|Offense||18th||134.5 (5th)||195.4 (28th)|
|Defense||5th||89.5 (3rd)||212.6 (7th)|
|3||Anderson, Derek||QB||6-6||235||6/15/1983||13||Oregon State|
|40||Armah, Alex||RB||6-1||255||5/17/1994||R||West Georgia|
|92||Butler, Vernon||DT||6-4||330||6/14/1994||2||Louisiana Tech|
|18||Byrd, Damiere||WR||5-9||180||1/27/1993||2||South Carolina|
|20||Coleman, Kurt||FS||5-11||208||4/1/1988||8||Ohio State|
|9||Gano, Graham||K||6-2||202||4/9/1987||8||Florida State|
|4||Gilbert, Garrett||QB||6-4||230||7/1/1991||1||Southern Methodist|
|23||Gunter, LaDarius||CB||6-2||201||5/13/1992||3||Miami (Fla.)|
|96||Horton, Wes||DE||6-5||265||12/17/1989||5||Southern California|
|53||Jacobs, Ben||LB||6-4||240||4/17/1988||4||Fresno State|
|44||Jansen, J.J.||LS||6-2||235||1/20/1986||10||Notre Dame|
|75||Kalil, Matt||T||6-7||315||7/6/1989||6||Southern California|
|67||Kalil, Ryan||C||6-2||300||3/29/1985||11||Southern California|
|59||Kuechly, Luke||MLB||6-3||238||4/20/1991||6||Boston College|
|93||Love, Kyle||DE||6-1||310||11/18/1986||6||Mississippi State|
|55||Mayo, David||MLB||6-2||245||8/8/1993||3||Texas State|
|77||Moore, Zach||DE||6-6||275||9/5/1990||2||Concordia-St. Paul|
|72||Moton, Taylor||T||6-5||325||8/18/1994||R||Western Michigan|
|41||Munnerlyn, Captain||DB||5-9||195||4/10/1988||9||South Carolina|
|68||Norwell, Andrew||G||6-6||325||10/25/1991||4||Ohio State|
|88||Olsen, Greg||TE||6-5||255||3/11/1985||11||Miami (Fla.)|
|90||Peppers, Julius||DE||6-7||295||1/18/1980||16||North Carolina|
|27||Seymour, Kevon||CB||6-0||185||11/30/1993||2||Southern California|
|65||Silatolu, Amini||G||6-4||305||9/16/1988||5||Midwestern State|
|73||Van Roten, Greg||G||6-3||305||2/26/1990||3||Pennsylvania|
|26||Worley, Daryl||CB||6-1||205||2/22/1995||2||West Virginia|
|36||Cox, Demetrious (IR)||DB||6-0||200||4/20/1994||R||Michigan State|
|35||Elder, Corn (IR)||CB||5-10||185||10/9/1994||R||Miami (Fla.)|
|71||France, Dan (IR)||T||6-6||315||4/1/1991||1||Michigan State|
|94||Hall, Daeshon (IR)||DE||6-5||265||6/14/1995||R||Texas A&M|
|91||Iddings, Drew (IR)||DT||6-5||290||3/16/1993||1||South Dakota|
|12||Johnson, Charles D. (IR)||WR||6-2||217||2/27/1989||4||Grand Valley State|
|32||Luke, Cole (IR)||CB||5-11||200||6/30/1995||R||Notre Dame|
|52||Norris, Jared (IR)||ILB||6-1||238||7/19/1993||2||Utah|
|2||Ross, Fred (IR)||WR||6-2||210||5/19/1995||R||Mississippi State|
|10||Samuel, Curtis (IR)||WR||5-11||195||8/11/1996||R||Ohio State|
|80||Simonson, Scott (IR)||TE||6-5||255||4/13/1992||3||Assumption|
|74||Theus, John (IR)||T||6-6||303||1/19/1994||2||Georgia|
|21||Williams, Teddy (IR)||DB||6-1||210||7/3/1988||6||Texas-San Antonio|
|61||Yankey, David (IR)||G||6-6||315||1/18/1992||3||Stanford|
|Aguayo, Roberto||K||6-0||207||5/17/1994||2||Florida State|
|Brown, Richie||LB||6-2||234||4/15/1994||R||Mississippi State|
|76||Clausell, Blaine||T||6-6||330||1/31/1992||1||Mississippi State|
|71||Obada, Efe||DE||6-6||265||4/13/1992||1||No College|
|25||Parms, Damian||DB||6-2||210||10/28/1992||1||Florida Atlantic|
|Simmons, Jalen||RB||5-8||220||4/1/1992||1||South Carolina State|
Funchess' reception and yardage totals were both his lowest in the last five games, but facing top cornerback Xavier Rhodes always figured to complicate matters. While his relative dip Sunday speaks to how good Funchess has been lately, the wideout still led the Panthers in receiving yards and scored an 18-yard six-pointer during the third quarter. In doing so, Funchess has now found the end zone four times in as many games and has a much better matchup against a banged-up Packers cornerback group in Week 15.
