Carolina Panthers

Stadium: Bank of America Stadium | Coach: Ron Rivera
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense18th134.5 (5th)195.4 (28th)
Defense5th89.5 (3rd)212.6 (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 RB6-12555/17/1994RWest Georgia
34Artis-Payne, Cameron RB5-102156/23/19903Auburn
11Bersin, Brenton WR6-32105/9/19904Wofford
24Bradberry, James CB6-12128/4/19932Samford
92Butler, Vernon DT6-43306/14/19942Louisiana Tech
31Byrd, Jairus DB5-1020310/7/19869Oregon
18Byrd, Damiere WR5-91801/27/19932South Carolina
12Clay, Kaelin WR5-101951/2/19923Utah
20Coleman, Kurt FS5-112084/1/19888Ohio State
64Cox, Bryan DE6-32706/25/1994RFlorida
58Davis, Thomas OLB6-12353/22/198313Georgia
84Dickson, Ed TE6-42557/25/19878Oregon
17Funchess, Devin WR6-42255/21/19943Michigan
57Gachkar, Andrew LB6-222411/4/19887Missouri
9Gano, Graham K6-22024/9/19878Florida State
4Gilbert, Garrett QB6-42307/1/19911Southern Methodist
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
42Jones, Colin FS6-020510/27/19877TCU
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 MLB6-22458/8/19933Texas State
22McCaffrey, Christian RB5-112056/7/1996RStanford
77Moore, Zach DE6-62759/5/19902Concordia-St. Paul
72Moton, Taylor T6-53258/18/1994RWestern Michigan
41Munnerlyn, Captain DB5-91954/10/19889South Carolina
1Newton, Cam QB6-52455/11/19897Auburn
68Norwell, Andrew G6-632510/25/19914Ohio State
88Olsen, Greg TE6-52553/11/198511Miami (Fla.)
5Palardy, Michael P5-112007/6/19922Tennessee
56Paysinger, Spencer LB6-02496/28/19887Oregon
90Peppers, Julius DE6-72951/18/198016North Carolina
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
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
36Cox, Demetrious (IR) DB6-02004/20/1994RMichigan State
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 D. (IR) WR6-22172/27/19894Grand Valley State
32Luke, Cole (IR) CB5-112006/30/1995RNotre Dame
52Norris, Jared (IR) ILB6-12387/19/19932Utah
2Ross, Fred (IR) WR6-22105/19/1995RMississippi State
10Samuel, Curtis (IR) WR5-111958/11/1996ROhio State
80Simonson, Scott (IR) TE6-52554/13/19923Assumption
74Theus, John (IR) T6-63031/19/19942Georgia
21Williams, Teddy (IR) DB6-12107/3/19886Texas-San Antonio
61Yankey, David (IR) G6-63151/18/19923Stanford
Practice Squad
 Aguayo, Roberto K6-02075/17/19942Florida State
 Baylis, Evan TE6-625011/18/1993ROregon
 Brown, Richie LB6-22344/15/1994RMississippi State
76Clausell, Blaine T6-63301/31/19921Mississippi State
81Frazier, Mose WR5-111908/30/19931Memphis
 Jones, Jamaal WR6-11891/31/1993RMontana
71Obada, Efe DE6-62654/13/19921No College
25Parms, Damian DB6-221010/28/19921Florida Atlantic
 Sanchez, Zack CB5-1118510/11/19932Oklahoma
 Simmons, Jalen RB5-82204/1/19921South Carolina State
 Southward, Dezmen DB6-220810/1/19903Wisconsin
Suspended Players
95Johnson, Charles DE6-22787/10/198611Georgia
 
 
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Position Listing
Devin Funchess
News
Funchess caught three of seven targets for 59 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 31-24 win over the Vikings.

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.

Zach Moore
News
Moore was signed to the Panthers' 53-man roster Saturday, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.

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.

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 D. 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.

Kaelin Clay
News
Clay (shoulder) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Vikings.

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.

Evan Baylis
News
Baylis was cut by the Texans on Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

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.

Dezmen Southward
News
Southward was promoted from the practice squad Friday.

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.

Andrew Gachkar
News
Gachkar signed with the Panthers on Tuesday, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.

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.

Thomas Davis
News
Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said Davis (hamstring) will play Sunday against the Vikings and won't be held to a "pitch count" in terms of his snap count, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.

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.

Jonathan Stewart
News
Stewart rushed 16 times for 103 yards and three touchdowns in Sunday's 31-24 win over the Vikings.

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.

Tyler Larsen
News
Larsen (foot) is listed as inactive for Sunday's game against the Vikings.

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.

Injury
Foot - Questionable for Week 15 vs. Green Bay
Cam Newton
News
Newton completed 13 of 25 passes for 137 yards, a touchdown and an interception in Sunday's 31-24 win over the Vikings. He also rushed 11 times for 70 yards.

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.

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 was added to the Panthers' injury report Tuesday due to a calf issue, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.

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.

