Carolina Panthers

Stadium: Bank of America Stadium | Coach: Ron Rivera
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense26th96.5 (18th)174.5 (25th)
Defense1st60.0 (6th)136.5 (2nd)
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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
18Byrd, Damiere WR5-91801/27/19932South Carolina
57Cash, Jeremy LB6-023012/9/19922Duke
20Coleman, Kurt FS5-112084/1/19888Ohio State
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.)
94Hall, Daeshon DE6-52656/14/1995RTexas A&M
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
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
35Elder, Corn (IR) CB5-1018510/9/1994RMiami (Fla.)
71France, Dan (IR) T6-63154/1/19911Michigan State
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
7Butker, Harrison K6-42057/14/1995RGeorgia Tech
76Clausell, Blaine T6-63301/31/19921Mississippi State
64Cox, Bryan DE6-32706/25/1994RFlorida
 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.
77Moore, Zach DE6-62759/5/19902Concordia-St. Paul
71Obada, Efe DE6-62654/13/19921No College
25Parms, Damian DB6-221010/28/19921Florida Atlantic
37Southward, Dezmen DB6-220810/1/19903Wisconsin
Roster Analysis
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Position Listing
Devin Funchess
Funchess brought in four of seven targets for 68 yards in Sunday's 9-3 win over the Bills.

Funchess turned out to be Cam Newton's second-most targeted receiver of the afternoon, checking in behind only No. 1 wideout Kelvin Benjamin in both looks and receptions. The third-year pro has been a serviceable complementary option over his first pair of pro campaigns (54 receptions for 844 yards and nine touchdowns across 31 games), and given his new role as the Panthers' No. 2 pass catcher, he could be in line for career-best numbers across the board in 2017. He'll look to build on his solid Week 2 effort versus the Saints at home in Week 3.

Zach Moore
The Panthers claimed Moore off waivers Wednesday, Nick Wagoner of 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
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
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.

Knee - Injured Reserve
Amini Silatolu
No Updates
Brad Kaaya
Kaaya was claimed by the Panthers off waivers Sunday, Albert Breer of reports.

It makes sense that the Panthers want to cushion their depth chart with three quarterbacks seeing as Cam Newton has taken a beating the past few years as Carolina's starter. Don't expect Kaaya to make fantasy contributions in 2017, though.

Dezmen Southward
Southward (back) joined the Panthers' practice squad after clearing waivers Sunday.

Southward, who nursed a back injury throughout training camp, was unable to make it through to the 53-man roster. The 26-year-old will continue looking to make an impression in practice.

Kelvin Benjamin
Benjamin (knee) took part fully in Thursday's practice, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports.

Benjamin's full involvement intimates that the Panthers' decision to hold him out of practice entirely a day earlier was mostly precautionary. While the wideout could still wind up with an injury designation heading into Sunday's matchup with the Saints, if Benjamin is able to practice Friday in any capacity, it's likely that he'll be a safe lineup option in Week 3. He'll draw a favorable matchup against a Saints defense that was picked apart by Tom Brady for 447 yards and three touchdowns through the air last Sunday.

Thomas Davis
Davis registered seven tackles (five solo) in Sunday's 9-3 win over the Bills.

Davis leads Carolina with 14 stops through two games this season. The veteran's total Sunday included one tackle for loss, and he once again played the entirety of the Panthers' defensive snaps.

Harrison Butker
Butker cleared waivers and signed with the Panthers' practice squad Thursday, Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer reports.

Butker managed to crack the roster to open the season, but the Panthers ultimately decided against carrying multiple kickers. The 22-year-old remains on the Panthers practice squad for now, but he could get some looks from teams with starting kickers who struggle or get injured in the coming weeks.

Jonathan Stewart
Stewart carried 15 times for 40 yards in Sunday's 9-3 win over the Bills.

For the second time in as many games to open the 2017 campaign, Stewart proved that rumors of the demise of his lead-back role within the Panthers offense were greatly exaggerated. The veteran back gutted out a tough effort against a feisty Bills front, averaging only 2.7 yards per attempt but still outperforming heralded rookie Christian McCaffrey (eight rushes, 10 yards) on the ground. While Stewart's totals over the first two games are nothing to write home about (33 carries for 105 yards and two receptions for 17 yards), they do serve to alleviate concerns about him possibly being phased out in favor of McCaffrey, at least for the foreseeable future. He'll look to up his production against the beatable Saints in Week 3.

