee on Tuesday, Brandon George of The Dallas Morning News reports.

The 25-year-old has tallied 21 combined tackles across 24 career games for the Cowboys and Dolphins.

A.J. Klein
News
Klein posted seven tackles (four solo) and one sack Sunday against the Chargers.

Klein enjoyed his best statistical outing of this season in his third straight start in place of Luke Kuechly (concussion) Sunday. His seven tackles trailed only two teammates and his sack marked his first of the current campaign.

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).

Michael Palardy
News
Palardy signed with the Panthers on Monday.

Palardy was released by Carolina during OTAs, but after Andy Lee pulled his hamstring Sunday against the Chiefs, he'll now rejoin the Panthers and assume punting duties going forward.

Zack Sanchez
News
Sanchez (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.

Injury
Groin - Injured Reserve
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 (elbow) secured three of four targets for 22 yards in Sunday's 17-16 loss to the Bucs.

Olsen was limited to one of his quietest performances of the season, as his reception and yardage totals were both his second lowest in a game this season. Despite the disappointing finish, the veteran tight end still finishes with the second-best reception (80) and yardage (1,073) totals of his career, along with a record third consecutive 1,000-yard season that serves as a record for a tight end.

Damiere Byrd
News
Byrd's only appearance this season came in Carolina's Week 17 loss to the Buccaneers, when he caught his lone target for 16 yards.

Byrd, an undrafted rookie from South Carolina, was demoted to the Panthers practice squad after being inactive for the first five weeks of this season. While he was ultimately able to make one regular season appearance, Byrd will need to compete for a roster spot in 2017.

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 (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.

Injury
Knee - Injured Reserve
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 collected a sack, a forced fumble and three tackles Sunday against the Seahawks.

After failing to record a sack in seven games of the year, Ealy has notched three of them over his last five games. Although he's not a consistent playmaker, his recent streak suggests he could be improving just as the fantasy playoffs begin, and in deeper IDP leagues, he could be worth a roster spot.

Mario Addison
News
Addison (foot) is active for Sunday's game against the Chargers, Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer reports.

Addison, the Panthers' leader with 6.5 sacks on the season, had missed the past two games with the foot injury and was questionable heading into Sunday. However, after logging a full practice Friday, it looks like the Panthers will give him the green light to play. He'll provide the team an important pass-rushing weapon and make life difficult for opposing quarterback Philip Rivers.

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.”

Injury
Concussion - Injured Reserve
Ted Ginn
News
Ginn secured four of seven targets for 69 yards in Sunday's 17-16 loss to the Bucs. He also rushed for 24 yards on two rushes and netted zero yards on one punt return.

Ginn had a touchdown called back and instead settled for a 39-yard gain on a play where his knee was ruled to have come down before he stood back up and continued running downfield. Nevertheless, the speedy veteran checked in second to Kelvin Benjamin in receptions and yardage on the Panthers in the contest, while equaling the latter's team-high seven targets. Despite his reputation as a downfield threat with suspect hands, Ginn turned in a serviceable performance as a No. 2 receiver in 2016, posting the second-best career reception (54) and yardage (752) totals of his career.

Kawann Short
News
Short registered three tackles (all solo) and two sacks Sunday against the Chargers.

Short's two quarterback takedowns Sunday now give him five sacks on the current campaign. While that pales in comparison to last season's 11, it was at least encouraging to see Short back at his best Sunday.

Luke Kuechly
News
Kuechly, who finished this season with 102 tackles (71 solo), two sacks, one interception and one fumble recovery, will be ready for spring practices after missing six games due to a concussion, ESPN's David Newton reports.

Kuechly was held out of Carolina's final six games after suffering his second concussion in two years in the Panthers' Week 11 contest against the Saints. Prior to then, the All-Pro linebacker averaged over 10 tackles per game, continuing to be a dominant IDP commodity. While his concussion history raises some concern over his long-term outlook, Kuechly will be back in action when the Panthers start spring practices and will look to remain healthy in 2017.

Ben Jacobs
News
Jacobs was signed by the Panthers on Friday, Max Henson of the team's official site reports.

Jacobs is no stranger in Carolina, having already spent multiple season with the team. He was brought in again to provide depth at inside linebacker while Luke Kuechly deals with concussion issues.

