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Carolina Panthers

Stadium: Bank of America Stadium | Coach: Ron Rivera
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense11th142.6 (2nd)224.3 (24th)
Defense6th88.4 (4th)234.5 (11th)
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97Addison, Mario DE6-32609/6/19875Troy
69Allen, Jared DE6-62554/3/198212Idaho State
3Anderson, Derek QB6-62306/15/198311Oregon State
34Artis-Payne, Cameron RB5-102206/23/1990RAuburn
11Bersin, Brenton WR6-32105/9/19902Wofford
33Boston, Tre FS6-12106/25/19922North Carolina
10Brown, Corey WR5-1118512/16/19912Ohio State
20Coleman, Kurt FS5-112007/1/19886Ohio State
82Cotchery, Jerricho WR6-12056/16/198212North Carolina State
58Davis, Thomas OLB6-12353/22/198311Georgia
91Delaire, Ryan DE6-42541/17/1992RTowson
84Dickson, Ed TE6-42557/25/19876Oregon
94Ealy, Kony DE6-427512/21/19912Missouri
92Edwards, Dwan DT6-33055/16/198112Oregon State
26Finnegan, Cortland DB5-101902/2/198410Samford
17Funchess, Devin WR6-42255/21/1994RMichigan
9Gano, Graham K6-22054/9/19876Florida State
19Ginn, Ted WR5-111854/12/19859Ohio State
54Green-Thompson, Shaq OLB6-02304/21/1994RWashington
41Harper, Roman SS6-120512/11/198210Alabama
53Jacobs, Ben LB6-42404/17/19883Fresno State
44Jansen, J.J. LS6-22401/20/19868Notre Dame
95Johnson, Charles DE6-22827/10/19869Georgia
42Jones, Colin DB6-020510/27/19875Texas Christian
67Kalil, Ryan C6-23003/29/19859USC
56Klein, A.J. MLB6-12407/30/19913Iowa State
59Kuechly, Luke MLB6-32384/20/19914Boston College
98Lotulelei, Star DT6-232012/20/19893Utah
93Love, Kyle DT6-131511/18/19864Mississippi State
29Marlowe, Dean FS6-12057/25/1992RJames Madison
55Mayo, David LB6-22408/18/1993RTexas State
27McClain, Robert DB5-91957/22/19886Connecticut
1Newton, Cam QB6-52455/11/19895Auburn
24Norman, Josh CB6-019512/15/19874Coastal Carolina
8Nortman, Brad P6-22159/12/19894Wisconsin
68Norwell, Andrew G6-632510/25/19912Ohio State
81Norwood, Kevin WR6-22009/23/19892Alabama
73Oher, Michael T6-43155/28/19867Mississippi
88Olsen, Greg TE6-52533/11/19859Miami (Fla.)
74Remmers, Mike T6-53054/11/19893Oregon State
79Scott, Chris G6-43408/4/19874Tennessee
99Short, Kawann DT6-33152/2/19893Purdue
80Simonson, Scott TE6-52504/13/19921Assumption
28Stewart, Jonathan RB5-102353/21/19878Oregon
35Tolbert, Mike FB5-925011/23/19858Coastal Carolina
70Turner, Trai G6-33206/14/19932Louisiana State
61Velasco, Fernando C6-43102/22/19856Georgia
14Webb, Joe QB6-423511/14/19866Alabama-Birmingham
32Wegher, Brandon RB5-1021512/9/1990RMorningside
43Whittaker, Fozzy RB5-102052/2/19893Texas
21Williams, Teddy DB6-12107/3/19884Texas-San Antonio
60Williams, Daryl T6-53358/31/1992ROklahoma
22Young, Lou DB6-120510/9/19911Georgia Tech
Injured Players
13Benjamin, Kelvin (IR) WR6-52452/5/19912Florida State
25Benwikere, Bene' (IR) CB6-01959/3/19912San Jose State
78Chandler, Nate (IR) T6-43156/1/19894UCLA
68Green, Tyronne (IR) G6-23164/6/19865Auburn
87Hill, Stephen (IR) WR6-42154/25/19913Georgia Tech
71Miley, Arthur (IR) DE6-62653/3/1993RSouthern University
66Silatolu, Amini (IR) G6-43209/16/19884Midwestern State
31Tillman, Charles (IR) CB6-22102/23/198113Louisiana-Lafayette
Practice Squad
65Alecxih, Chas DT6-42952/10/19891Pittsburgh
 Askew, Nate LB6-42358/20/19911Texas A&M
 Ball, Marcus DB6-12097/21/19872Memphis
 Blechen, Brian LB6-22259/30/1991RUtah
 Byrd, Damiere WR5-91751/27/1993RSouth Carolina
77Cox, Rakim DE6-42602/12/19911Villanova
 Dismukes, Reese G6-329610/20/1992RAuburn
 Dowling, Ras-I DB6-12005/9/19884Virginia
 Foucault, David T6-83201/7/19892Montreal
 Horton, Wes DE6-52701/18/19903USC
Suspended Players
90Alexander, Frank DE6-427012/17/19893Oklahoma
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
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Position Listing
Jared Allen
Allen (foot) is listed as probable for Sunday's Super Bowl versus the Panthers, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.

