Carolina Panthers

Stadium: Bank of America Stadium | Coach: Ron Rivera
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense15th166.0 (1st)203.7 (25th)
Defense19th110.0 (17th)246.7 (17th)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
29Adams, Mike DB5-112053/24/198115Delaware
97Addison, Mario DE6-32609/6/19878Troy
20Anderson, C.J. RB5-82252/10/19916California
40Armah, Alex FB6-22555/17/19942West Georgia
34Artis-Payne, Cameron RB5-102156/23/19904Auburn
24Bradberry, James CB6-12128/4/19933Samford
92Butler, Vernon DT6-43306/14/19943Louisiana Tech
18Byrd, Damiere WR5-91801/27/19933South Carolina
56Carter, Jermaine LB6-12251/14/1995RMaryland
74Clark, Chris T6-530510/1/19859Southern Miss
91Cox, Bryan DE6-32706/25/19942Florida
31Doss, Lorenzo CB5-111854/20/19944Tulane
35Elder, Corn CB5-1018510/9/19942Miami (FL)
17Funchess, Devin WR6-42255/21/19944Michigan
9Gano, Graham K6-22024/9/19879Florida State
28Gaulden, Rashaan DB6-12001/23/1995RTennessee
54Green-Thompson, Shaq LB6-02304/21/19944Washington
 Hawkins, Josh CB5-101891/23/19933East Carolina
98Haynes, Marquis DE6-223512/16/1993ROle Miss
6Heinicke, Taylor QB6-12103/15/19933Old Dominion
96Horton, Wes DE6-526512/17/19896USC
26Jackson, Donte CB5-1018011/8/1995RLSU
53Jacobs, Ben LB6-42404/17/19884Fresno State
44Jansen, J.J. LS6-22351/20/198611Notre Dame
42Jones, Colin DB6-020510/27/19878TCU
67Kalil, Ryan C6-23003/29/198512USC
59Kuechly, Luke LB6-32384/20/19917Boston College
69Larsen, Tyler C6-43257/8/19913Utah
93Love, Kyle DT6-131011/18/19867Mississippi State
63Mahon, Brendan G6-43201/17/1995RPenn State
82Manhertz, Chris TE6-62554/10/19923Canisius
55Mayo, David LB6-22458/8/19934Texas State
22McCaffrey, Christian RB5-112056/7/19962Stanford
12Moore, DJ WR6-02104/14/1997RMaryland
72Moton, Taylor T6-53258/18/19942Western Michigan
41Munnerlyn, Captain DB5-91954/10/198810South Carolina
1Newton, Cam QB6-52455/11/19898Auburn
52Norris, Jared LB6-12387/19/19933Utah
71Obada, Efe DE6-62654/13/19921No College
88Olsen, Greg TE6-52553/11/198512Miami (FL)
5Palardy, Michael P5-112007/6/19923Tennessee
90Peppers, Julius DE6-72951/18/198017North Carolina
95Poe, Dontari NT6-33468/18/19907Memphis
77Robinson, Corey T6-73155/21/19924South Carolina
10Samuel, Curtis WR5-111958/11/19962Ohio State
99Short, Kawann DT6-33152/2/19896Purdue
65Silatolu, Amini T6-43059/16/19886Midwestern State
11Smith, Torrey WR6-02051/26/19898Maryland
57Smith, Andre LB6-02404/20/1997RNorth Carolina
80Thomas, Ian TE6-42606/6/1996RIndiana
70Turner, Trai G6-33156/14/19935LSU
73Van Roten, Greg G6-33052/26/19904Pennsylvania
13Wright, Jarius WR5-1019111/25/19897Arkansas
Injured Players
47Cockrell, Ross (IR) DB6-01908/6/19915Duke
30Hood, Elijah (IR) RB5-112304/22/19961North Carolina
75Kalil, Matt (IR) T6-73157/6/19897USC
25Parms, Damian (IR) DB6-221010/28/19921Florida Atlantic
2Ross, Fred (IR) WR6-22105/19/19952Mississippi State
21Searcy, Da'Norris (IR) DB5-1120511/16/19888North Carolina
27Seymour, Kevon (IR) CB6-018511/30/19933USC
71Sirles, Jeremiah (IR) G6-63158/8/19915Nebraska
43Whittaker, Fozzy (IR) RB5-102052/2/19896Texas
60Williams, Daryl (IR) T6-63308/31/19924Oklahoma
Practice Squad
39Bonnafon, Reggie RB6-02151/4/1996RLouisville
 Cook, Connor QB6-42151/29/19933Michigan State
14Frazier, Mose WR5-111908/30/19931Memphis
62Hearn, Taylor G6-43151/11/1996RClemson
64Johnson, Dorian G6-530510/21/19941Pittsburgh
32Luke, Cole CB5-112006/30/19952Notre Dame
 Norton, Kendrick DT6-33186/7/1997RMiami (FL)
84Vander Laan, Jason TE6-32459/22/19922Ferris State
 White, DeAndrew WR6-019510/16/19912Alabama
Suspended Players
58Davis, Thomas LB6-12353/22/198314Georgia
 
