Carolina Panthers

Stadium: Bank of America Stadium | Coach: Ron Rivera
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense18th95.5 (22nd)228.0 (17th)
Defense4th83.3 (5th)196.7 (7th)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
29Adams, Mike SS5-112053/24/198114Delaware
97Addison, Mario DE6-32609/6/19877Troy
3Anderson, Derek QB6-62356/15/198313Oregon State
40Armah, Alex RB6-22555/17/1994RWest Georgia
34Artis-Payne, Cameron RB5-102156/23/19903Auburn
13Benjamin, Kelvin WR6-52452/5/19914Florida State
24Bradberry, James CB6-12128/4/19932Samford
92Butler, Vernon DT6-43306/14/19942Louisiana Tech
31Byrd, Jairus DB5-1020310/7/19869Oregon
20Coleman, Kurt FS5-112084/1/19888Ohio State
64Cox, Bryan DE6-32706/25/1994RFlorida
36Cox, Demetrious DB6-02004/20/1994RMichigan State
58Davis, Thomas OLB6-12353/22/198313Georgia
84Dickson, Ed TE6-42557/25/19878Oregon
17Funchess, Devin WR6-42255/21/19943Michigan
9Gano, Graham K6-22024/9/19878Florida State
54Green-Thompson, Shaq OLB6-02304/21/19943Washington
23Gunter, LaDarius CB6-22015/13/19923Miami (Fla.)
96Horton, Wes DE6-526512/17/19895Southern California
53Jacobs, Ben LB6-42404/17/19884Fresno State
44Jansen, J.J. LS6-22351/20/198610Notre Dame
95Johnson, Charles DE6-22787/10/198611Georgia
42Jones, Colin FS6-020510/27/19877TCU
8Kaaya, Brad QB6-42159/3/1995RMiami (Fla.)
75Kalil, Matt T6-73157/6/19896Southern California
67Kalil, Ryan C6-23003/29/198511Southern California
59Kuechly, Luke MLB6-32384/20/19916Boston College
69Larsen, Tyler C6-43257/8/19912Utah
98Lotulelei, Star DT6-231512/20/19895Utah
93Love, Kyle DE6-131011/18/19866Mississippi State
82Manhertz, Chris TE6-62554/10/19922Canisius
55Mayo, David LB6-22458/8/19933Texas State
22McCaffrey, Christian RB5-112056/7/1996RStanford
72Moton, Taylor T6-53253/18/1994RWestern Michigan
41Munnerlyn, Captain DB5-91954/10/19889South Carolina
1Newton, Cam QB6-52455/11/19897Auburn
52Norris, Jared ILB6-12387/19/19932Utah
68Norwell, Andrew G6-632510/25/19914Ohio State
5Palardy, Michael P5-112007/6/19922Tennessee
90Peppers, Julius DE6-72951/18/198016North Carolina
10Samuel, Curtis WR5-111958/11/1996ROhio State
27Seymour, Kevon CB6-018511/30/19932Southern California
19Shepard, Russell WR6-11959/17/19905LSU
99Short, Kawann DT6-33152/2/19895Purdue
65Silatolu, Amini G6-43059/16/19885Midwestern State
37Southward, Dezmen DB6-220810/1/19903Wisconsin
28Stewart, Jonathan RB5-102403/21/198710Oregon
74Theus, John T6-63031/19/19942Georgia
70Turner, Trai G6-33156/14/19934LSU
73Van Roten, Greg G6-33052/26/19903Pennsylvania
43Whittaker, Fozzy RB5-102052/2/19895Texas
60Williams, Daryl T6-63308/31/19923Oklahoma
26Worley, Daryl CB6-12052/22/19952West Virginia
Injured Players
18Byrd, Damiere (IR) WR5-91801/27/19932South Carolina
35Elder, Corn (IR) CB5-1018510/9/1994RMiami (Fla.)
71France, Dan (IR) T6-63154/1/19911Michigan State
94Hall, Daeshon (IR) DE6-52656/14/1995RTexas A&M
91Iddings, Drew (IR) DT6-52903/16/19931South Dakota
12Johnson, Charles (IR) WR6-22172/27/19894Grand Valley State
32Luke, Cole (IR) CB5-112006/30/1995RNotre Dame
88Olsen, Greg (IR) TE6-52553/11/198511Miami (Fla.)
2Ross, Fred (IR) WR6-22105/19/1995RMississippi State
80Simonson, Scott (IR) TE6-52554/13/19923Assumption
21Williams, Teddy (IR) DB6-12107/3/19886Texas-San Antonio
61Yankey, David (IR) G6-63151/18/19923Stanford
Practice Squad
 Bigger, Ezekiel LB6-223511/6/1992REast Carolina
76Clausell, Blaine T6-63301/31/19921Mississippi State
 Duke, Austin WR5-91708/3/1993RNorth Carolina-Charlotte
81Frazier, Mose WR5-111908/30/19931Memphis
4Gilbert, Garrett QB6-42307/1/19911Southern Methodist
 Hodges, Bucky TE6-62578/8/1995RVirginia Military Inst.
 Jones, Jamaal WR6-11891/31/1993RMontana
77Moore, Zach DE6-62759/5/19902Concordia-St. Paul
71Obada, Efe DE6-62654/13/19921No College
25Parms, Damian DB6-221010/28/19921Florida Atlantic
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
Carolina6-5315.36-3290.326.62137
 