Allen has endured an interesting past few weeks, which included a DNP in the NFC championship game, no presence on last week's injury report, and a reappearance this week with a limited showing Wednesday. However, he practiced in a full capacity both Thursday and Friday, and head coach Ron Rivera even expects Allen to start Sunday, according to the Charlotte Observer. In 13 games with the Panthers this season (including playoffs), Allen accumulated two sacks among 27 tackles.

Foot - Probable for the Super Bowl vs. Denver
Brandon Wegher
No Updates
Devin Funchess
Funchess caught two of three passes for 21 yards and one touchdown during Sunday's NFC championship game win versus the Cardinals.

Funchess resided at a miserable 90 yards receiving and no touchdowns through the first seven games of his career, but a strict schedule has been followed in the interim. Namely, he's recorded a touchdown every other game on his way to six over the last 11 contests. He's supplemented those forays into the end zone with 27 receptions (on 46 targets) for 416 yards, though his looks have been all over the map (from one to eight) during that run.

Colin Jones
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."

Fernando Velasco
Titans cornerback Brandon Harris has been placed on injured reserve with a left knee injury sustained last Tuesday, per The Tennessean.

The team has signed veteran center Fernando Velasco to take his place on the roster.

Harris participated in 11 games last season after playing in all 16 in 2013.

Nate Askew
The Buccaneers made a slew of moves Saturday to pare their roster down to the required 53 for the regular season.

Tampa Bay cut the following players: DB Marc Anthony, LB Nate Askew, OL Edawn Coughman, CB Kip Edwards, DE T.J. Fatinikun, CB Anthony Gaitor, LB Ka'Lial Glaud, CB Keith Lewis, OL Jamon Meredith, OL Andrew Miller, FB Lonnie Pryor, OL Jeremiah Warren, K Connor Barth, DE Larry English, RB Jeff Demps, QB Mike Kafka and SS Major Wright.
Roman Harper
Harper wasn't listed on the Panthers' injury report Wednesday, Jonathan Jones of the Chrlotte Observer reports.

Harper missed the entire second half of the NFC championship game due to a swollen eye. However, his lack of presence on the first Super Bowl injury report confirms that he'll be able to handle his normal duties at strong safety against the Broncos.

Amini Silatolu
The Panthers have listed Frank Alexander, James Dockery, David Foucault, A.J. Klein, Robert Lester, Star Lotulelei and Amini Silatolu as inactive against the Seahawks.

Lotulelei was the only player ruled out prior to Saturday. Klein was listed as questionable coming into the game due to an ankle issue. The other five players listed as considered healthy scratches. 

Stephen Hill
Hill has been suspended one game for a violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Hill suffered a torn ACL in the opening days of training camp, effectively ending his season before it could kick off. The current suspension likely stems from a citation for marijuana paraphernalia possession in late July, but in any case, he'll have to serve the one-game ban once he's healthy enough to take the field.

Knee - IR. Out for season
Brian Blechen
No Updates
Josh Norman
Norman finished the 2015 regular season with 56 tackles (48 solo), four interceptions, three fumbles forced, two fumble recoveries, and two touchdowns in 16 games played.

Norman, a fifth-round pick in 2012, exploded onto the scene this year, staking his claim as one of the NFL's premier cornerbacks. Always tasked with stopping the opposing offense's top wideout, Norman's lockdown coverage ability provided a huge advantage to the Panthers' defense. Tested at the beginning of the year, Norman's four interceptions all came within the season's first four weeks, and he returned two of those picks for scores. After that, Norman was targeted less and less, causing his tackling opportunities to decrease over the course of the campaign. No matter, Norman made a statement this season, and figures to be rewarded handsomely as a free agent this offseason.