 
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Position Listing
DeAndrew White
News
White agreed to join the Panthers' practice squad Tuesday, Max Henson of the Panthers' official site reports.

White has had short stints with the 49ers and Texans, but has mainly bounced around practice squads for four seasons. He will now look to make an impression in Carolina.

Jeremiah Sirles
News
Sirles (hamstring) was released from the Panthers' injured reserve on Thursday with an injury settlement, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports.

Sirles ended up on Carolina's injured reserve after suffering from a pulled hamstring. Having been granted his release, he's now an unrestricted free agent free to sign elsewhere.

Injury
Hamstring - Questionable for Week 5 vs. N.Y. Giants
Da'Norris Searcy
News
The Panthers placed Searcy on injured reserve after he suffered two concussions within 30 days of each other, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

It'll be a big loss for the Panthers, as Searcy combined for 70 defensive snaps through the first two weeks and made five tackles in the process. Expect Colin Jones to see an uptick in snaps.

Injury
Concussion - Injured Reserve
Devin Funchess
News
Funchess caught four of seven targets for 67 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 31-21 win over the Bengals.

Funchess came alive on Carolina's third drive, pulling in catches of 16 and 27 yards before finishing it off with a four-yard touchdown reception. He added a 20-yard grab in the fourth quarter. No other Panther had more than 24 receiving yards in this one, so Funchess was easily quarterback Cam Newton's favorite target. The 24-year-old receiver heads into the Week 4 bye with 185 yards and a touchdown on the season.

Colin Jones
News
Jones signed a two-year deal with the Panthers on Tuesday, Max Henson of the Panthers' official site reports.

Jones has been with Carolina since 2012, and this deal ensures that he will stay there through the 2018 season, barring a release. The safety has become a valuable special teams player for the Panthers since arriving and provides depth in the defensive backfield. Jones has 102 tackles, one interception and one sack in 89 games played since becoming a Panther.

Kendrick Norton
No Updates
Ross Cockrell
News
The Panthers placed Cockrell (leg) on injured reserve Wednesday, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.

Cockrell broke his left tibia and fibula during Monday's practice and underwent surgery to repair the leg. The 26-year-old is expected to miss the entirety of the 2018 regular season due to the unfortunate injury, with a long recovery process ahead. Kevon Seymour and second-rounder Donte Jackson should compete for a starting job at cornerback in Cockrell's absence.

Injury
Leg - Injured Reserve
Amini Silatolu
News
Silatolu (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's season opener against the Cowboys, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.

Silatolu returned to practice in a limited capacity this week after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus in early August. Brendan Mahon could see starting reps at left guard should Silatolu be unable to play.

Rashaan Gaulden
No Updates
Dorian Johnson
News
Johnson was waived by the Texans on Friday.

Johnson was signed by the Texans earlier this month but did not appear in a game. The rookie was let go in order to free up a roster spot, as the team added quarterback depth in the wake of Deshaun Watson's season-ending knee injury.

Thomas Davis
News
Davis announced Friday night that he will retire following the 2018 season, Max Henson of the Panthers' official site reports.

Davis is coming off his first sub-100 tackle season since 2011 and saw a significantly reduced snap count compared to previous campaigns. The 34-year-old indicated earlier this week that he expects a further reduced role next season, but his leadership status on the Panthers' defense is unlikely to change even if his IDP value takes a hit.