 
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Position Listing
Devin Funchess
News
Funchess caught three of nine targets for 36 yards in Thursday night's 28-23 loss to the Eagles.

Funchess caught a team-long pass of 20 yards during the fourth quarter, but failed to make much of an impact with his other eight looks. Along with his two-game touchdown streak, Funchess' four-game steak of having at least 50 yards was also snapped. On the bright side, Funchess has now seen at least eight targets in Carolina's past four games, providing reassurance ahead of a potential bounce back performance in Week 7 versus the Bears.

Zach Moore
News
The Panthers claimed Moore off waivers Wednesday, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.

Moore will be entering his fourth year in the NFL, but he's logged a total of just three tackles in his career, all of which came in 2014 with the Patriots. After relatively unsuccessful stints with the Cowboys and most recently, the 49ers, Moore will now head to the Panthers, where he'll have a shot to battle for a roster spot during training camp.

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.

Charles Johnson
News
Johnson (knee) reverted to the Panthers' injured reserve list Wednesday.

Johnson was waived Tuesday after undergoing surgery on his right knee, according to Max Henson of the team's official site. He'll need to either agree to an injury settlement or be one of the two players the Panthers activate off IR in order to have a chance at playing in 2017.

Injury
Knee - Injured Reserve
Amini Silatolu
No Updates
Jamaal Jones
News
Jones signed a reserve/future contract with the Chargers on Thursday.

Jones was with the Chargers last offseason but was eventually released near the end of the preseason. He'll look to earn a role as a depth receiver and special teams player in 2017.

Brad Kaaya
News
Kaaya was waived by the Lions on Saturday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Despite showing improvement directing the team's offense, Kaaya has been let go. His release cements Jake Rudock as the Lions' backup QB.

Dezmen Southward
News
The Panthers waived Southward on Monday, Max Henson of the team's official website reports.

Southward let go in order for the team to increase their depth at quarterback. He was just promoted to that active roster last week, and will now presumably revert back to the Panthers' practice squad.

Kelvin Benjamin
News
Benjamin caught nine of 13 targets for 99 yards in Thursday night's 28-23 loss to the Eagles.

Benjamin led the Panthers in receiving yards, coming just a hair shy of his sixth-career 100-yard game. Still, the big-bodied wideout was able to set season highs in receptions and targets, continuing a strong three-week stretch since going for just eight yards in Week 3. Just over the third of the way into the season, Benjamin paces Carolina with 371 receiving yards, but will look to add to his mere one touchdown in Week 7 against the Bears.