Moore had been residing on the team's practice squad so far this season. The 27-year-old takes the roster spot of offensive lineman John Theus (concussion), who was placed on injured reserve, and should serve as a depth option on the defensive line.
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.
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.
Clay was unable to practice Wednesday before logging limited sessions Thursday and Friday due to his minor shoulder injury, but the Panthers' punt returner will be able to take the field Sunday. His fantasy value remains limited, however, as he's notched just three receptions all season.
Tight ends Stephen Anderson (concussion) and Ryan Griffin (concussion) are both almost healthy again, so there's no real need to use a roster spot on Baylis. The undrafted rookie out of Oregon was on the 53-man roster for less than a week and didn't play a snap before being dropped.
After Daeshon Hall (knee) was sent to injured reserve, a roster spot opened up. Since safeties Demetrious Cox (ankle) and Kurt Coleman (knee) are listed as out for Sunday's game against the Lions, bringing up a safety was an easy choice. Southward will slot in as the No. 4 safety and likely won't see many defensive snaps, if any, but he'll be deployed in special teams situations.
With Luke Kuechly in concussion protocol, Gachkar will add some depth to the Panthers' linebacking unit. He's expected primarily to fill a role on special teams while David Mayo takes on more snaps in Kuechly's absence.
Davis was able to practice fully Friday, which likely cleared up any concern the Panthers may have had about the linebacker's health heading into the weekend. The veteran was limited heading into last week's loss to the Saints with the hamstring issue and played a season-low 25 defensive snaps as a result, finishing with two tackles. Davis' availability to return to a full workload this week takes on greater importance with fellow starting outside linebacker Shaq Thompson (foot) ruled out.
Stewart started the practice week with foot and ankle soreness, but those issues didn't stop him from turning back the clock to produce a vintage performance Sunday. The 30-year-old set it off with a 60-yard touchdown on the Panthers' first offensive drive, marking his longest run in over three years, then quickly followed with a more common one-yard plunge on Carolina's next series. After the Vikings tied the game in the fourth quarter, Stewart put an exclamation point on his day by scoring another one-yarder to clinch victory with under two minutes remaining. Overall, Stewart not only topped 100 rushing yards for just the second time this season, but he also scored three rushing touchdowns for the first time in 129 career regular-season appearances. While that evidences the extent of Stewart's improbable outburst -- which came against one of the league's elite defenses, no less -- Stewart's fantasy owners can take added satisfaction knowing he's now found the end zone in three straight outings.
Larsen was unable to log a single practice throughout the week, so the Panthers have elected to keep him sidelined in Week 14. Starting center Ryan Kalil (neck) is back in the lineup, while Greg Van Roten figures to provide depth on the offensive line as well.
Newton's performance was highlighted by a 62-yard rush to put Carolina in position to score the game-winning touchdown with under two minutes remaining. Along with shaking a defender in the open field on that play, Newton's 18-yard touchdown pass during the third quarter also came after he used his legs to buy time to find Devin Funchess. While Newton has topped 200 passing yards just once over the last six games, he's surpassed 50 rushing yards four times during that span, resulting in five Panther victories. With his dual-threat prowess reestablished, Newton will look to keep things rolling next Sunday versus the Packers.
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.
The injury prevented Bradbery from practicing Tuesday after he was fully involved in Monday's session. The starting cornerback won't have much time to heal up with the Panthers playing Thursday against the Eagles this week, but coach Ron Rivera indicated that he expects Bradberry to suit up, according to Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer.