Injury
Suspension - Suspended until Week 6 at Washington
Connor Cook
News
Cook has joined Carolina's practice squad, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Cook, who was waived by the Raiders on Saturday, is looking to earn a new home in Carolina. The 2016 fourth-rounder had an uninspiring preseason and hasn't shown much throughout limited action in his NFL career. The Panthers' backup quarterback position remains murky, so it's conceivable that the the team could elect to transition Cook towards a depth role.

Donte Jackson
News
Jackson (groin) is listed as active Week 3 against Cincinnati.

Jackson only logged one limited practice this week, but the team saw enough in pregame warmups to allow the rookie to suit up for the home matchup. Opposing quarterbacks have been targeting Jackson through the first two games, and that's been beneficial for his counting stats. The second-round pick out of LSU already has 12 combined tackles, an interception and a forced fumble on the season.

Tyler Larsen
News
Larsen (elbow) played eight snaps in Friday's 25-14 preseason win over the Patriots.

It wasn't much, but it proves Larsen has shaken off his hyperextended elbow. He'll serve as Ryan Kalil's backup when Week 1 kicks off.

Cam Newton
News
Newton completed 15 of 24 passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns while adding 36 yards and two more touchdowns on 10 carries in Sunday's 31-21 win over the Bengals.

Newton tied the game at 7-7 late in the first quarter with a two-yard rushing score, then broke that tie on the next drive with a four-yard passing touchdown to Devin Funchess. He hooked up with C.J. Anderson for a 24-yard score on a screen pass later in the first half and picked up his second rushing touchdown of the contest from five yards out in the third quarter. This was another physical contest for Newton, so he'll be glad to rest up with a bye next week.

James Bradberry
News
Bradberry (groin) returned to practice Sunday, Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer reports.

Bradberry sat out Thursday's preseason game due to his groin injury but he appears to have recovered. Look for him to resume his role as a starting cornerback opposite Kevon Seymour.

Fred Ross
News
Ross (hip) cleared waivers and reverted to injured reserve, according to the league's official transaction log.

Ross was waived over the weekend due to an unspecified hip injury. Barring an injury settlement, the receiver is likely stuck on IR through the end of the league year.

Injury
Hip - Injured Reserve
Corey Robinson
News
Robinson (foot) is not listed on the Panthers' initial injury report Tuesday, Bryan Strickland of the Panthers' official site reports.

Robinson suffered a foot injury in late August before being dealt to Carolina from Detroit for a draft pick. It appears that is no longer a concern and he should be available for the regular-season opener Sunday against the Cowboys.

Graham Gano
News
Gano made a 54-yard field goal on his lone attempt in Sunday's 31-24 loss to the Falcons. He also made all three of his extra-point tries, registering six points in total.

Gano missed his only attempt from 50-plus yards last season, so he started this term on the right foot by converting his first opportunity Sunday. Through two weeks, Gano has netted 10 points while not missing a kick.

Julius Peppers
News
Peppers (shoulder) returned to practice Monday, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.

Monday marked Peppers' first practice of the season due in large part to his offseason shoulder surgery. Coach Ron Rivera also suggested that monitoring the 38-year-old's rest contributed to his elongated absence. Anyhow, Peppers will seemingly ease his way back into the mix and likely won't be heavily relied on during the early portion of the season.

Captain Munnerlyn
News
Munnerlyn (illness) is expected to be available for the Panthers' Week 13 game against the Saints, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.

Munnerlyn was inactive for Sunday's win over the Jets while recovering from a virus, but it appears his condition has already dramatically improved just one day later. Assuming he suffers no recurrence of the symptoms during the week, he should settle back in as the Panthers' nickelback.

Trai Turner
News
Turner (concussion) was ruled out for Sunday's game against Cincinnati, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.

Turner will miss his second straight game with the concussion as he did not practice this week. Tyler Larsen started at right guard for the Panthers in his absence last week and could again get the call against the Bengals. Turner will have some additional time to clear the concussion protocol with the Week 4 bye on the horizon.

Injury
Concussion - Inactive for Week 3 vs. Cincinnati
Michael Palardy
News
Palardy signed his restricted free-agent tender with Carolina on Monday, Bill Voth of the team's official site reports.

The 25-year-old served as the primary punter for the Panthers last season after having appeared in just seven games during the 2016 campaign. The contract agreement means Palardy will at least be punting through 2018.

Jared Norris
News
The Panthers placed Norris on injured reserve Tuesday with a calf injury, Max Henson of the team's official site reports.