Thomas Davis
News
Davis finished with six tackles (four solo) and a sack in Thursday night's 28-23 loss to the Eagles.

Davis' production was limited because he's been playing with a ribs injury the past couple weeks, but the veteran returned to his usual workload Thursday, playing 89 percent of Carolina's defensive snaps. In doing so, he managed his most tackles since Week 3, while recording his second sack of the season to boot.

Jonathan Stewart
News
Stewart lost four yards on eight rushes and failed to catch his two targets in Thursday night's 28-23 loss to the Eagles.

Stewart endured a dreadful performance, with his negative four yards marking the lowest in his 122 career games. While Philadelphia's run defense has proved unyielding thus far, the veteran also dropped a screen pass to start the second half, resulting in an interception deep in Panthers territory. At 30 years old, the short week could've hurt Stewart's preparation, but with an average of just 2.9 yards per carry and zero rushing touchdowns through six weeks, it's worth wondering how much the previously productive Stewart can still offer.

Tyler Larsen
No Updates
Austin Duke
No Updates
Cam Newton
News
Newton completed 28 of 52 passes for 239 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions in Thursday night's 28-23 loss to the Eagles. He also rushed 11 times for 71 yards and another score.

Newton was forced to carry the Panthers in the absence of a running game, resulting in not only him leading the team on the ground, but also setting a new career high in passing attempts. The signal-caller got his third rushing touchdown of the season by keeping an option and juking a defender to score from 16 yards out. After that, though, Newton's performance was marred by a couple faultless turnovers deep in his own territory. His first interception only occurred after his own lineman was plowed back into him mid-throw, resulting in a floating pass that was easily picked off. Then, to start the second half, a simple screen pass bounced off Jonathan Stewart's hands and into a defender's. While Newton rallied with a one-yard touchdown to Christian McCaffrey in the fourth quarter, a miscommunication gave him a third interception on Carolina's next drive. Overall, Newton will be frustrated by his turnovers, yet his massive usage produced a decent fantasy output.

Daeshon Hall
News
Hall (knee) was placed on injured reserve Friday.

The rookie third-round pick only played nine defensive snaps in Week 1 before suffering a knee injury that kept him out the next three weeks. Hall will now shift his focus to rehabbing for the 2018 season, when there may be more openings on the Panthers' defensive line.

Injury
Knee - Injured Reserve
James Bradberry
News
Bradberry finished with six tackles (four solo) and a sack in Thursday night's 28-23 loss to the Eagles.

Bradberry's sack marked the first of his young career. Through six games, Carolina's No. 1 cornerback's 31 tackles trail only Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis, and Bradberry has also deflected three passes.

Ed Dickson
News
Dickson caught four of eight targets for 36 yards in Thursday night's 28-23 loss to the Eagles.

Dickson came back down to earth after exploding for a career-high 175 yards last Sunday. Through his eight seasons, Dickson has proved his output Thursday is more of what fantasy owners should expect. While Dickson is yet to find the end zone this season, his 17 targets over the past three weeks trump his mere four through the first three, evidencing his expanded role in Greg Olsen's absence.

Fred Ross
News
Ross (ankle) was placed on injured reserve Friday, Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.

Ross, who's dealing with a high ankle sprain and a bone bruise, is unlikely to come off IR unless he agrees to an injury settlement.

Injury
Ankle - Injured Reserve
Jairus Byrd
News
Byrd signed with the Panthers on Tuesday, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports.

Byrd was seen as one of the best safeties in the league when he was a three-time Pro Bowler with the Bills, but then, after signing a six-year deal with the Saints, he wasn't the same player. After being released by the Saints during the offseason, Byrd finally will get another shot, with Panthers starting safety Kurt Coleman set for a multiweek absence with a sprained MCL. Byrd likely will fill in as a reserve safety until Coleman is able to make his return to the field.

Graham Gano
News
Gano converted all three of his field-goal attempts and both of his extra-point tries en route to 11 points in Thursday night's 28-23 loss to the Eagles.