Wes Horton
News
Horton did not play in Thursday's preseason finale against the Steelers.

Horton missed three of the Panthers' four exhibition contests after spraining his wrist to start camp, but his lone appearance came in the all-important third preseason game. Knowing his roster spot was under threat, Horton suited up and managed two tackles during that contest. Although it remains to be seen whether he'll survive final cuts, Horton has been valued for his physicality in defending the run from his defensive end post for the Panthers the past three seasons.

Charles Johnson
News
Johnson (foot) was ruled out of Sunday's game in Tampa Bay.

Johnson returned from a two-game absence to suit up for last week's contest versus the Falcons, but it isn't clear if he had sustained a setback while playing. In his absence, look for Kony Ealy to get the start at defensive end opposite Wes Horton.

Injury
Foot - Questionable for the start of training camp
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.

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.
Lou Young
News
Young was signed by the Panthers from the practice squad on Saturday, David Newton of ESPN reports.

Tight end, Scott Simonson, was released to make room for Young's promotion. The 25-year-old should not be expected to do more than add secondary depth, and potentially help out on the special teams' unit.

Travell Dixon
News
Dixon was promoted from the practice squad to the active roster Tuesday, Bryan Strickland of the Panthers' official site reports.

Dixon was signed to fill the roster spot that was opened as a result of Tre Boston (knee) moving to injured reserve. Dixon has yet to play in an NFL game in his career but he may get a chance against Tampa Bay on Sunday, when he'll likely be a depth option in the secondary and could play on special teams.

Teddy Williams
News
Williams (knee) was placed on the Panthers' injured reserve list Friday, ESPN reports.

Williams sustained a mysterious injury to his left knee towards the beginning of Thursday's practice that evidently proved to be serious in nature. Leonard Johnson (Achilles), who was activated from the Panthers' NFI list Friday, will take his place on the active roster.

Injury
Knee - Injured Reserve
David Mayo
News
Mayo (concussion) is active for Monday's game against the Redskins.

Mayo practiced in full throughout the week, making it unsurprising that he's active for Week 15.

Star Lotulelei
News
Lotulelei registered six tackles (five solo) and three sacks in Sunday's win over the Cardinals.

Lotulelei led the charge as the Panthers defense got back to its dominating ways with eight sacks Sunday. With the help of three himself, Lotulelei's four sacks this season already mark a career best for him.

Andy Lee
News
Lee was placed on injured reserve Monday after pulling his hamstring during Sunday's loss to the Chiefs.

Lee was acquired for a fourth-round pick and punter Kasey Redfern prior to the start of the regular season, and averaged a whopping 49.1 yards per punt prior to going down Sunday. With him sidelined, the Panthers re-signed punter Michael Palardy on Monday.

Injury
Hamstring - Injured Reserve
Derek Anderson
News
Anderson completed 36 of 53 passes for 453 yards, two touchdowns and five interceptions in five games played, including two starts, this season.

Anderson played extensively in two games this season, beginning in Week 4 against the Falcons after Cam Newton was knocked out with a concussion, and then by starting with Newton sidelined the following game. Unlike when Anderson successfully filled in for Newton last season, he threw two interceptions in both of those games this term, and then threw a pick on his lone attempt after starting Carolina's Week 13 loss to the Seahawks, when Newton was benched for the first series of the game due to a dress code violation. Despite those mistakes, the 33-year-old is generally viewed as one of the more reliable backups in the league, which figures to remain his role as he enters the final year of his current contract with the Panthers.

Mike Tolbert
News
Tolbert rushed 35 times for 114 yards and caught 10 passes (on 15 targets) for 72 yards and a touchdown in 16 games played this season.

Tolbert has long been one of the more utilized fullbacks in the league, giving him unique fantasy value despite his position, particularly given his penchant for finding the end zone. The veteran scored 18 touchdowns in his previous four seasons with the Panthers, but saw his stock fall off significantly with just one trip to pay dirt this term. In truth, Tolbert's overall production mirrored that from 2014, but he did so while playing eight more games this season, evidencing how marginalized he became.

Gino Gradkowski
News
Gradkowski (knee) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Max Henson of the team's official site reports.