Tyler Larsen
No Updates
Austin Duke
No Updates
Cam Newton
Though Newton (ankle) was limited at Friday's practice and is listed as questionable, Panthers coach Ron Rivera said the quarterback will start Sunday's game against the Saints,'s David Newton reports.

While seemingly in no actual danger of missing the game, Newton may be a bit more hesitant to scramble on pass plays. The Panthers have already cut down on designed runs for their quarterback the past couple seasons, hoping to avoid nagging injuries like the ankle that limited Newton's practice participation all week. He's still in a nice spot against a New Orleans defense that barely put up a fight against Sam Bradford and Tom Brady the past two weeks.

Ankle - Limited Practice on Friday. Questionable for Week 3 vs. New Orleans
Daeshon Hall
Hall (knee) will play in Sunday's contest against the 49ers.

Hall likely will function as a depth defensive end but could be used as a special teams asset.

James Bradberry
Bradberry didn't record a tackle while playing in Thursday's preseason game versus the Jaguars.

Bradberry fractured his wrist in June, but he's participated in all three of Carolina's preseason tilts to date. Coming off a rookie campaign that included 59 tackles, 10 pass deflections and two interceptions, the second-year pro is slated to serve as the Panthers' top cornerback this season.

Ed Dickson
Dickson will serve as Carolina's top tight end in the absence of Greg Olsen, who is expected to miss 6-8 weeks with a broken foot, Brendan Marks of The Charlotte Observer reports.

Olsen hasn't missed a game with the Panthers, which explains why Dickson has only 39 catches in 50 regular-season games since joining the team. He did catch 54 of 89 targets for 528 yards and five touchdowns for the Ravens in 2011, but his hands aren't particularly reliable and he doesn't have a knack for getting open. While unlikely to emerge as a major threat down the seam in Olsen's mold, Dickson has at least shown some ability to pick up yards after the catch on short passes. He'll begin his tenure as the No. 1 tight end with a friendly matchup against the Saints.

Fred Ross
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.

Ankle - Injured Reserve
Graham Gano
Gano converted all three of his field-goal attempts en route to a 9-3 win over the Bills on Sunday.

Gano outlasted rookie Harrison Butker to claim Carolina's lone kicking position on the Week 2 roster, and the veteran's value was certainly apparent. With successful kicks from 34, 38 and 20 yards, Gano provided enough to clinch a victory, keeping his success rate perfect in the process.

Julius Peppers
Peppers registered six tackles (four solo) and two sacks in Sunday's 9-3 win over the Bills.

Peppers' homecoming was nothing short of special, as the 37-year-old nearly led the team in tackles while getting to the quarterback twice. In doing so, Peppers posted his first two-sack game since Week 15 of 2015.

Captain Munnerlyn
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
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
Norris (groin) is listed as out for Sunday's game against the 49ers.

With Norris out, Ben Jacobs will fill in as Shaq Thompson's backup and likely take a good chunk of special teams snaps as well.

Mike Adams
The Panthers signed Adams to play strong safety in 2017, Joseph Person of The Charlotte Observer reports.

The 36-year-old veteran recorded just two passes defended last season -- his lowest total since his 2007 campaign with the Browns. However, Adams still cranked out 79 tackles -- the third-highest mark of his career -- and notched another pair of forced fumbles to boot. Since his skills in coverage might be at a lesser level than that of his in the run game at this stage of his career, it makes sense for Adams to plug in at strong safety with the Panthers, where he'll get to play closer to the line of scrimmage. In turn, Kurt Coleman will be able to move back to his natural free safety position.

Greg Olsen
The Panthers placed Olsen (foot) on injured reserve Tuesday, Max Henson of the team's official site reports. "He broke the fifth metatarsal on his right foot -- it's called a Jones fracture," head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion said. "He had a screw inserted to repair the fracture."

With the nature of the injury known, Olsen will follow the typical 6-8 week recovery timetable, which conveniently lines up with the dates for a return to practice (six weeks) and activation from IR (eight). He'll thus be eligible to play again after the Panthers' Week 11 bye, or Sunday, Nov. 26 against the Jets on the road. In the meantime, Ed Dickson will receive the bulk of the tight end reps, but the team is also a candidate to add another body to the 53-man roster to bolster the ranks.