Tyronne Green
Panthers offensive lineman Tyronne Green tore his Achilles earlier this week at practice and he will undergo surgery, the team announced Wednesday.

Green is expected to miss the entire 2015 season as a result of the injury. He has not appeared in an NFL game since 2012.

Kelvin Benjamin
The Panthers reached the NFL's 75-man limit Tuesday thanks to a series of moves, including placing star wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin on the season-ending injured reserve list with a knee injury, per a team release. 

Carolina waived WR Jarrett Boykin, DT Kenny Horsley, S Robert Lester and WR De'Andre Presley, placed OT Davonte Wallace and CB Melvin White on the waived/injured list and reached an injury settlement with DT Micanor Regis.

Knee - IR. Out for season
Corey Brown
Brown snagged four of seven targets for 113 yards and a score in Sunday's NFC championship win over Arizona.

The bulk of Brown's production came on a deep crosser late in the first quarter during which he shook the defender after the catch and rolled to an 86-yard touchdown. Sunday was Brown's first four-reception game of the season and it was also his first 100-yard game. His seven targets were, likewise, a season high but didn't come out of nowhere. Brown has been targeted at least five times in five of his last six games. As Sunday proved, Brown doesn't need many opportunities to put up big numbers.

Thomas Davis
Thomas (forearm) is listed as probable for Sunday's Super Bowl versus the Panthers, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.

Despite tending to a broken right forearm, which he sustained in the NFC championship game, Thomas will take the field in the Super Bowl, and in fact is expected to start, according to head coach Ron Rivera. In the regular season, Davis ranked second on the Panthers with 105 tackles, to which he added 5.5 sacks, four interceptions, four forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery in 16 contests.

Forearm - Probable for the Super Bowl vs. Denver
Jonathan Stewart
Stewart (ankle) wasn't listed on the Panthers' injury report Wednesday.

Stewart didn't log a single practice rep in the first week of Super Bowl prep, but upon his arrival in Santa Clara, CA, he's been given the all-clear to proceed as normal. Including the postseason, he's notched 1,178 yards at a clip of 4.2 YPC, while reaching the end zone nine times in 15 games. He'll attempt to keep up the pace Sunday against a staunch Broncos run defense that ranked third during the regular season.

Cortland Finnegan
Finnegan signed with the Panthers on Monday.

Finnegan joins Carolina after previously announcing his retirement in March of this season. However, with fellow veteran Charles Tillman currently dealing with a knee injury, the Panthers' secondary could use another experienced cornerback. Now 31 years old, Finnegan totaled 44 tackles and nine passes defended in 12 games for the Dolphins last season.

Charles Tillman
Tillman (knee) will have surgery to repair his torn ACL on Wednesday, the Charlotte Observer reports.

Tillman has already been placed on season-ending injured reserve after tearing his ACL in Week 17. While his veteran wisdom should be valuable to the Panthers' secondary going forward, his injury adds to teammates Bene Benwikere's to leave Carolina a bit thin in that area. At the time, Tillman has reportedly not made a decision about retirement, but that will probably come some time after the Panthers' season ends.

Knee - IR. Out for season
David Foucault
The Panthers have listed Frank Alexander, James Dockery, David Foucault, A.J. Klein, Robert Lester, Star Lotulelei and Amini Silatolu as inactive against the Seahawks.

Lotulelei was the only player ruled out prior to Saturday. Klein was listed as questionable coming into the game due to an ankle issue. The other five players listed as considered healthy scratches. 

Cam Newton
Newton completed 19 of 28 passes for 335 yards, two touchdowns and a pick in Sunday's NFC championship win over the Cardinals. He added another 47 yards and two scores on 10 carries.

For the second consecutive week, Newton took advantage of the turnovers created by Carolina's defense on the way to shredding the opposition. Newton got into the groove early, connecting with Corey Brown on deep crosser for an 86-yard touchdown. Unlike last week, Carolina did not take its foot off the gas pedal in the second half, with Newton dashing for a touchdown run in the third quarter and putting the game out of reach with a scoring toss to Devin Funchess in the final minutes. Newton managed to punish an Arizona defense that ranked fifth in the league in total defense in 2015, but is rewarded by taking on the league's top unit, Denver, in the Super Bowl.

Ed Dickson
Dickson caught three passes (on three targets) for 21 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's win over the Titans.