Gradkowski was filling in for Ryan Kalil (shoulder) on Sunday when he aggravated a lingering knee issue, forcing him to exit the contest early. With both lineman now on IR, the Panthers brought in Ryan Wendell and Dan France to try and fill the void left by the veterans.

Injury
Knee - Injured Reserve
Chris Scott
News
Scott was activated to the active roster Saturday, Bryan Strickland of the team's official site reports.

Scott was suspended for violating the league's PEDs policy. The Panthers will look to use Scott as a top reserve lineman this season.

Eric Wallace
No Updates
Scott Simonson
News
Simonson was released by the Panthers on Saturday, Scott Simonson of ESPN reports.

Simonson was released in order to make room for cornerback Lou Young on the roster. The Panthers are currently struggling with depth in their secondary, so the addition of young, and subsequent release of Simonson is an attempt at resolving that issue.

Chris Manhertz
News
Manhertz was waived by the Saints on Saturday, Larry Holder of the Times-Picayune reports.

Manhertz had been the Saints No. 3 tight end and he saw just 15 percent of the team's offensive snaps in the first five weeks. He was waived to clear room for wide receiver Jacob Lampman.

Shaq Green-Thompson
News
Thompson finished with 56 tackles (39 solo), two fumble recoveries and one interception in 14 games played this season.

Thompson, Carolina's 2015 first-rounder, started 12 games this season, including each of the Panthers' final six contests while Luke Kuechly (concussion) was sidelined. Although Thompson matched his career high with 11 tackles in one of those appearances, he only bested his rookie total by six stops overall. That came despite Thompson playing 57 percent of Carolina's defensive snaps, a significant improvement on his 39-percent involvement last year. With Kuechly and Thomas Davis among the league's elite linebackers, Thompson is usually forced to leave the field in nickel situations, but after working well in that role while Kuechly was out this year, he could see even more action next season, which would figure to help his IDP stock. That being said, as long as Kuechly and Thomas are around, Thompson will remain Carolina's third option at linebacker.

Jeremy Cash
News
Cash (hamstring) was a full participant at Wednesday's practice, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.

Cash was unable to play during Sunday's loss to the Vikings due to the hamsting injury, but he appears to be close to full health at this point. His return won't have much of an impact for the Panthers' defense, as Thomas Davis and David Mayo lead the way at weakside linebacker.

Pearce Slater
No Updates
J.J. Jansen
No Updates
Daryl Worley
News
Worley finished this season with 88 tackles (63 solo), one interception and one sack in 16 games played.

Worley quickly became a starter after being drafted in the third round and fared relatively well as his first professional season unfolded. The West Virginia product finished fourth on the Panthers in tackles and was credited with nine pass deflections, which was second-best on the team. With a season under his belt, Worley will look to build on that success in 2017.

Michael Griffin
News
Griffin recorded a team-high 14 tackles in Sunday night's loss to the Seahawks.

Griffin's 14 tackles nearly doubled his season total, as the veteran now boasts 30 stops through nine games with the Panthers this season.

Kurt Coleman
News
Coleman finished this season with 95 tackles (66 solo), four interceptions, one sack and one touchdown in 15 games played.

Coleman's tackle total marked the highest in his seven-year career, and his second consecutive 90-tackle season since joining the Panthers. He also led Carolina with four interceptions. After signing a three-year extension prior to this season, Coleman figures to remain an important member of the Panthers defense going forward, which should make him a solid IDP option among defensive backs in 2017.

Blaine Clausell
No Updates
Daryl Williams
News
Williams (ankle) was a full participant in Thursday's practice.

The second-year tackle has been able to practice each of the past two days and he appears to be on track for a return. Williams has been sidelined for the last three games after suffering an ankle injury against the Raiders. If he's cleared to play Saturday, it'll be a significant boon to the right side of the Panthers' offensive line.

Jalen Simmons
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Jordan Rigsbee
Injury
Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
Andrew Norwell
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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).

Cameron Artis-Payne
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Artis-Payne rushed 36 times for 144 yards and two touchdowns, while also catching his lone target for 11 yards in just three games played this season.