Norris had appeared in 11 of the Panthers' 12 games this season, with all of his snaps coming on special teams. He'll be replaced on the 53-man roster by fellow linebacker Spencer Paysinger, whom the team signed to a contract Tuesday.

Mike Adams
News
Adams finished with 69 tackles (48 solo), two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and two fumbles forced in 16 games played this season.

Adams, who joined the Panthers last offseason, tied for the team high by having a hand in six turnovers forced. While that boosted his value, the 36-year-old posted his fewest tackles since 2013. Nonetheless, he still ranked fifth on Carolina in stops, and will be back in 2018 for the final year of his contract.

Greg Olsen
News
Olsen (foot) was spotted at Friday's practice without "a walking boot or noticeable limp," and David Newton of ESPN.com suggests Olsen could be "targeting a return" after the Panthers' Week 4 bye.

Olsen seemingly had been operating under a 4-to-5 week return timetable, but this report indicates he could be back a week or two sooner. It's a virtual certainty Olsen will not play this week against the Bengals, but if he keeps making progress, it appears there is a chance he could return to action with the rest of his teammates Week 5.

Injury
Foot - Inactive for Week 3 vs. Cincinnati
Torrey Smith
News
Smith caught three of six targets for 19 yards in Sunday's 31-21 win over the Bengals.

Smith was one target behind Devin Funchess' team-leading total, but the veteran wideout didn't get much going as Carolina's offense did most of its damage on the ground. Heading into the Week 4 bye, Smith hasn't exceeded three catches or 33 yards in a game, though he did find the end zone in Week 2.

Dontari Poe
News
Poe intends to sign a three-year contract with the Panthers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Poe signed a one-year deal with Atlanta last year and went on to record 39 tackles, including 2.5 sacks on the year. With Star Lotulelei leaving Carolina for Buffalo, Poe will slid into a run-stuffing role alongside pass-rushing maven Kawann Short.

Damiere Byrd
News
Byrd (knee) will be inactive for the second consecutive game Week 3 against Cincinnati.

Byrd was only able to log limited practices for the entire week after missing the season's second game against the Falcons. With Byrd on the shelf, look for rookie D.J. Moore to once again assume kick and punt return duties.

Injury
Knee - Inactive for Week 3 vs. Cincinnati
Jermaine Carter
No Updates
C.J. Anderson
News
Anderson rushed twice for nine yards and added a 24-yard touchdown catch on his lone target in Sunday's 31-21 win over Cincinnati.

Anderson was out-touched 30-3 by Christian McCaffrey in this one, but the backup running back made the most of his meager workload. The highlight of Anderson's day was definitely a screen pass that he took 24 yards to the house while barely getting touched. The veteran running back will be hoping the coaching staff incorporates him into the offense more after next week's bye.

Efe Obada
No Updates
Taylor Heinicke
News
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.

Mario Addison
News
Addison totaled three tackles (one solo), including 1.5 sacks, and a forced fumble in Sunday's 16-8 victory against Dallas.

Addison has averaged over 10 sacks per year the last two seasons and the strong run of play has continued into his age-31 season. His was one of several impressive individual performances in what was a strong day for the Panthers' defense. Addison and the rest of the unit will look to maintain momentum in next week's game against Atlanta.

Mose Frazier
News
Frazier was signed to the Panthers' active roster Friday, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports.

Frazier has been bouncing around between practice squads for the last two seasons. With wideouts Devin Funchess and Russell Shepard nursing shoulder injuries, Frazier will provide extra depth.

Cole Luke
News
Luke (ankle) is participating in team drills during training camp, Max Henson of the Panthers' official site reports.

Luke spent the 2017 season on injured reserve due to an ankle injury. His participation in the offseason program isn't clear, but the cornerback's involvement in team drills suggests he's since received medical clearance. Luke will compete for a depth role in the Panthers secondary.

Greg Van Roten
News
Van Roten signed a two-year extension with the Panthers on Monday, Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.

Van Roten was set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the league year. The Penn product appeared in 10 games for the Dolphins last season and, while most of his playing time came on special teams, took reps at both guard and center on offense.

Kawann Short
News
Short recorded two tackles and two sacks across 35 defensive snaps in Sunday's win over the Cowboys.