Gano has now missed just one field goal and one extra point through six games. With a total of 56 points, the veteran has proven to be a great fantasy value.

Julius Peppers
News
Peppers recorded a sack and forced a fumble during Thursday night's 28-23 loss to the Eagles.

Peppers' first-quarter strip sack continued his streak of three straight games with a quarterback takedown. Through six games, the veteran has totaled 6.5 sacks, making an immediate impact in his return to Carolina.

Captain Munnerlyn
News
Munnerlyn (hamstring) will participate in his first practice of training camp Tuesday, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.

Munnerlyn missed about a week with the injury, which he apparently suffered while working out on his own during the offseason. There's still a little over a week before the Panthers' preseason opener, so Munnerlyn should be good to go for that contest if he endures no setbacks with the hamstring in practices the next few days.

Trai Turner
News
Turner signed a four-year, $45 million contract extension with the Panthers on Thursday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

Turner, a 2014 third-round selection out of LSU, has played over 3,000 snaps with the Panthers' offensive line unit throughout his young career. His performance dipped in 2016 as he was forced to occasionally switch to right tackle due to injuries, but Turner has shown flashes of excellence and will look to return to that level throughout the next four years in Carolina.

Michael Palardy
No Updates
Jared Norris
News
Norris is nursing a groin injury and was held out of Thursday's practice, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.

Norris has been absent from both of the Panthers' first two practices of the week, putting his status in question for the season opener Sunday against the 49ers. Given his status as a reserve linebacker, Norris isn't on the fantasy radar in IDP leagues.

Mike Adams
News
Adams posted eight tackles (three solo) in Thursday night's 28-23 loss to the Eagles.

Adams led the Panthers in stops, bringing his tally to 30 through six games, which is good for fifth on Carolina thus far.

Greg Olsen
News
Olsen (foot) believes he's on track to resume practicing when first eligible to do so in Week 10, Joseph Person of The Charlotte Observer reports. "The big step now is to get out of the (protective) boot," Olsen said Wednesday. "But to be only three weeks and be in the boot walking with no crutches has been a good step. So just keep going and hopefully in a couple weeks be able to get back out on the field."

Olsen is still wearing a protective book on his fractured right foot, but he no longer needs crutches to get around. He can return to practice in Week 10, and he'll be eligible to play in games starting with a Week 12 matchup against the Jets. While it's still too early to tell if he'll actually be ready, the veteran tight end's optimism is at least a good sign. Carolina's late-season schedule appears favorable for offensive production, with dome trips to New Orleans (Week 13) and Atlanta (Week 17) sandwiched around three consecutive home games in Weeks 14-16.

Injury
Foot - Injured Reserve
Damiere Byrd
News
Byrd (arm) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports.

Byrd suffered a broken forearm on a 12-yard end around in Sunday's win over the Patriots. With Byrd now on injured reserve, the Panthers only have three healthy wide receivers, but they elected to use the open roster spot to sign veteran safety Jairus Byrd, as their secondary is also pretty banged up.

Injury
Arm - Injured Reserve
Efe Obada
No Updates
Mario Addison
News
Addison (knee) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice and will be ready for Thursday's game against the Eagles, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.

Even when Addison was healthy, he was often limited in his snap count due to the pass rush that veteran Julius Peppers can bring to the table. Therefore, he can be a risky fantasy deployment, especially with just 14 tackles (nine solo) through the first five games.

Mose Frazier
News
Despite a six-catch, 79-yard performance in the preseason finale against Arizona, Frazier has been cut Mike Klis of 9NEWS reports.

Frazier looked solid in extended action against Arizona, including a stretched out catch near the sideline. Frazier was one of Paxton Lynch's favorite targets while they were both playing at Memphis and Frazier could be a candidate for the practice squad so that he can try to develop in a similar way as former undrafted free agents Bennie Fowler and Jordan Taylor.

Cole Luke
News
Luke (ankle) was placed on injured reserve Thursday.