Artis-Payne, Carolina's 2015 fifth-round pick, was a healthy scratch for the vast majority of this season despite doing fairly well in his limited action. Coach Ron Rivera indicated that Artis-Payne's similar skill set to starting tailback Jonathan Stewart makes him somewhat redundant when all the Panthers running backs are healthy. As a result, Fozzy Whittaker was preferred as a change-of-pace option behind Stewart, with fullback Mike Tolbert and quarterback Cam Newton also factoring into ball-carrying duties. While Stewart being sidelined allowed Artis-Payne to rush 18 times for 85 yards and two scores in Week 5, his fantasy stock remains untouchable until he consistently earns active status.

Ryan Kalil
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Kalil will undergo surgery to repair his injured right shoulder, Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.

Kalil was placed on injured reserve Tuesday after dealing with shoulder issues all season. Look for more updates on his status to come once he undergoes surgery. In the meantime, the Panthers will be shuffling around offensive lineman the remainder of the season as they ended Sunday's loss to the Raiders with only one regular starter on the line.

Injury
Shoulder - Injured Reserve
Kyle Love
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Love (knee) is inactive for Sunday's tilt with the Chiefs.

Love is sidelined with a knee aliment, leaving Vernon Butler and Paul Soliai as the only healthy backups at defensive tackle Sunday.

Tyrus Thompson
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Thompson (undisclosed) was released from the Saints' injured reserve list Monday, Nick Underhill of The New Orleans Advocate reports.

It's remains unclear what the second-year pro is dealing with, but he's now free to sign a contact with another team.

Fozzy Whittaker
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Whittaker finished this season with 57 rushes for 265 yards and 25 receptions (on 33 targets) for 226 yards in 16 games played. He also returned 12 kickoffs for 275 yards.

Whittaker enjoyed an early-season spike in his fantasy value after starting running back Jonathan Stewart suffered a Week 2 ankle injury. With Stewart sidelined until Week 6, Whittaker impressively gained 186 yards on 32 rushes and caught 19 passes for 164 yards through his first five outings. However, once Stewart returned to his usual workhorse role, few touches were left for Whittaker, as evidenced by his year-end totals. Despite his failure to find the end zone, the 2016 campaign was still clearly Whittaker's best as a pro, which should help him as he becomes a free agent this offseason. While that situation leaves some uncertainty around his fantasy stock, it's likely to continue to reflect that of a veteran change-of-pace tailback wherever he lands prior to next season.

Brenton Bersin
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Bersin caught two passes (on six targets) for 17 yards in 10 games played this season.

Bersin has served as a depth receiver and special teamer over the past three seasons. Although he topped the 100-yard mark in both of his first two years in Carolina, he hardly factored into the Panthers' plans on offense this term, and will now become a restricted free agent.

Dan France
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The Bengals made a slew of moves Saturday to pare their roster down to the required 53 for the regular season.

Among those moves was the placement of guard Trey Hopkins on the reserve/injured list with a leg issue. Rookie quarterback AJ McCarron was put on the reserve/non-football injury list with a shoulder problem.

The Bengals also cut the following offensive players: tackles Dan France and Will Svitek, wide receivers Colin Lockett and Cobi Hamilton, center Trevor Robinson and running backs James Wilder and Nikita Whitlock.

Defenders waived by the Bengals include safety Danieal Manning, cornerbacks Onterio McCalebb and Victor Hampton, tackles Devon Still and David King and ends Sam Montgomery and Dontay Moch.

Cornerback Chris Lewis-Harris will begin serving a two-game drug suspension handed dowsn by the league.

Paul Soliai
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Soliai (foot) is active for Sunday's game against the Cardinals.

The Panthers listed Soliai as questionable for Sunday's game even though he was able to practice all week, so it's not surprising that he'll be available. The defensive tackle has posted five stops over four appearances on the season.

Ryan Delaire
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Delaire (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.

Injury
Knee - Injured Reserve
Vernon Butler
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Butler (ankle) is active Sunday against the Chiefs.

Butler will take the field for the first time since Week 3 and figures to serve an important role behind starter Kawann Short. Paul Soliai is the only other healthy reserve defensive tackle on the roster Sunday.

Larry Webster
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Webster was signed to the Panthers' active roster Tuesday, Steve Reed of The Associated Press reports.

Webster was signed by Carolina after the team moved defensive end Ryan Delaire to injured reserve. Webster will serve as a reserve defensive lineman and shouldn't be expected to have much of any role in the team's regular season finale.

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.

 
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