Short anchored the Panthers' defensive line on Sunday, holding Ezekiel Elliot to 69 yards in the contest. In addition to his two sacks, he also played a key role in Mario Addison's strip sack of Dak Prescott, as Short took on a double-team of blocks from the Cowboys' line.

Luke Kuechly
News
Kuechly registered eight tackles during Sunday's 31-24 loss to Atlanta.

Kuechly's high-level performance puts to rest any concerns regarding the knee injury he was dealing with heading into the Week 2 divisional contest. A healthy Kuechly should bode well for Carolina moving forward.

Ben Jacobs
News
Jacobs (undisclosed) made one tackle in Friday's 25-14 preseason win over the Patriots.

Jacobs struggled with an undisclosed injury throughout camp, but he appears ready to rock. The Panthers will need him immediately, too, since Thomas Davis is suspended for the first four games of the regular season. However, Jacobs is inexperienced and shouldn't be considered a viable IDP swap for Davis.

Wes Horton
News
Horton recorded three tackles (one solo), including 1.5 sacks, in Sunday's 16-8 win over the Cowboys.

Horton recorded a career-high 5.5 sacks in 2017 and he looks to be chasing a new career high in 2018. He'll look to continue the season with another strong outing next week against the division-rival Falcons.

Corn Elder
News
Corn (knee) has participated in offseason workouts this spring but is still regaining full strength in his right knee, Tom Sorenson of the Charlotte Observer reports.

Elder is bouncing back from a stress fracture in his patella, which required surgery in October and forced the cornerback to spend his entire rookie season on injured reserve. When healthy, the 2017 fifth-rounder is expected to compete for the top nickelback job in Carolina.

Brendan Mahon
News
Mahon played 27 snaps during Friday's 25-14 preseason win over the Patriots.

Mahon is fighting to make the 53-man roster. There are oodles of injuries on the Panthers' offensive front, but it still may not be enough for the 23-year-old to snag a spot.

Christian McCaffrey
News
McCaffrey rushed 28 times for 184 yards and hauled in both of his targets for 10 more yards in Sunday's 31-21 win over the Bengals.

McCaffrey was surprisingly quiet as a receiver, but he made up for it with a huge game on the ground. He set up a first-quarter Cam Newton touchdown with a career-long, 45-yard run. Newton's prowess as a short-yardage rusher (he scored two in this one), limits McCaffrey's scoring upside, but the second-year running back is a threat to pick up massive chunks of yardage in all situations. He'll have a chance to rest up after this heavy rushing workload with a bye next week.

David Mayo
News
Mayo will start during the Panthers' season opener against the Cowboys on Sunday, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.

With Thomas Davis (suspension) set to miss the first four games of the regular season, Mayo is primed for a substantial increase in playing time. The 25-year-old averaged less than 10 defensive snaps per game in 2017, so it remains to be seen how Mayo will adjust to a starter's workload. With Davis considering retirement after the 2018 season, Mayo may eventually take over the starting weak-side linebacker position full time.

Elijah Hood
News
Hood (knee) was placed on injured reserve Saturday, Joe Person of The Athletic Carolina reports.

Hood's placement on injured reserve will keep him out until at least Week 8 of the regular season. There's a chance Hood could be recalled to the active roster after Week 8, but the odds of that happening seem slim to none at the moment.

Injury
Knee - Injured Reserve
Chris Clark
News
Clark signed a contract with the Panthers on Wednesday, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.

Clark signed in conjunction with the placement of Darryl Williams (knee) on injured reserve. The 32-year-old veteran, who started eight games with Houston last season before suffering an ankle injury, is likely to play an immediate role against the Falcons on Sunday.

Reggie Bonnafon
No Updates
DJ Moore
News
Moore hauled in one of his two targets for a 51-yard touchdown reception Sunday in the Panthers' 31-24 loss to the Falcons. He also gained seven yards on his lone carry of the afternoon.

Though the rookie first-round pick has yet to carve out a major role in the Panthers' passing game, he put his dynamic speed and athleticism on display in Week 2. With Carolina trailing by 14 points late in the fourth quarter, Moore found a soft spot in the defense around the Atlanta 35-yard line, then stiff-armed a would-be tackler and outran multiple defenders for the score. Quarterback Cam Newton looked Moore's way again for a potential game-tying touchdown as time expired, but the wideout let a Hail Mary heave slip through his hands in the end zone while being blanketed by the Atlanta secondary. Despite the disappointing end to his day, Moore, who logged 17 offensive snaps for the second straight week, appears to have earned himself more opportunities in the Panthers' games to come. In his Monday meeting with the media, head coach Ron Rivera said one of his primary objectives will be to get Moore more involved offensively going forward, per Joe Person of The Athletic.