Dickson scored his first touchdown of the season with a one-yard catch during the second quarter Monday. Besides that, the veteran reserve was used sparingly, which usually restricts his fantasy value significantly.

Graham Gano
Gano hit five extra points and both field-goal tries during Sunday's NFC championship game win against the Cardinals.

Like his Super Bowl 50 counterpart (Brandon McManus), Gano has yet to miss a kick in the postseason, including a success from 40-49 in both games to date. After making 15-for-20 from 40-plus in the regular season, he's fairly reliable from distance, but more often than not, the NFL's highest-scoring offense handed him PATs, as evidenced by a league-leading 59 attempts.

A.J. Klein
Panthers linebacker A.J. Klein (concussion) is active for Sunday's game against the Eagles and will start in place of Shaq Thompson (knee), Max Henson of the Panthers' official website reports.

Klein was a useful IDP while filling in for Luke Kuechly earlier this season, but with both Kuechly and Thomas Davis now healthy, Klein won't have a three-down role in Sunday's game. Shaq Thompson (knee) has yet to reach 50 snaps in a game.

Trai Turner
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).

Nate Chandler
The Panthers announced offensive tackle Nate Chandler has been placed on injured reserve Tuesday.

Chandler was injured during a Week 11 loss to Atlanta. An MRI revealed Chandler suffer a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee.

Mike Remmers
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.
Greg Olsen
Olsen hauled in six of his eight targets for 113 yards in Sunday's NFC championship win over Arizona.

Olsen split the seam of Arizona's defense early in the fourth quarter for 54 yards, setting up a Carolina touchdown to put the game out of reach. Olsen has now been targeted at least six times in 10 of his last 12 games. The Panthers' next test will be against Denver's top-rated pass defense. The health of Denver strong safety T.J. Ward, who left the AFC championship game with an ankle injury, could play a big factor into Olsen's Super Bown production.

Damiere Byrd
No Updates
Chas Alecxih
The Chargers have signed guard Michael Huey of the Arena Football League, according to the UT San Diego. The team also waived offensive lineman Jeff Baca and defensive lineman Chas Alecxih.

Huey is a three-time All-AFL member, playing for the Arizona Rattlers. He spent three weeks with the Chargers during the 2011 preseason. The Rattlers won the league championship in each year that Huey was there.

Baca, 25, was brought in as insurance as an interior offensive lineman last season after the Chargers went through five starting centers.

Alecxih, twice a member of the team's practice squad, did not see any regular season action in 2014. 


Tre Boston
Panthers defensive backs Tre Boston and Roman Harper each scored defensive touchdowns in Sunday's win over Atlanta in Week 17.

Harper took a Matt Ryan interception 31 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. He finished the game with six total tackles. Boston scored on an 84-yard interception return in the fourth quarter to help clinch the NFC South division in a 34-3 win. He finished with two total tackles.

The Panthers will advance to the first round of the playoffs next week against Arizona.
Reese Dismukes
No Updates
Brad Nortman
No Updates
Dean Marlowe
No Updates
Kony Ealy
Ealy (neck) is active for Sunday's contest in New Orleans.

Ending the week with full practices Thursday and Friday, Ealy will brush off a stiff neck in his quest to record a sack in a sixth consecutive game,

Mario Addison
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.

Michael Oher
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
Ginn caught both of the passes that came his way during Sunday's NFC championship win for 52 total yards. He added a 22-yard touchdown run during the game.

Ginn zig-zagged his way toward Carolina's first touchdown of the night on a 22-yard end-around. Ginn only touched the ball thrice during the game, but two of those touches went for over 20 yards. Ginn's speed makes him a source of constant concern for opposing defenses. He'll take on some very skilled Denver cover corners in the Super Bowl, but it will be the health of free safety Darian Stewart that will get a lot of attention in the next two weeks. Stewart left Sunday's AFC championship game with an injury and provides a safety net for his fellow cover men.

Kawann Short
Short (knee) wasn't listed on the Panthers' injury report Wednesday.

Short followed up limited showings in practice last week by avoiding the injury report entirely in advance of the Super Bowl. After racking up 13 sacks in 18 games (including playoffs this season), expect the third-year pro to play a key role in pressuring Peyton Manning (foot) on Sunday.

Luke Kuechly
Kuechly finished the regular season with 118 tackles (76 solo), one sack, four interceptions, two forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and one touchdown in 13 games played.