Olsen's eight-game absence due to a fractured right foot has allowed Dickson to gain more traction in the passing game during his fourth season in Carolina, with the 30-year-old most notably breaking out for a five-catch, 175-yard outing against the Lions on Oct. 8. Dickson's production has tailed off precipitously since then, but after ceding the starting role to Olsen when the latter was activated ahead of Week 12, Dickson settled back in as the top tight end in last week's loss to the Saints after Olsen incurred a setback. Olsen has since returned to full practices Wednesday and Thursday, and with head coach Ron Rivera already stating that Olsen won't be on a "pitch count" with his snaps versus Minnesota, according to Bryan Strickland of the Panthers' official site, Dickson will naturally see his own usage diminish.
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.
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.
Gano's performance brought his season tally to an even 100 points, placing him just outside the top 10 league-wide.
Peppers had gone two consecutive weeks without a sack but made up for it Sunday. He also had three tackles (one solo) on the day. The veteran saw 38 snaps (54.0 percent) and figures to see a similar workload going forward.
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.
Head coach Ron Rivera said Friday he expected the 24-year-old to be able to play, and Turner will start at right guard Sunday
Sanchez injured his groin in the preseason finale. He'll likely revert to injured reserve if he clears waivers.
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.
Adams' full participation Thursday has him on track to play in Sunday's game against the Saints. The safety and the rest of Carolina's defense will look to slow down New Orleans' red-hot rushing attack.
Olsen's activity level is certainly encouraging, as it seems his foot injury didn't prevent him from filling his usual role. Going against a sticky Vikings secondary, however, the tight end was unable to get involved in the passing game. As long as he avoids any setbacks, Olsen will hope this Sunday's game versus the Packers allows him play and produce at his established level.
Byrd hadn't hauled in more than one pass in any of his six career games entering Sunday, so his five-catch outing certainly surpassed expectations. With the Panthers looking for help outside of Devin Funchess at wide receiver, it'll be interesting to see if the second-year pro can carve out a meaningful role over the final three regular-season games.
Addison finished with a team-high three hits on Saints quarterback Drew Brees, including yet another sack. With that takedown, Addison now boasts 8.5 sacks on the season, leaving him just one shy of last year's career-high tally with four games remaining.
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.
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.
Van Roten missed out of Week 7's game against the Bears, but now that he and Trai Turner (knee) are available, the Panthers' offensive line is looking up.
Theus had been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Saints after not practicing because of the illness, and now his 2017 season is over. Defensive end Zach Moore has taken his spot on the 53-man roster
Kuechly led the Panthers in stops once again, bringing his tally to 89 this season. With a fumble recovery during the second quarter, the linebacker now sports three interceptions and a pair of fumble recoveries.
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.
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.
Johnson's suspension will begin immediately, so he won't play in Sunday's game against the Saints and will also sit out the next three contests. That puts Johnson in line to return for the Panthers' Week 17 matchup with the Falcons, as well as any postseason action to follow. Mario Addison, Julius Peppers and Wes Horton could see heightened roles in the Panthers' defensive-line rotation while Johnson, who has just 16 tackles and no sacks on the season, is unavailable the next four weeks.
The nature of Yankey's back injury isn't clear.
McCaffrey entered Sunday's contest with good momentum, but a couple of factors combined to contribute toward his Week 14 dip. Not only was the rookie going against Minnesota's exceptional defense, but veteran Jonathan Stewart's 103-yard, three-touchdown performance meant he wasn't needed as much as usual. Fortunately for McCaffrey, a bounce-back outing could be in store, as an inferior Packers defense visits Carolina next Sunday.
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.
Mayo practiced in full throughout the week, making it unsurprising that he's active for Week 15.
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.
Anderson dealt with an illness earlier in the week but apparently is healthy ahead of Sunday's game against the Jets. He'll continue serving as Cam Newton's (thumb) backup.
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.
Manhertz left in the first quarter of Sunday's game and won't return. The 25-year-old tight end has just one reception for 11 yards this season, as he's mainly played second fiddle to Ed Dickson.
The foot injury kept Thompson sidelined for all three of the team's practices this week, so there was never much optimism he would be able to suit up Sunday. With Thompson out of the mix, David Mayo should be primed for an uptick in snaps at linebacker.
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.
After playing just eight defensive snaps as an undrafted rookie in 2015, Gunter was in on 83.4 percent of Green Bay's defensive snaps in 2016. The Packers' top three cornerbacks entering the season, Sam Shields, Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins all missed time due to injury, which allowed Gunter to carve out a role as the team's top cover corner. He struggled when matched up with some of the better receivers in the NFL but for the most part he impressed in the large role he was thrust into. He'll be looking to build off what was a breakout 2016 campaign in 2017.