Foot - Injured Reserve
Damiere Byrd
Byrd caught four of six targets for 98 yards and two touchdowns in Wednesday's preseason opener against the Texans.

Byrd was promoted from Carolina's practice squad for just one game as a rookie, but he certainly made a strong impression to start his second preseason slate with the team. Not only did Byrd burn his man deep on play-action for a 50-yard touchdown catch during the second quarter, but he later wiggled free for an eight-yard score to begin the third. After teammate Brenton Bersin suffered an injury early on, Byrd took advantage of his added looks, which will help his case to make the Panthers roster this time around.

Efe Obada
No Updates
Mario Addison
Addison posted four tackles and one sack in Sunday's 9-3 win over the Bills.

Addison led the Panthers with 9.5 sacks last year, so his quarterback takedown Sunday marked more of the same. He'll look to build on his tally with a mouth-watering matchup against the Saints this Sunday.

Mose Frazier
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
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.

Ankle - Injured Reserve
Greg Van Roten
No Updates
John Theus
No Updates
Kawann Short
Short failed to record a tackle in Thursday's preseason game versus the Jaguars.

Short has unsurprisingly been featured sparingly during the preseason after signing a five-year, $80 million contract this offseason. Nonetheless, the 28-year-old should be geared up for the regular season, when he'll look to put together a third straight year with at least 55 tackles and six sacks.

Luke Kuechly
Kuechly finished Sunday's 9-3 win over the Bills with five tackles (three solo) and one forced fumble.

Kuechly played all 54 of the Panthers' defensive snaps, but the ineptitude of Buffalo's offense limited his tackling opportunities. Nonetheless, Kuechly was able to jar the ball loose once, even though Carolina couldn't recover. Through two games, Kuechly now boasts 12 tackles, one interception and one forced fumble.

Ben Jacobs
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
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
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.

Knee - Injured Reserve
Charles Johnson
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
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.

Back - Injured Reserve
Christian McCaffrey
McCaffrey rushed eight times for 10 yards, brought in four of five targets for 34 yards and totaled 30 yards on five punt returns in Sunday's 9-3 win over the Bills.

The electrifying rookie posted double-digit gains in the passing game (14 yards) and on special teams (11 yards), but he was completely bottled up on the ground by a tough Bills front seven. The speed of NFL defenses has helped largely neutralize McCaffrey over the first two regular-season games of his NFL career, as he's averaged just 2.7 yards per rush and a modest 8.0 yards per his nine receptions. Nevertheless, his upside is undeniable, and he'll look to break out against the beatable Saints defense in Week 3.

Bucky Hodges
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.

Head - Out for Week 3 vs. New Orleans
Teddy Williams
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.

Shoulder - Injured Reserve
David Mayo
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
Lotulelei (shoulder) started in the Panthers' preseason opener Wednesday against the Texans, Joe Person of the team's official site reports.

Lotulelei, who's bouncing back from offseason shoulder surgery, was limited throughout OTAs but appears to be fully recovered now that he was cleared for preseason action.

Derek Anderson
Anderson completed four of five passes for 76 yards and a touchdown in Wednesday's preseason opener against the Texans.

Anderson started while Cam Newton (shoulder) was sidelined for Carolina's first exhibition tilt, and the veteran proved why he's considered one of the more reliable backups league-wide. After putting the Panthers in field-goal range on his first drive, Anderson finished his night with a perfectly placed 23-yard touchdown pass to Kelvin Benjamin on his second possession in charge. While Newton will obviously be the man once the regular season rolls around, the Panthers are in safe hands with Anderson when needed.

Scott Simonson
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.

Back - Injured Reserve
Chris Manhertz
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
Thompson finished with two solo tackles in Thursday's preseason game against the Jaguars.

Thompson, Carolina's first-round pick in 2015, has yet to record 60 tackles in a season and boasts just one career sack and interception apiece, despite Luke Kuechly having been sidelined for significant stretches last season. His role still isn't consistent enough to warrant IDP value, and the presence of three-down stars like Kuechly and Thomas Davis figures to continue capping Thompson's fantasy ceiling.

Jeremy Cash
Cash (calf) is ruled out for Sunday's game against the Saints, Jourdan Rodrigue of the Charlotte Observer reports.

It appears Cash suffered a calf injury in practice Wednesday, as he was a listed as a limited participant then but as a non-participant in practice Thursday and Friday. However, as a reserve linebacker, his absence shouldn't have a significant impact on the outcome of Sunday's game.