Chris Manhertz
News
Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said he expects Manhertz, Ian Thomas and fullback Alex Armah to share all the reps at tight end Sunday against the Falcons, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.

With Greg Olsen (foot) expected to sit out at least the next few games, the Panthers will have a major void to fill at tight end beginning in Week 2. Rather than signing another player to add depth at the position, Carolina seems content deploying Armah when needed, but Thomas and Manhertz seem likely to handle the overwhelming share of the duties. Thanks to his superior speed and athleticism, Thomas is the most likely of the trio to see involvement as a pass catcher and offer fantasy utility, while Manhertz and Armah project mainly as blockers. Over 24 career NFL games, Manhertz has hauled in just three passes for 27 yards.

Shaq Green-Thompson
News
The Panthers exercised Thompson's fifth-year option on Tuesday.

This has been the plan for almost a month now, and it's finally set in stone. In 2017, Thompson picked up 61 tackles (41 solo) and two sacks, but he'll likely expand his role in 2018 as Carolina prepares for veteran linebacker Thomas Davis to retire after the season.

Damian Parms
News
Parms (shoulder) was placed on injured reserve Sunday, Max Henson of the Panthers' official site reports.

Parms injured his shoulder during Thursday's preseason opener against the Bills. The extent of his injury remains unclear, but he's likely stuck on IR through the end of the league year unless he agrees to an injury settlement.

Injury
Shoulder - Injured Reserve
Kevon Seymour
News
The Panthers placed Seymour (shoulder) on injured reserve Saturday, Bill Voth of the team's official site reports.

Seymour spent last season in a reserve role with the Panthers, making 22 tackles and breaking up four passes. His shoulder injury appears serious, however, so Corn Elder will likely fill in for him.

Injury
Shoulder - Injured Reserve
Andre Smith
Injury
Coach's Decision - Inactive for Week 3 vs. Cincinnati
No Updates
Bryan Cox
News
Cox was helped off the field during Thursday's minicamp practice after sustaining a left knee injury, Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer reports.

The Panthers likely won't have a clear idea regarding the extent of Cox's injury until he's sent in for further evaluation. The 23-year-old appeared in seven games as an undrafted rookie in 2017, logging six tackles and a fumble recovery.

J.J. Jansen
No Updates
Taylor Moton
No Updates
Daryl Williams
News
The Panthers placed Williams (knee) on injured reserve Wednesday, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.

Williams recently underwent surgery on his right knee, a procedure that was reportedly unrelated to the dislocated patella he suffered in the offseason. In any case, the 2017 second-team All-Pro will be sidelined for at least the next eight weeks, with the potential to rejoin the 53-man roster thereafter as one of the two league-allotted players the Panthers can bring back IR. For the time being, Williams' role at right tackle will be covered by Amini Silatou and newly signed Chris Clark.

Injury
Knee - Injured Reserve
Taylor Hearn
No Updates
Jarius Wright
News
Wright brought in five of seven targets for 62 yards and a touchdown in the Panthers' 31-24 loss to the Falcons on Sunday.

The veteran receiver played a key role in the Panthers' passing attack with Greg Olsen (foot) out of action, posting the third-highest reception and receiving yardage totals on the afternoon. Wright has now seen 12 targets through his first two games, certainly an elevated figure for a wideout expected to fill a No. 4 role. He'll look to continue his productive start against the Bengals in Week 3.

Matt Kalil
News
Kalil (knee) was placed on injured reserve Sunday, Max Henson of the Panthers' official site reports.

Kalil will miss at least the first eight games of the regular season following arthroscopic knee surgery, and then he will be eligible to return to the active roster. Taylor Moton is slated to fill in as the starting left tackle during Kalil's absence, and Daryl Williams (knee) is starting at right tackle.

Injury
Knee - Injured Reserve
Lorenzo Doss
News
Doss was waived by the Broncos on Thursday, Mike Klis of 9 News Denver reports.