Luke did not play in the Panthers' season-opening victory over the 49ers on Sunday after not practicing last week. The 27-year-old will now spend the remainder of the season on IR unless he reaches an injury settlement with the team.

Injury
Ankle - Injured Reserve
Greg Van Roten
No Updates
John Theus
No Updates
Kawann Short
News
Short finished with two tackles (one solo) and a sack in Sunday's 33-30 win over the Patriots.

Short has become notorious for slow starts, as besides his 2013 rookie season, he's never managed a sack before Week 4 of a campaign. Considering he now sports 18 sacks through his last 36 games, however, fantasy owners can expect Short to pick up the pace going forward.

Luke Kuechly
News
Kuechly remains in the concussion protocol and his status hasn't changed since he was first diagnosed with the head injury during Thursday's loss to the Eagles.

An earlier report from Adam Schefter of ESPN indicated that the four-time All-Pro linebacker passed concussion tests following his removal from Thursday's game, but with the Panthers refuting that report, it appears Kuechly's status for the Week 7 matchup with the Bears is still on shaky ground. Kuechly, who suffered the injury upon colliding with Eagles guard Brandon Brooks, has sustained at least four documented concussions during his career, which could prompt the Panthers to take extra caution with him even if he passes through all phases of the league protocol before next Sunday's contest.

Injury
Concussion - Questionable for Week 7 at Chicago
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 has signed a two-year contract to remain with the Panthers.

Horton's deal with keep him in Carolina through the 2018 campaign. Undrafted out of USC, Horton has been released and re-signed by the Panthers three times since entering the league in 2013, but after starting 10 of his 11 games played last year, he'll now enjoy some job security heading into the upcoming season.

Corn Elder
News
Elder (knee) is expected to miss an extended period of time, Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer reports.

Elder's knee injury seems to be lingering longer than the 22-year-old can afford. Coach Ron Rivera declined to say whether Elder would play in any of the team's upcoming preseason games, which doesn't bode well for him from a job security standpoint. As it currently stands, Elder projects to function as a depth secondary player, but an extended absence from the field could move him down in the pecking order.

Injury
Knee - Injured Reserve
Charles Johnson
News
Johnson (back) was not listed on the first Panthers' injury report of the season Tuesday, Bryan Strickland of the Panthers' official website reports.

Johnson's back issues in camp were closely connected to the hamstring injuries that have caused him to miss 10 games over the past two seasons. As expected, the Panthers allowed the veteran to ease his way back into game shape in order to avoid aggravating the injury. The goal was for the 31-year-old to return Week 1, and judging by his absence from the team's injury report, his recovery went according to plan. Given the depth on the team's defensive line, do not expect Johnson to see a full workload right away.

David Yankey
News
Yankey (back) was placed on injured reserve Friday, Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.

The nature of Yankey's back injury isn't clear.

Injury
Back - Injured Reserve
Christian McCaffrey
News
McCaffrey rushed four times for eight yards and caught 10 of 14 targets 56 yards and a touchdown in Thursday night's 28-23 loss to the Eagles.

McCaffrey followed his first career touchdown last Sunday by catching a one-yard pass to pay dirt during the fourth quarter. In doing so, the rookie was able to reach double-digit catches for the first time, pacing the Panthers in the category. While his yardage proved modest, McCaffrey's presence in the passing game has been reliable to start this season. On the ground, however, he's failed to top 16 yards while averaging just five carries since Week 1. In recent weeks, quarterback Cam Newton has led the running game, but with Carolina undoubtedly preferring not to rely on that, it'll be interesting to see whether McCaffrey is used more carrying the ball going forward, especially with veteran Jonathan Stewart averaging just 2.9 yards on 14.2 carries per game.

Bucky Hodges
News
Hodges (head) was waived by the Vikings off injured reserve Tuesday after both sides reached an injury settlement, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Hodges was waived/injured by the club during final roster cuts prior to Week 1, and he reverted to the IR. He now is free to find a new opportunity once he fully recovers from his head injury.