Kuechly's overall production was hurt by him missing three games after suffering a concussion during Week 1, but on average, he once again proved to be arguably the NFL's best middle linebacker. Coming into this season, Kuechly averaged just under 10 tackles per game over his career, and his production this season was no different. Additionally, Kuechly tied his career-high with four interceptions, and scored his first touchdown as well. Although Kuechly has managed just seven sacks through four campaigns, his weekly performances continue to make him an elite IDP option going forward, and his five-year contract signed in September ensures Kuechly will lead the Panthers' defense long-term.

Ben Jacobs
The Panthers announced they re-signed running back Fozzy Whittaker, linebacker Ben Jacobs and offensive lineman Brian Folkerts. All were exclusive rights free agents.

In 10 games last season, Whittaker ran 32 times for 145 yards (4.5 ypc) and a touchdown and caught five passes for 60 yards and another score.

Wes Horton
Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson sustained a hamstring injury Sunday against the Saints and could miss "several" weeks, Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.

Johnson left in the second half with only one assisted tackle on the ledger, bringing his season-long line to five tackles (two solo) and one sack. His diagnosis should be known within the the next few days, but Mario Addison and Wes Horton (shoulder) are present to pick up the slack at defensive end in Johnson's stead.

Charles Johnson
Johnson (knee) wasn't listed on the Panthers' injury report Wednesday.

Johnson managed just one limited practice last week, yet he turned a new leaf with his removal from the injury report to begin the final week of the season. After putting together a quiet campaign, he tallied a sack in both playoff games to date, marking his first sacks since Week 1.

Joe Webb
The Panthers announced that the team has re-signed QB Joe Webb to a one-year contract. 

“Joe gives us continuity at the quarterback position,” head coach Ron Rivera said. “He is also a very versatile player. Not only has he played quarterback, but he has played wide receiver and on special teams, and gives us some depth there because of his athleticism and intelligence. We are very excited for him to continue to be part of what we’re trying to build here.”

Marcus Ball
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

Dwan Edwards
Edwards (ankle) is active for Sunday's matchup against the Redskins.

Edwards will see his first live action since a Week 6 matchup in Seattle. The 34-year-old has six combined tackles on the year and is expected to serve in a reserve capacity.

Kevin Norwood
The Seahawks traded wide receiver Kevin Norwood to the Panthers on Monday in exchange for an undisclosed 2017 draft pick.

Norwood caught nine passes for 102 yards as a rookie last season. 

Lou Young
The Ravens have brought tight end Phillip Supernaw back to the practice squad two days after releasing him. Cornerback Lou Young was waived to make room.

Supernaw has been active twice this season, but has yet to make a catch.

Teddy Williams
Cornerback Teddy Williams has been signed by the Panthers, reports NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. The deal is for two years and $2.3 million. He will earn $900,000 in the first year of the contract.

Williams, 26, never played college football because it wasn't offered at his school. Primarily used on special teams, he has only played one snap on defense in the NFL. The Panthers will be his sixth team in the last five seasons.

David Mayo
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.

Star Lotulelei
Panthers defensive lineman Star Lotulelei (foot) was a limited participant at Thursday's practice, Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer reports.

For the second consecutive day, Lotulelei's practice reps were capped, but his presence was nonetheless encouraging, as it marked the first time he's gone through drills since sustaining a stress reaction in his right foot at the outset of training camp.

Friday's injury report should relay whether or not he's trending toward factoring into the Panthers' rotation at defensive tackle in Week 2.

Derek Anderson
The Panthers reached a two-year contract extension with quarterback Derek Anderson, the team announced Wednesday.

"I’m excited about this for my family. To be here with the players, coaches and management we have – everything is top notch," Anderson said. "It was a no-brainer for me."

Anderson will backup Cam Newton. He was slated to become a free agent after the 2015 season.

Jerricho Cotchery
Cotchery caught three of four targets for 22 yards in Sunday's win over Seattle.

The veteran receiver caught at least three passes for the sixth time in his last eight games. Cotchery ranked third on the Panthers in catches and yards in 2015, but scored just thrice and was held under 30 yards in nine of 15 games this season, including Sunday. With Carolina ranking as the NFL's most run-heavy team this season and Arizona's eighth-ranked pass defense up next, don't expect too much from Cotchery next week.

Mike Tolbert
Tolbert (knee) is listed as probable for Sunday's Super Bowl against the Panthers, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.