Doss failed to play a significant role for the Broncos this season after appearing in six games and recording four tackles with Denver last year. The defensive back will likely go unclaimed and end up as a free agent.

Injury
Coach's Decision - Inactive for Week 3 vs. Cincinnati
Jason Vander Laan
News
Vander Laan (shoulder) didn't participate in Friday's practice, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports.

Vander Laan finds himself in a crowded field of five players battling for a spot behind starter Greg Olsen. Since Olsen should see the lion's share of targets at the position, Vander Laan could potentially carve out a roster spot by focusing on his run-blocking abilities.

Marquis Haynes
Injury
Coach's Decision - Inactive for Week 3 vs. Cincinnati
No Updates
Cameron Artis-Payne
News
Artis-Payne (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's season-opening game against the Cowboys.

Artis-Payne will give way to C.J. Anderson as the sole backup behind Christian McCaffrey, with the Panthers keeping five receivers and three tight ends active Sunday against the Cowboys.

Ryan Kalil
News
Kalil announced Tuesday that he plans to retire from professional football after the 2018 season, Joseph Person of The Charlotte Observer reports. "This is going to be the last one for me," Kalil said.

The five-time Pro Bowler is set to turn 33 years old in March and is entering the final year of his contract. After a serious neck injury limited Kalil to just six regular-season games in 2017, it appears he's not inclined to jeopardize his long-term health by playing several more seasons. Kalil has since said that he's received full clearance from the Panthers' medical staff and doesn't believe his neck will provide any complications during his final NFL season.

Kyle Love
News
Love (ankle) will play in Sunday's game.

Love had been nursing an ankle injury prior to Sunday, but having practiced this week without any setbacks it seemed likely he would suit up.

Ian Thomas
News
Thomas caught three of five targets for 20 yards in Sunday's 31-21 win over the Bengals.

Thomas mustered only 10 receiving yards as the starter in Week 2, so the rookie tight end's role is slowly growing. He should continue to start while Greg Olsen (foot) sits for at least a few more weeks, and it wouldn't be surprising to see Thomas' role expand a bit after next week's bye.

Fozzy Whittaker
News
Whittaker was placed on injured reserve Thursday after tearing his ACL during OTAs.

Whittaker suffered the injury earlier this week during a non-contact drill, and his season is over before it even started as a result. Whittaker appeared in just 12 games last season and only ended up carrying the ball seven times, and he was is line to see limited opportunities again in 2018. The Panthers' backfield is expected to be lead by Christian McCaffrey and newly-signed C.J. Anderson, with Cameron Artis-Payne likely seeing limited snaps as well.

Injury
Knee - ACL - Injured Reserve
Josh Hawkins
News
Hawkins was promoted to the Panthers' active roster Saturday, Max Henson of the Panthers' official site reports.

Hawkins is the beneficiary of an open spot on the Panthers' 53-man roster. He will help provide depth at cornerback in Sunday's matchup with the Bengals, as starter Donte Jackson (groin) is considered questionable.

Curtis Samuel
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Samuel (chest) was officially ruled out for Sunday's game against the Bengals, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.

Samuel will miss his third straight game to start the season as he continues to recover from issues related to a irregular heartbeat. The 22-year-old didn't participant at practice this week but was able to do some limited workouts off to the side, so he is at least trending in the right direction.

Injury
Illness - Inactive for Week 3 vs. Cincinnati
Vernon Butler
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Butler was recently accused of assaulting a woman at a club in Dallas, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.

Butler reported to Panthers training camp Wednesday, less than 24 hours after the accusation became public. Charges haven't been filed, as police are still in the process of investigating.

Alex Armah
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Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said Thursday that he expects Armah to earn reps at tight end in the team's Week 2 game against the Falcons, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.

The Panthers officially list Armah as a fullback, but with Greg Olsen (foot) expected to be sidelined for at least a few weeks, the team requires additional depth at tight end. Though he scored on a goal-line carry in Carolina's season-opening win over the Cowboys, the 6-foot-2, 255-pound Armah is mainly valued for his blocking, and that's likely what he'll be tasked with nearly any time he lines up at tight end. Neither Armah nor Chris Manhertz is expected to draw many targets whenever on the field, with rookie fourth-round pick Ian Thomas instead representing the most likely candidate of the position group to see increased involvement as a pass catcher while Olsen is out.