Injury
Head - Out for Week 7 at Chicago
Teddy Williams
News
Williams (shoulder) was placed on injured reserve Friday, Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.

Williams sustained a shoulder stinger in Thursday's preseason finale against the Steelers. Barring an injury settlement, he's unlikely to come off IR until season's end.

Injury
Shoulder - 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 (shoulder) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports.

Lotulelei was held out of practice Wednesday with the shoulder problem, but it appears as though it was just precautionary, as the defensive tackle was back in a full capacity the next day. Expect Lotulelei to be a full go in Sunday's matchup with the Patriots.

Derek Anderson
News
Anderson completed two of seven passes for 17 yards in Sunday's 34-13 loss to the Saints.

Anderson featured for Carolina's final two drives, with the Panthers trailing 34-13 with four minutes remaining when he entered the already-decided contest. Although starter Cam Newton threw three interceptions, Anderson only figures to play in similar blowout situations as long as Newton is healthy.

Scott Simonson
News
Simonson (back) was placed on injured reserve Friday, Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.

Simonson is dealing with a back injury of some kind. He's likely stuck on IR all season unless he agrees to an injury settlement.

Injury
Back - Injured Reserve
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 recorded seven tackles (three solo) in Thursday night's 28-23 loss to the Eagles.

Thompson trailed only teammate Mike Adams in stops, continuing his improved stretch of production. The former first-round pick has totaled 28 tackles and a sack over Carolina's last four games. Although fellow linebacker Thomas Davis has returning to his usual workload since suffering a rib injury a few weeks back, Luke Kuechly was forced into an early exit Thursday, potentially leaving Thompson in line for more work.

Damian Parms
News
Parms signed with the Panthers on Sunday.

Carolina had shown a steady level of interest in signing Parms for several months and finally reached an agreement with the former Florida Atlantic standout. If he makes the team, Parms projects as a special teams asset.

Kevon Seymour
News
Seymour was dealt to the Panthers from the Bills on Saturday in exchange for wide receiver Kaelin Clay and a seventh-round selection in the 2019 NFL Draft, Joe Buscaglia of 7 WKBW reports.

Seymour was going to finish third in a battle with Shareece Wright and E.J. Gaines for the vacant starting cornerback spot in Buffalo, so the Bills unloaded him for a position of greater need. He's talented enough to perhaps work his way into the nickel corner spot for the Panthers.

LaDarius Gunter
News
Gunter was waived by the Packers on Tuesday, Rob Demovsky of ESPN reports.

The move was made in order to make roster room for the returning Geronimo Allison (suspension). Gunter, who spent his first two seasons in Green Bay, is a likely candidate to land on the Packers' practice squad.

Bryan Cox
News
The Panthers promoted Cox to their 53-man roster Saturday, Jourdan Rodrigue of the Charlotte Observer reports.

Cox was called up for insurance on the defensive line, as veteran defensive end Julius Peppers (shoulder) was a late addition to the injury report Saturday. The rookie could potentially see some rotational reps should Peppers ultimately be ruled out.

J.J. Jansen
No Updates
Daryl Worley
News
Worley (ankle) practiced without limitations Wednesday and will be ready for Thursday's matchup with the Eagles, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.

Worley has been solid in the games he's played, averaging over four tackles and one pass breakup per game. With the banged-up secondary he's a part of, Worley will continue to be a deployed on almost every down.

Kurt Coleman
News
Coleman (knee) has been ruled out of Thursday's game against the Eagles, Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.

Not all too shocking considering Coleman sprained his MCL less than two weeks ago. Look for a combination of Colin Jones and new addition Jairus Byrd to fill in at free safety Thursday night.

Injury
Knee - MCL - Questionable for Week 7 at Chicago
Taylor Moton
No Updates
Blaine Clausell
No Updates
Daryl Williams
No Updates
Garrett Gilbert
News
Gilbert was promoted to the active roster Monday, Max Henson of the Panthers' official site reports.