Calf - Did Not Practice on Friday. Out for Week 3 vs. New Orleans
Damian Parms
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
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
The Panthers claimed Gunter off waivers Wednesday, Bill Voth of the team's official site reports.

Gunter, who was waived by Green Bay on Tuesday, is a smart corner who sees the field well, but he doesn't have the speed to make plays in the secondary. He'll work as a depth corner and special teams player in Carolina.

Bryan Cox
No Updates
J.J. Jansen
No Updates
Daryl Worley
Worley returned from a knee injury and practiced fully Thursday, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports.

Worley suffered the injury at some point during the Panthers' victory over the Bills on Sunday but still managed to play every defensive snap. The 23-year-old should be ready to suit up against the Saints for Week 3 and will likely resume his starting spot at cornerback.

Kurt Coleman
Coleman finished Sunday's season-opening win over the 49ers with six solo tackles.

Coleman was one of four players to be in on all of Carolina's defensive snaps. In doing so, he trailed only standouts Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis in tackles, which, assuming everyone stays healthy, should be an indication of what's to come again this season.

Taylor Moton
No Updates
Blaine Clausell
No Updates
Daryl Williams
No Updates
Garrett Gilbert
Gilbert signed with the Panthers' practice squad. The decision

Garrett signed a one-year deal with Carolina back in March before being waived this past weekend as part of the team's final roster cuts. The team elected to pick up rookie Brad Kaaya to serve as their No. 3 quarterback instead.

Matt Kalil
Kalil (groin) returned to practice Sunday, Steve Reed of The Associated Press reports.

Kalil had been sidelined with a groin injury the past few days, but it doesn't seem to have been very serious. Look for him to slot back in immediately at left tackle.

Andrew Norwell
No Updates
Cameron Artis-Payne
Artis-Payne is inactive for Sunday's season opener against the 49ers.

Despite an impressive preseason, Artis-Payne was scratched in Week 1. He's off the fantasy radar as long as fellow running backs Jonathan Stewart and Christian McCaffrey remain healthy.

Russell Shepard
Shepard caught one of two passes for six yards in Sunday's 9-3 win over the Bills.

Shepard led the Panthers in receiving in Week 1, but his second appearance for the team was much less impactful. That being said, Shepard played half of Carolina's offensive snaps, a sizable uptick from 30 percent last Sunday. He also garnered a red-zone target. With Greg Olsen (foot) sidelined going forward, the Panthers suddenly have a huge void in their passing game, which could perhaps allow Shepard to become a more regular figure.

Ryan Kalil
Kalil (neck) has been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Saints.

Though this marks Kalil's second absence in as many weeks, ESPN's David Newton relayed that head coach Ron Rivera doesn't believe the injury to be long term -- and that it isn't related to the shoulder injury that cut short his 2016 campaign. However, Rivera went on to say there's no timetable for the lineman's return at present. Look for Ted Larsen to start in his place until further notice.

Neck - Did Not Practice on Friday. Out for Week 3 vs. New Orleans
Kyle Love
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
Whittaker received a carry on his lone offensive snap of the game in Sunday's 23-3 win over the 49ers, gaining one yard.

As expected, the addition of first-round rookie Christian McCaffrey effectively eliminated any role Whittaker would have had on offense behind starting running back Jonathan Stewart. Whittaker is still a valued member on special teams, where he played 13 snaps Sunday, and that should be enough to keep him active ahead of fellow depth back Cameron Artis-Payne most weeks.

Drew Iddings
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.

Shoulder - Injured Reserve
Dan France
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.

Concussion - Injured Reserve
Curtis Samuel
Samuel caught two of three targets for seven yards in Sunday's 9-3 win over the Bills.

Samuel wasn't targeted in 12 snaps during his NFL debut, and while he played exactly the same amount of offensive snaps Sunday, the second-rounder was able to haul in a couple passes. Although he didn't do much with the ball in his hands, Samuel's role figures to grow over the course of his rookie campaign. With tight end Greg Olsen (foot) facing an extended stint on the sideline, the Panthers will need someone to help move the sticks, making Samuel's slot presence something to keep an eye on.

Demetrious Cox
No Updates
Vernon Butler
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
Arham 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 ultimately ending up on the team's practice squad.


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