Heinicke was the first quarterback to take reps in team drills Wednesday, Bryan Strickland of the Panthers' official site reports.
Heinicke served as Cam Newton's (shoulder) backup most of last season, but it was actually Kyle Allen -- who started Week 17 when both Heinicke and Newton were out with injuries -- who received the first reps Tuesday during the opening day of OTAs. With third-round rookie Will Grier also in the mix, the competition for the No. 2 job in Carolina could be a fluid situation all offseason.
Heinicke (elbow) signed a one-year contract with the Panthers on Tuesday, Jourdan Rodrigue reports.
Heinicke was a restricted free agent, and now re-ups with Carolina to compete with Kyle Allen (shoulder) for the No. 2 gig behind Cam Newton (shoulder) in 2019. The 25-year-old started Week 16 against the Falcons last season, and led the Panthers' offense to a touchdown on the game's opening drive, the first touchdown pass of his career. Heinicke then sustained and played through a season-ending hyperextended elbow, ending the day having completed 33-of-55 passes for 274 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions.
Heinicke is a restricted free agent this offseason, which gives the Panthers the right of first refusal.
In essence, other organizations can sign Heinicke to an offer sheet, but the Panthers will have a chance to examine the contract and decide whether to match it. Since going undrafted in 2015, he's bounced around the NFL, eventually settling in as the direct backup to Cam Newton last season. When Newton was shut down after Week 15 due to a lingering shoulder injury, Heinicke made one start before suffering a season-ending hyperextended elbow. That performance (33 of 53 for 274 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions against the Falcons) apparently was enough to make coach Ron Rivera content with the state of the Panthers' QB room. "I was pleased with what Taylor did for us, as with Kyle (Allen)," Rivera said last week at the combine. "I feel really good about our depth."
Heinicke (elbow) posted on his Twitter account Thursday that he's undergone successful surgery.
It was initially reported that Heinicke would not require surgery to address his hyperextended elbow, but Joe Person of The Athletic relayed Thursday that the QB had a partially torn triceps his left arm repaired. Once fully healed, Heinicke is a candidate to re-enter the Panthers' backup signal-caller mix.
Heinicke was diagnosed Thursday with a hyperextended left elbow and won't require surgery to address the matter, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.
Though the Panthers shut down Heinicke for the season after placing him on injured reserve Wednesday, the fourth-year signal-caller should be ready to go for OTAs with surgery off the table. He'll likely step back into his familiar role as the top backup to Cam Newton (shoulder) in 2019, assuming Carolina elects to tender Heinicke a contract. With Newton also ruled out for the season finale Sunday in New Orleans, third-string quarterback Kyle Allen is in line for his first NFL start.
The Panthers placed Heinicke on injured reserve Wednesday, Max Henson of the team's official site reports.
After suffering a left elbow injury during his first NFL start in Sunday's loss to the Falcons, Heinicke required an MRI a day later. The results of Heinicke's examination aren't known, but the Panthers apparently determined he wouldn't be able to make it back for a Week 17 matchup with the Saints. With coach Ron Rivera suggesting earlier in the week that Cam Newton (shoulder) would remain shut down for the season finale, undrafted rookie Kyle Allen is on track to receive the starting assignment. To replace Heinicke on the roster, the Panthers signed Garrett Gilbert, who will presumably work as Allen's backup this weekend.
Coach Ron Rivera said Heinicke is slated to undergo an MRI on Monday to determine the extent of the left elbow injury the quarterback suffered in Sunday's 24-10 loss to the Falcons, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.
With Cam Newton (shoulder) sidelined for the first time all season Sunday, Heinicke drew his first NFL start. The 25-year-old exited in the second quarter after injuring his elbow but was cleared to return to the contest and finished with 33 completions on 53 attempts for 274 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions while adding another score and 33 yards on three carries. Heinicke showed impressive toughness while playing through the injury, but the Panthers probably won't hesitate to shut him down if the MRI reveals an unfavorable diagnosis. Rivera said the team would update Heinicke's condition Wednesday, but if the signal-caller is ruled out for the season finale in New Orleans, recent practice-squad callup Kyle Allen likely would be in line for the starting assignment. Rivera dismissed the possibility of bringing back Newton in Week 17 to play through a lingering shoulder injury.
Heinicke (elbow) completed 33 of 53 pass attempts for 274 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions Sunday against the Falcons. He also carried three times for 33 yards in the 24-10 loss.
Heinicke started with Cam Newton (shoulder) out and endured plenty of adversity in his first NFL start. He left the game briefly after suffering a painful elbow injury but was able to return, according to Bill Voth of the team's official site. Heinicke kept the team in the game for a while, but one interception near the goal line and another in the red zone ultimately hurt them. He should start next Sunday against the Saints barring a setback with his elbow, but he shouldn't be viewed as a worthy fantasy option.
Heinicke (elbow) returned to Sunday's game versus the Falcons, Max Henson of the Panthers' official site reports.
