Carolina Panthers

Stadium: Bank of America Stadium | Coach: Ron Rivera
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense28th108.3 (13th)168.3 (30th)
Defense1st89.7 (14th)162.0 (3rd)
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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
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
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
Carolina6-5315.36-3292.326.52137
 
 
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Position Listing
Devin Funchess
News
Funchess caught four of 10 targets for 58 yards in Sunday's 34-13 loss to the Saints.

Funchess' career-high 10 looks came as a result of top wideout Kelvin Benjamin (knee) being forced to exit during the first half. Depending on Benjamin's prognosis, Funchess could quickly find himself as Carolina's No. 1 traditional pass catcher, as tight end Greg Olsen (foot) has already been ruled out with an injury of his own. Besides Funchess, tailback Christian McCaffrey could also stand to benefit from the injuries to Olsen and Benjamin, as was evidenced by the rookie's team-high nine catches for 101 yards Sunday.

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
Brad Kaaya
News
Kaaya was claimed by the Panthers off waivers Sunday, Albert Breer of TheMMQB.com 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
News
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
News
An MRI on Benjamin's injured left knee revealed no structural damage, but the Panthers aren't sure about his availability for Week 4 in New England, Bryan Strickland of the Panthers' official site reports.

While he seems to have escaped without a severe injury to his surgically-repaired knee, Benjamin isn't out of the woods in terms of potentially missing games. He left Sunday's 34-13 loss to the Saints in the first half and wasn't able to return. Should Benjamin miss additional time, Devin Funchess will step in as the Panthers' No. 1 receiver, with Russell Shepard, Curtis Samuel and Damiere Byrd also lining up as candidates to handle expanded roles. The Carolina passing game was struggling even before Benjamin and Greg Olsen (foot) suffered injuries.

Injury
Knee - Questionable for Week 4 at New England
Thomas Davis
News
Davis (ribs) left Sunday's game against the Saints and is questionable to return.

Davis currently leads the Panthers with 14 tackles (12 solo), and he has recorded one sack as well. If Davis is unable to return, expect to see second-year linebacker Jared Norris to slot in for his first career defensive snaps.

Injury
Ribs - Questionable for Week 4 at New England
Harrison Butker
News
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
News
Stewart rushed 12 times for 57 yards in Sunday's 34-13 loss to the Saints.

Stewart also caught one of his two targets for four yards. The veteran's day was highlighted by a 17-yard gain early on, helping him finish as his team's leading rusher. While Stewart was handed 12 of Carolina's 22 carries, rookie Christian McCaffrey still accumulated over 100 yards of offense thanks to nine receptions. With Greg Olsen (foot) out and the prognosis of Kelvin Benjamin (knee) to be determined, it's possible McCaffrey would take on a larger role in the passing game, potentially leaving Stewart to carry more often.

Tyler Larsen
No Updates
Austin Duke
No Updates
Cam Newton
News
Newton (ankle/shoulder) completed 17 of 26 passes for 167 yards and three interceptions in Sunday's 34-13 loss to the Saints. He also rushed three times for 16 yards and a touchdown.

Newton scored Carolina's lone touchdown with a three-yard run during the third quarter, but it was otherwise another underwhelming early-season performance. While having tight end Greg Olsen (foot) sidelined figured to complicate the passing game, Newton lost his next-favorite target, Kelvin Benjamin, to a knee injury during the first half. For someone still working back to form from his own injury, Newton's situation is hardly ideal, and his three interceptions Sunday only piled on the Panthers' peril.

Daeshon Hall
News
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
News
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
News
Dickson caught his lone target for eight yards in Sunday's 34-13 loss to the Saints.

Dickson started as expected in the place of injured tight end Greg Olsen (foot), but his involvement in Carolina's passing game remained rather restricted. That comes despite the Panthers trailing by a sizable margin as the game played out. While Dickson's fantasy value has been limited throughout his career, Sunday's performance is probably as poor as it'll get while Olsen is out.

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
Graham Gano
News
Gano made both his field-goal attempts and his lone extra point en route to seven points in Sunday's 34-13 loss to the Saints.

Gano's respective makes from 32 and 48 yards maintained his perfect field-goal record through three games. With three extra points to boot, Gano has impressively accounted for 27 points thus far.

Julius Peppers
News
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
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 (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
News
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
News
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-to-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.

Injury
Foot - Injured Reserve
Damiere Byrd
News
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
News
Addison posted six tackles (two solo) and one sack in Sunday's 34-13 loss to the Saints.

Addison has now brought down the quarterback in consecutive games, making for a strong start to the current campaign following a career-best 9.5 sacks last term.

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 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
News
Kuechly finished with eight tackles (four solo) in Sunday's 34-13 loss to the Saints.

Kuechly also defended a pass, but his contributions were not enough to prevent a blowout loss. The linebacker sports 20 tackles, an interception and a forced fumble so far this season.

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 caught nine of 11 targets for 101 yards and rushed four times for 16 yards in Sunday's 34-13 loss to the Saints.

McCaffrey's first 100-yard receiving game came in the wake of top wideout Kelvin Benjamin being forced to exit during the first half due to a knee injury. Of course, Benjamin's ailment followed Pro-Bowl tight end Greg Olsen's (foot) last week, suddenly leaving Carolina without its top two targets. Already touted for his pass-catching ability, McCaffrey could become a larger force through the air in the weeks to come, and assuming the Panthers aren't trailing for as long as they were Sunday, he should see more than four carries on most occasions as well.

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 4 at New England
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) 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
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 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
News
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.

Injury
Calf - Questionable for Week 4 at New England
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
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
News
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
News
Coleman registered nine tackles (six solo) in Sunday's 34-13 loss to the Saints.

Coleman paced the Panthers in stops, including one tackle for loss. Through three games, the veteran safety now boasts a respectable 18 tackles.

Taylor Moton
No Updates
Blaine Clausell
No Updates
Daryl Williams
No Updates
Garrett Gilbert
News
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
News
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
News
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
News
Shepard failed to haul in his lone target in Sunday's 34-13 loss to the Saints.

Shepard has caught just one pass since his 53-yard, one-touchdown Panthers debut. Although teammate Kelvin Benjamin's knee injury could shake up Carolina's receiving corps, Shepard hasn't shown enough lately to provide much confidence in his fantasy stock.

Ryan Kalil
News
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.

Injury
Neck - Questionable for Week 4 at New England
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 rushed twice for 12 yards in Sunday's 34-13 loss to the Saints.

Whittaker boasts merely three touches through as many games this season, evidencing his restricted fantasy value as things stand.

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 ran once for 31 yards and caught two of five targets for five yards in Sunday's 34-13 loss to the Saints.

Samuel's lone rush marked Carolina's longest play on the ground, but he was less successful through the air. The rookie second-rounder has been fairly quiet thus far, but if top wideout Kelvin Benjamin (knee) is forced into an extended sideline stint, Samuel's playmaking ability could earn himself a larger role.

Demetrious Cox
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
News
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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