Ed Dickson
News
Dickson will settle back into a reserve role at tight end Sunday against the Vikings with Greg Olsen (foot) cleared to return to the lineup, Jared Allen of the Panthers' official site reports.

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.

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 made a 41-yard field goal as well as all four of his extra-point tries in Sunday's 31-24 win over the Vikings.

Gano's performance brought his season tally to an even 100 points, placing him just outside the top 10 league-wide.

Julius Peppers
News
Peppers notched a sack in Sunday's win over the Jets, which brings his season total up to 8.5.

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.

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 (knee) is active for Sunday's game against the Falcons, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.

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

Michael Palardy
No Updates
Zack Sanchez
News
Sanchez (groin) was waived/injured by the Panthers on Friday, Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.

Sanchez injured his groin in the preseason finale. He'll likely revert to injured reserve if he clears waivers.

Injury
Undisclosed - Questionable for Week 15 vs. Green Bay
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.

Injury
Calf - Injured Reserve
Mike Adams
News
Adams was a full participant at Thursday's practice after being limited Wednesday with a knee injury.

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.

Greg Olsen
News
Olsen played 59 of 64 offensive snaps, but failed to haul in his lone target in Sunday's 31-24 win over the Vikings.

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.

Damiere Byrd
News
Byrd caught all five of his targets for 37 yards in Sunday's 31-24 win over the Vikings.

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.

Efe Obada
No Updates
Mario Addison
News
Addison made two solo tackles and a sack in Sunday's 31-21 loss to the Saints.

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.

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
News
Van Roten (shoulder) wasn't on Wednesday's injury report and will be available for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.

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.

John Theus
News
Theus (illness) was placed on injured reserve by the Panthers on Saturday, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.

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

Injury
Illness - Injured Reserve
Kawann Short
News
Short posted seven tackles (one solo) in Monday night's 45-21 win over the Dolphins.

Short surprisingly led the Panthers in stops, setting a season high in the process. Through 10 weeks, Short now boasts 32 tackles, four sacks and a forced fumble.

Luke Kuechly
News
Kuechly finished with nine tackles (eight solo) and recovered a fumble in Sunday's 31-21 loss to the Saints.

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.

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 was handed a four-game suspension Friday for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances.

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.

Injury
Suspension - Suspended until Week 17 at Atlanta
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 eight times for 35 yards and caught three of four targets for 18 yards in Sunday's 31-24 win over the Vikings.

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.

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 (illness) isn't on Wednesday's injury report, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports.

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.

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 suffered a concussion Sunday against the Falcons, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports.

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.

Shaq Green-Thompson
News
Thompson (foot) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Vikings, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.

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.

Injury
Foot - Questionable for Week 15 vs. Green Bay
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 finished the 2016 season with 54 tackles, two forced fumbles, and a team-high 12 passes defensed in 16 games played.

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.

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
Coach Ron Rivera said Monday that Worley is getting his foot checked out, Max Henson of the Panthers' official site reports.

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.

Richie Brown
No Updates
Roberto Aguayo
News
The Panthers signed Aguayo to their practice squad Wednesday, Max Henson of the Panthers' official site reports.

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.

Spencer Paysinger
News
Paysinger signed a contract with the Panthers on Tuesday, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM Radio reports.

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.

Kurt Coleman
News
Coleman registered 10 tackles (five solo) in Sunday's 20-17 win over the Falcons.

Coleman has now tallied 19 stops in two games since returning from a knee injury, reestablishing his presence as a strong IDP option.

Taylor Moton
No Updates
Blaine Clausell
No Updates
Daryl Williams
No Updates
Jalen Simmons
News
Simmons was signed to the Panthers' practice squad Tuesday, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.

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.

Garrett Gilbert
News
Gilbert (illness) isn't listed on Wednesday's injury report, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports.

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.

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 rushed for 68 yards and a touchdown on seven carries in Monday's 45-21 win over Miami.

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.

Russell Shepard
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Shepard caught three of five targets for 29 yards in Sunday's 31-21 loss to the Saints.

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.

Ryan Kalil
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Kalil (neck) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Vikings.

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.

Kyle Love
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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
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Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said Whittaker will be active Sunday against the Vikings and could earn carries in the contest, Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer reports.

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.

Drew Iddings
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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.

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Shoulder - Injured Reserve
Brenton Bersin
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Bersin caught his lone target for 17 yards in Sunday's 31-24 win over the Vikings.

Bersin's only reception came in acrobatic fashion, but his fantasy value could be falling below that of teammate Damiere Byrd, who paced the Panthers with five receptions for 37 yards on Sunday.

Dan France
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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.

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Concussion - Injured Reserve
Curtis Samuel
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The Panthers placed Samuel (ankle) on injured reserve Friday, Max Henson of the team's official site reports.

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.

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Ankle - Injured Reserve
Demetrious Cox
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Cox (ankle) didn't practice Friday and won't suit up for Sunday's game against the Bears, Bryan Strickland of the Panthers' official site reports.

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.

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Ankle - Injured Reserve
Vernon Butler
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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 (hamstring) is inactive for Sunday's matchup with Tampa Bay.

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.