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.
It's not clear exactly when Worley suffered the foot injury, but he was in a walking boot Sunday night after playing in 52 of the team's 70 defensive snaps against the Jets. Expect an update regarding the cornerback's status to come either later Monday or Tuesday morning.
The Panthers are optimistic that Graham Gano (knee) will be able to handle his usual kicking duties Sunday against the Buccaneers, but just for insurance purposes, the team worked out a number of kickers earlier this week. Of the participants, Aguayo evidently stood out the most, so his appointment to the Panthers' practice squad suggests he would be the team's top choice to kick in Week 8 if Gano is unable to go. A 2016 second-round pick of Tampa Bay, Aguayo was waived by the team in August after failing to show much improvement following an erratic rookie season. He joined the Bears shortly thereafter, but was waived at the conclusion of training camp after losing the job battle to Connor Barth.
The 29-year-old linebacker has finally found a home after being cut by the Jets prior to the beginning of the regular season. In 15 games with the Dolphins in 2016, Paysinger recorded 59 tackles (42 solo) and three passes defensed. Look for him to serve in a more limited role for the Panthers' defense.
Coleman has now tallied 19 stops in two games since returning from a knee injury, reestablishing his presence as a strong IDP option.
Simmons played with the Panthers during the preseason but was cut prior to the start of the regular season. His only legitimate chance for promotion to the active roster would be if injuries plague the team's running back unit.
Gilbert and No. 2 quarterback Derek Anderson both dealt with illnesses earlier in the week, but neither was limited at Wednesday's practice. Both should be options for Sunday's game against the Jets, but Gilbert will likely be a healthy inactive for the contest.
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.
Artis-Payne zig-zagged for a seven-yard touchdown in the third quarter, putting Carolina up by three scores for his first score in over a year. Artis-Payne's seven carries were a season high and the bulk of his production came on one 43-yard gain. Given the beating Carolina put on Miami and the possible desire to conserve the rushing abilities of Christian McCaffrey, Jonathan Stewart, Cam Newton and others, it is hard to predict whether Monday's performance will lead to similar performances down the line. At this point, it's probably worth waiting for an encore before taking Artis-Payne too seriously.
Shepard finished third on the Panthers in targets and produced his second best yardage total since Week 1. His role as the team's No. 2 receiver simply isn't equating with regular production, as evidenced by zero-catch outings in two of his past four games. A Week 14 matchup with Minnesota is unlikely to make things better.
Kalil is set to make just his fourth appearance of the season as injuries have plagued his 2017 campaign. He figures to draw the start at center as well with primary backup Tyler Larsen (foot) sidelined.
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.
While top backs Christian McCaffrey and Jonathan Stewart don't carry injury designations into the weekend, both have been limited of late by shoulder and foot issues, respectively. That could prompt Rivera to act conservatively with the usage of both backs, which might result in Cameron Artis-Payne and Whittaker picking up a couple touches in relief of the top two runners. Neither Artis-Payne nor Whittaker will see large enough workloads to make much of an imprint in the fantasy realm, however. Primarily a special-teams contributor for the Panthers, Whittaker has produced just 44 yards from scrimmage on seven touches (three receptions) this season.
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.
France sustained a concussion in the Panthers' third preseason tilt. Barring an injury settlement, he's likely stuck on IR all season.
Samuel's season came to a close in the Panthers' last game Week 10, when he tore ligaments in his left ankle. That said, he wasn't immediately placed on IR because the obvious corresponding move, activating Greg Olsen (foot) from the list, couldn't be confirmed until he completed this week of practice. With Olsen's health approved, the team swapped the skill-position players Friday. Consequently, Samuel ends his rookie campaign with 15 receptions (on 26 targets) for 115 yards, four rushes for 64 yards and 22.1 yards per on his 10 kickoff returns.
Cox is set to miss his third consecutive game, with the 23-year-old having tallied four solo tackles over 38 defensive snaps the last time he was active back in Week 4. Expect Colin Jones and Jairus Byrd to continue seeing an increase in snaps in Cox's absence.
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.
Armah was limited in practice on Wednesday before sitting out sessions on both Thursday and Friday. His absence will leave Carolina without a healthy fullback, possibly leading to some extra snaps for Cameron Artis-Payne or Christian McCaffrey.