Tolbert spent the week immediately after the NFC championship game in the trainer's room rather than the practice field, but full practices dominated this week, paving the way for active status Sunday. Nonetheless, he'll likely be contained to short-yardage situations behind Jonathan Stewart.

Knee - Probable for the Super Bowl vs. Denver
Chris Scott
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. 

Rakim Cox
The Dolphins waived receivers Armon Binns and Ryan Spadola, tight end Brett Brackett, cornerback Steven Clarke, defensive end Rakim Cox, defensive tackle Cory Grissom and center Tyler Larsen. Miami also put defensive tackle A.J. Francis, running back Mike Gillislee and tight end Arthur Lynch on injured reserve, ending their seasons.
Scott Simonson
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
Panthers linebacker Shaq Thompson finished Sunday's win over the Saints with seven tackles (three solo) and one sack.

Thompson has gradually grown into a larger role over the first three weeks of this season, with Sunday's performance easily being his best. In addition to providing a solid amount of tackles, Thompson's sack displayed his versatility as a playmaker.

J.J. Jansen
No Updates
Kurt Coleman
Coleman (foot) isn't listed on Wednesday's injury report, the Associated Press reports.

Coleman didn't play in Week 17 due to a mild foot sprain, but he's good to go for the Panthers' playoff opener. On the season, he accrued 90 tackles and a team-high seven interceptions.

Robert McClain
McClain (ankle) wasn't listed on the Panthers' injury report Wednesday.

McClain commenced last week with a limited practice, which he followed up with unhindered sessions Thursday and Friday. With the shackles of an injury designation off his shoulders, he'll look to replicate his tackle totals from the past three games, during which he accrued 21 stops (15 solo) and one interception.

Daryl Williams
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.

Andrew Norwell
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
Benwikere suffered a lower leg fracture during Sunday's game against the Falcons, ruling him out for the remainder of this season.

Benwikere's injury raises a significant concern for the Panthers' secondary, as he not only started Carolina's past four games at outside cornerback, but he's also proven to be an excellent nickelback. With such versatility, the second-year Benwikere registered 59 tackles, nine passes defended and one sack this season. With veteran Charles Tillman (knee) sidelined recently, the Panthers may be in the market for further help to their secondary this week.

Leg - IR. Out for season
Ras-I Dowling
The Raiders will have both Ras-I Dowling and Khalil Mack Week 17 against the Broncos.

Dowling entered the game listed as probable due to a hamstring injury. He was never a real threat to miss the contest. 

Mack was listed as questionable with a hamstring issue. He was able to put in limited practice all week, but will attempt to play through the injury. 

Cameron Artis-Payne
Artis-Payne is inactive for Sunday's NFC championship game against the Cardinals, Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer reports.

The return of Fozzy Whittaker (ankle) to full health has spurred the Panthers to keep just three running backs active in the do-or-die situation. As a result, Artiz-Payne will take a seat for the first time since Week 14.

Frank Alexander
Panthers defensive end Frank Alexander was carted off the field in the first quarter of Saturday's preseason game against Miami, per NFL.com

Alexander was announced as out for the remainder of the game with a right ankle injury. 

Ankle - IR. Out for season
Ryan Kalil
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).

Kyle Love
Panthers starting defensive back Thomas DeCoud is inactive for Saturday's game against the Cardinals after battling a hamstring injury all week.

DeCoud, who has 50 total tackles in 15 games with one interception, was considered doubtful on the team's final injury report of the week. 

Other inactives for Carolina include: James Dockery , A.J. Klein, Kyle Love , David Foucault, Amini Siatolu and Frank Alexander

The Panthers are 5 1/2-point favorites heading into the matchup.

Fozzy Whittaker
Whittaker (ankle) wasn't listed on the Panthers' injury report Wednesday.

Unlike Jonathan Stewart (ankle), Whittaker actually made a limited showing in one practice last week, but clearly caution was exercised with the third-year pro. Nevertheless, Whittaker didn't make much of a splash during the regular season, and his lack of usage in the NFC championship game (just six of 72 offensive snaps) likely won't afford him many touches behind the workhorse that is Stewart.

Arthur Miley
Undisclosed - IR. Out for season
Brenton Bersin
Bersin (groin) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Falcons, ESPN's David Newton reports.

With the Panthers' other wideouts either healthy or listed as probable, Bersin wouldn't have a significant role in the offense even if he were able to play. He only has seven targets all season.

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