After Heinicke's departure in the second quarter, the training staff spent a lot of time wrapping his left elbow. He proceeded to warm up and be cleared for a return. With Cam Newton (shoulder) out, Kyle Allen is the only other quarterback on the active roster.
Heinicke is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Falcons due to a left elbow injury, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports.
The Panthers have more or less shut down Cam Newton (right shoulder) for the season, but the potential loss of Heinicke could cause the organization to reconsider its stance with the long-time signal-caller. If Heinicke is unable to return, Kyle Allen will direct the offense for the rest of the afternoon.
Heinicke is expected to start the Panthers' final two games of the season, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.
Carolina is wisely shutting down Cam Newton (shoulder) after falling out of the playoff hunt. Heinicke went undrafted out of Old Dominion back in 2015 and has just five NFL pass attempts to his name, but he'll at least be in a favorable spot Week 16 against a porous Atlanta defense. He'll then travel to New Orleans in Week 17 to face a Saints defense that may be resting starters in advance of the postseason. With D.J. Moore, Curtis Samuel and Christian McCaffrey all offering considerable YAC potential, it won't come as a major surprise if Heinicke finds some success with a dink-and-dunk approach. The 25-year-old quarterback completed 24 of 36 passes for 323 yards, two touchdowns and one interception during the 2018 preseason, adding five carries for 23 yards. While obviously no match for the man he's replacing, Heinicke ran a 4.63 40-yard dash coming out of college.
Heinicke won the backup quarterback battle with Garrett Gilbert, Bill Voth of the Panthers' official site reports.
Helping Heinicke's cause was a relationship with offensive coordinator Norv Turner in Minnesota. Heinicke's preseason performance also was solid -- 24-for-36 passing for 323 yards, two touchdowns and one interception to go with one rushing TD -- and he'll be waiting in the wings in the event Cam Newton misses a game for the fourth time in his career.
Heinicke is entrenched in a close competition with Garrett Gilbert for the Panthers' second-string quarterback position, the team's official site reports.
Heinicke entered Friday's second preseason game ahead of Gilbert, going on to complete five of nine attempts for 88 yards and an unfortunate interception. Following his turnover, Heinicke led Carolina on an eight-play, 92-yard touchdown drive before handing the keys over the Gilbert to start the fourth quarter. While neither player will be needed as long as star Cam Newton is healthy during the regular season, a No. 2 gig would still be an upgrade to both players' previous positions elsewhere.
Heinicke was claimed by the Panthers off waivers Monday, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.
Heinicke quickly found a new home in Charlotte after he was cut by the Texans late last week. He'll have a good chance to supplant Garrett Gilbert for the primary backup role should he impress during the preseason.
Heinicke was released by the Texans on Friday.
Heinicke made one appearance in 2017 during a Christmas matchup versus the Steelers after starter T.J. Yates left to be checked for a concussion. The Old Dominion product completed the one pass he threw for 10 yards, and he added a two-yard rush.
Heinicke (concussion) was a full participant at the Texans' practice Thursday.
Heinicke was unable to return to Monday's loss to the Steelers after sustaining the concussion and was a limited participant at practice Wednesday. The full session hardly means the 24-year-old has cleared the concussion protocol, however, and Friday's practice should provide clarity to the situation.
Heinicke (concussion) was a limited participant in practice Wednesday.
Heinicke sustained a concussion during Monday's loss to the Steelers while starting signal caller T.J. Yates was being evaluated for a head injury of his own. While Yates was cleared to return to the game, Heinicke was not. The Texans expressed concern over the latter's availability for Sunday's season finale by bringing back quarterback Josh Johnson, who spent time with the Texans in November.
Heinicke suffered a concussion in Monday's game against the Steelers and won't return.
Heinicke entered the contest in place of struggling starting quarterback T.J. Yates, who briefly departed after being evaluated for a concussion. It only took nine plays before Heinicke succumbed to a head injury of his own, with the 24-year-old completing his lone pass attempt for 10 yards and gaining two yards on a carry before departing. Yates was cleared of a concussion and appears set to direct the offense for the rest of the evening while Heinicke remains under the NFL's protocol. If Heinicke is unable to demonstrate enough progress in his recovery prior to the Dec. 31 season finale against the Steelers, the Texans will likely have to sign a new backup for Yates in the coming days.
The Texans promoted Heinicke to the 53-man roster Friday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Heinicke will back up T.J. Yates in Sunday's game against the Jaguars with Tom Savage (concussion) unavailable. If Savage recovers from the concussion in time to return for either of the Texans' final two games, Heinicke could be waived in order for Houston to address depth at other positions.
The Texans are expected to promote Heinicke from the practice squad in advance of Sunday's game against the Jaguars, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Heinicke is set to act as the backup to T.J. Yates in Week 15 with Texans head coach Bill O'Brien effectively ruling out normal starter Tom Savage (concussion) for the weekend. A third-year quarterback that spent time with the New England and Minnesota organizations, Heinicke has yet to play in an NFL game and will only see the field Sunday if Yates struggles mightily or succumbs to an injury.
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