This seems like an odd signing for Carolina, as they already have three signal callers on the active roster. It's possible the Panthers are hoping to flip him for a mid-to-late round pick given all the injuries to quarterbacks around the league. Regardless, Gilbert still resides far off the fantasy radar.

Matt Kalil
News
Kalil (groin) practiced without limitations Wednesday, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.

Kalil was limited for practices earlier in the week, but it was likely just a precautionary measure. He's on track to play Thursday against the Eagles.

Andrew Norwell
No Updates
Cameron Artis-Payne
News
Artis-Payne is listed as active Sunday in New England, Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer reports.

Artis-Payne will be available on game day for the first time this season. With all four running backs on the 53-man roster active, though, it remains to be seen exactly how he'll be utilized. More than likely, Artis-Payne is slated for special-teams duty.

Russell Shepard
News
Shepard caught two of six targets for 12 yards in Thursday night's 28-23 loss to the Eagles.

Shepard had previously only seen a maximum of two targets in any game since joining the Panthers. Although he was more involved Thursday, his couple of catches matched his high this season, and he's yet to top 15 yards since Week 1.

Ryan Kalil
News
Kalil (neck) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Eagles, Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.

Kalil will miss his second straight contest due to a neck injury after the center failed to participate in practice Monday and Tuesday. Look for Tyler Larsen to continue to start in Kalil's absence.

Injury
Neck - Questionable for Week 7 at Chicago
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.

Fozzy Whittaker
News
Whittaker (ankle) will not return to Thursday's matchup with the Eagles, Steve Reed of The Associated Press reports.

Whittaker suffered an ankle injury in the first quarter of the contest, ending his night before it really got started. The Panthers will likely move forward with Jonathan Stewart and Christian McCaffrey in the backfield for the remainder of the contest. Look for more updates on the injury to come sometime this weekend.

Injury
Ankle - Questionable for Week 7 at Chicago
Drew Iddings
News
Iddings (shoulder) cleared waivers and reverted to the Panthers' injured reserve list Monday, Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer reports.

Iddings was a long shot to land a spot on 53-man roster prior to going down with a shoulder injury during practice last week.

Injury
Shoulder - Injured Reserve
Dan France
News
France (concussion) was placed on injured reserve Friday, Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.

France sustained a concussion in the Panthers' third preseason tilt. Barring an injury settlement, he's likely stuck on IR all season.

Injury
Concussion - Injured Reserve
Curtis Samuel
News
Samuel took one carry for eight yards but wasn't targeted during Thursday night's 28-23 loss to the Eagles.

Samuel's lone end-around carry surprisingly allowed him to finish second on the team in rushing, trailing only quarterback Cam Newton. While that evidences Carolina's struggles on the ground, Samuel was not involved in the passing game despite playing 28 percent of the offensive snaps. With just six touches through his first five games, Samuel's impact been felt more on special teams, where he's returned five kickoffs for 107 yards and made two tackles.

Demetrious Cox
News
Cox (ankle) has been ruled out for Thursday's matchup with the Eagles, Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.

Cox was not able to practice Monday and Tuesday and will now miss his second straight contest as a result. Dezmen Southward, who was promoted to the active roster Friday, could see an increase in special team reps given Cox's absence.

Injury
Ankle - Questionable for Week 7 at Chicago
Ezekiel Bigger
No Updates
Vernon Butler
News
Butler returned from a shoulder injury was a full participant at practice Thursday, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports.

Butler tweaked his shoulder against the Bills on Sunday and played only 13 of 54 defensive snaps. The 23-year-old looks ready to go for Week 3 and will likely return to his role on Carolina's defensive line behind Kawann Short.

Alex Armah
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Armah was promoted to the Panthers' active roster Tuesday, Max Henson of the Panthers' official site reports.

With tight end Greg Olsen landing on injured reserve after breaking his right foot, the Panthers will use their open roster spot to promote Armah. Armah was drafted in the sixth round of the 2017 NFL Draft by Carolina before landing on the team's practice squad.

 

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