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NFC South Standings

Team Div Overall
NO 1-0-0 1-1-0
TB 1-1-0 1-1-0
ATL 0-0-0 0-2-0
CAR 0-1-0 0-2-0

Top Panthers News

  • Panthers' Reggie Bonnafon: Moves to active roster

    Bonnafon was elevated to the Panthers' active roster Saturday, Myles Simmons of the Panthers' official site reports.

    This shouldn't be much of a surprise. In the absence of Christian McCaffrey (ankle), Mike Davis figures to take the bulk of the workload, but it's entirely possible Bonnafon could factor in should the veteran struggle to move the needle. Bonnafon registered 173 total yards and a TD in an abbreviated stint as the lead back when McCaffrey was injured in 2019.

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  • Panthers' Yetur Gross-Matos: Good to go Sunday

    Gross-Matos (concussion) has cleared the league's concussion protocol and will play in Sunday's game versus the Chargers.

    Gross-Matos fully participated in practice Thursday and Friday, and he's slated to start Sunday. The rookie second-rounder played only 16 snaps in the season opener. He should start seeing an uptick in reps moving forward as he was a skilled pass rusher at Penn State with 17 sacks and 34.5 tackles for loss over his final two seasons.

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  • Panthers' Dennis Daley: Unlikely to play Sunday

    Daley (ankle) is considered doubtful for Sunday's game versus the Chargers, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.

    Daley has a sprained ankle and was unable to practice all week, so he's expected to miss a second straight contest. Michael Schofield started in his place in Week 2 and will likely operate at left guard again Sunday.

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  • Panthers' Russell Okung: Questionable for Week 3

    Okung (groin) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Chargers, but coach Matt Rhule is hopeful that the starting left tackle will be able to suit up, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.

    If Okung can't go, Greg Little or Trent Scott would take over at left tackle.

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  • Panthers' Kawann Short: Doubtful for Week 3

    Short (foot) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Chargers, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.

    Short is set to miss a second straight game due to a foot injury he appears to have sustained during Carolina's season opener. As one of the league's most reliable defensive tackles, Short's absence will again be a significant blow to the Panthers' run defense.

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  • Panthers' Yetur Gross-Matos: Expected to play Sunday

    Gross-Matos (concussion) was a full participant during Thursday's practice.

    Even though Gross-Matos was a full participant, it still doesn't mean that he has cleared the league's concussion protocol. Per Alaina Getzenberg of The Charlotte Observer, coach Matt Rhule expects Gross-Matos to play Sunday against the Chargers, but in a backup role. Look for Stephen Weatherly or Marquis Haynes to draw the start at defensive end with Gross-Matos still recovering.

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  • Panthers' Curtis Samuel: More involvement on tap

    Panthers offensive coordinator Joe Brady said Thursday that he wants to get Samuel more involved in Carolina's future game plans, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports. "Good things happen when the ball is in his hands," Brady said of Samuel.

    Samuel has taken on offensive snap shares north of 70 percent in both of Carolina's first two games of the season, logging 10 targets and five rushing attempts between the two contests. While Samuel may continue taking a back seat to D.J. Moore and Robby Anderson in the passing game, he could be a candidate to take on more work as a runner as the Panthers look to replace star back Christian McCaffrey (ankle), who is expected to miss the next 4-to-6 weeks. Mike Davis is in line to start at running back Week 3 against the Chargers, but he likely won't be asked to take on as much volume as McCaffrey has handled as a runner and pass catcher over the past couple of seasons. With that in mind, Samuel could emerge as a de facto change-of-pace option behind Davis, as the 24-year-old has proven adept as a ballcarrier in limited opportunities thus far during his career. Over his three-plus seasons in the NFL, Samuel has carried 36 times for 309 yards (8.6 average) and three touchdowns.

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  • Panthers' Chris Reed: Returns from COVID-19 list

    The Panthers activated Reed of the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

    Reed has resided on the list since Sept. 1, so it's certainly good news to see him return to the team. With both Dennis Daley (ankle) and John Miller (groin) dealing with injuries, Reed could suit up in Sunday's game against the Chargers as a depth lineman.

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  • Panthers' Mike Davis: Looks like Week 3 starter

    Davis appears set to start Sunday's game against the Chargers after the Panthers placed Christian McCaffrey (ankle) on injured reserve Wednesday, ESPN.com reports.

    Davis only had one carry against the Buccaneers in Week 2, but he made some explosive plays in the passing game, catching all eight of his targets for 74 yards. The veteran journeyman won't play 95-plus percent of snaps that McCaffrey typically has, so Trenton Cannon, Curtis Samuel and Reggie Bonnafon could also see increased carries versus Los Angeles. Still, Davis looks like the clear favorite to lead Carolina's backfield, and how well he fares against the Chargers' formidable defensive front could play a role in determining whether he keeps the starting gig for the entire duration of McCaffrey's expected 4-to-6-week IR stint.

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  • Panthers' Christian McCaffrey: Placed on IR

    The Panthers placed McCaffrey (ankle) on injured reserve Wednesday.

    The transaction officially rules McCaffrey out for at least the team's next three games due to a high-ankle sprain, which he sustained in Sunday's loss to the Buccaneers. Mike Davis is expected to fill in as the Panthers' top back for the time being, beginning with a Week 3 matchup with the Chargers.

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Team Statistical Rankings

Rushing Passing Overall
Off. 108.0
(19th)
318.0
(4th)
407.5
(9th)
Def. 127.5
(19th)
228.0
(7th)
355.5
(15th)

Injuries

Player Injury
C. McCaffrey RB Christian McCaffrey RB Ankle
E. Apple CB Eli Apple CB Ankle
K. Short DT Kawann Short DT Foot
K. Kirkwood WR Keith Kirkwood WR Shoulder
O. Bayless WR Omar Bayless WR Knee

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