Cam Newton - QBPosted 12/17/14 4:20pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (back) returned to practice Wednesday, Dec. 17, and he worked with the second-team offense in the portion of practice open to the media. QB Derek Anderson worked with the first-team. Newton's status for Week 16 against the Cleveland Browns is uncertain right now, but he looked to be moving and throwing well Wednesday. He also ran and make some juke moves without difficulty. Head coach Ron Rivera said he had hoped to make a decision on the starting QB early in the week.
Huddle Up: Rivera and the Panthers are likely going to have to see more of Newton practicing, throwing and running before making any kind of determinations about Sunday.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 12/16/14 10:43am ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (back) worked out on an underwater treadmill Tuesday, Dec. 16, and did some rational exercises. The team plans to have him attempt throws as well.
Huddle Up: When Newton comes ashore and performs some irrational exercises, we'll let you know. But best have a Plan B for championship week as opposed to banking on Cam returning to the lineup.
Derek Anderson - QBPosted 12/16/14 11:46pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Derek Anderson had 15 passes of 10 or more yards in Week 15 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and six went to TE Greg Olsen, who had 10 catches for 110 yards in the game. Anderson tends to lean more on Olsen as he holds the ball longer in the pocket and goes through his progressions. Olsen had eight catches for 83 yards in Week 1 when Anderson started.
Huddle Up: Cam Newton could return this week, sending Anderson back to the bench, but either way you're almost certainly rolling with Olsen in these reliable-TE-starved times.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 12/15/14 2:10pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (back) will only start in Week 16 if the team believes Newton can protect himself during the game, according to head coach Ron Rivera. 'I don't want to put a guy out there that can't protect himself,' Rivera said. 'By that it's being able to run out of the way, scramble out of the way, stay alive, keep the play alive by being able to get away. That's all part of it. That's all part of the decision that went into the first Tampa Bay game.' The team has a rehab program for Newton, and his status will be determined based on if he can meet the rehab goals during the week.
Huddle Up: We'll know more about Newton's status later in the week. If he can't go, Derek Anderson will get the start against the Browns. Expect a heavy dose of Jonathan Stewart regardless of who is under center for Carolina.
DeAngelo Williams - RBPosted 12/11/14 4:18pm ET
Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (hand) probably will not be able to play in Week 15, according to head coach Ron Rivera.
Huddle Up: Sounds as if Williams is headed for a second straight DNP Sunday, leaving the RB chores to Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert once again.
Greg Olsen - TEPosted 12/11/14 4:18pm ET
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (knee) was limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 11.
Huddle Up: The Panthers' leading pass-catcher has been limited for two straight practices, but we haven't heard anything to suggest he's in any real danger of sitting out Sunday. Stay tuned, though, to make certain.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 12/11/14 11:04pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (back) currently isn't concerned about whether he'll be able to return to action this season. 'As far as when I'm coming back, who cares,' Newton said. 'That's not something I'm worried about. I'm just thankful to have breath in my lungs so I can breathe again.' Head coach Ron Rivera said the best-case-scenario would be to have Newton back at practice next week, but there are no guarantees.
Huddle Up: Newton has the right perspective escaping the ugly-looking accident with limited injury, and any action in the last two games might have to be considered a bonus. In the meantime, Carolina pass-catchers Greg Olsen and Kelvin Benjamin should be fine as Derek Anderson is an experienced backup.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 12/10/14 10:22am ET
Updating previous reports, Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (back) remained hospitalized Wednesday, Dec. 10, and there are no updates on his health.
Huddle Up: Words is that Cam has a Tony Romo-like back injury with two fractured bones that would still allow him to play. But he'll have to get out of the hospital and rejoin his team before a determination can be made about his availability, so those banking on Newton for fantasy help this week should be implementing Plan B sooner rather than later.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 12/10/14 1:48pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (back) was discharged from the hospital Wednesday, Dec. 10. Newton is sore, but in good spirits as he continues his recovery. Newton will not be at the team's facilities Wednesday, and it is unknown how long it will be until he's ready to return to action. 'That will be determined really on a day-to-day basis and we'll see how fast the soreness goes away,' team spokesman Charlie Dayton said. 'He'll start the recuperation process today.' QB Derek Anderson was taking first-team repetitions in practice Wednesday.
Huddle Up: Good news that he's out of the hospital, but he certainly remains a definite longshot to play Sunday against the Bucs.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 12/9/14 2:02pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton was involved in a car accident Tuesday, Dec. 9, and he reportedly was injured in the wreck.
Huddle Up: Early word is that authorities indicated Newton suffered no serious injuries, though he was immobilized on a stretcher and taken to the hospital. More details as they become available.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 12/9/14 3:54pm ET
Updating an ongoing story, Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton suffered two transverse fractures in his lower back, but no other significant injures in the car crash he was involved in Tuesday, Dec. 9, according to preliminary tests. He is in fair condition and will remain in the hospital overnight for observation.
Huddle Up: Overall good news as it looks and sounds like it could've been much worse for the Carolina QB.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 12/9/14 7:57pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (back) is 'highly unlikely' to play this week, according to a doctor.
Huddle Up: Fantasy GMs who advanced in the playoffs thanks to Newton's four-TD performance will need to line up another option.
DeAngelo Williams - RBPosted 12/9/14 7:57pm ET
Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (hand) will be in the mix in the backfield when he returns from a broken bone in his right hand, but head coach Ron Rivera would not say if he would start over RB Jonathan Stewart, who has been strong in Williams' absence. 'My preference. That's the only reason,' Rivera said. 'DeAngelo is a part of who we are. We'll see. We'll see how it is. It will be a day-by-day process with him. As the hand gets stronger and heals up, we'll go forward.' The offensive line was solid in the Week 14 win over the New Orleans Saints, and they helped Stewart run for 155 yards. QB Cam Newton also ran for 83 yards on the ground, while RB Mike Tolbert had 62 total yards and RB Fozzy Whittaker had 31 total yards and a touchdown.
Huddle Up: Just when fantasy owners were counting on Stewart along comes his old RBBC partner. You'd have to believe Stewart would remain the starter given his strong outing Sunday, but common sense hasn't always played out in the Carolina backfield.
DeAngelo Williams - RBPosted 12/5/14 6:00pm ET
Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (hand) missed practice for the third straight day Friday, Dec. 5, and has been ruled out for Week 14 against the New Orleans Saints.
Huddle Up: As expected, Williams will not play, leaving the RB chores to Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert against a shaky Saints defense.
DeAngelo Williams - RBPosted 12/3/14 12:16am ET
Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams could see a hand specialist this week, according to head coach Ron Rivera. Williams' fractured his hand in Week 13 but could still play in Week 14 if the swelling in his hand goes down.
Huddle Up: A lot of ifs and unknowns here for a RB who hasn't been all that productive even when he has played this year, so don't waste too much time here.
Greg Olsen - TEPosted 12/3/14 4:13pm ET
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (knee) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 3, because he had fluid on his knee. He is expected to be ready for Week 14.
Huddle Up: Sounds like everything will turn out OK, but it's obviously a situation Olsen's owners will have to stay on top of the rest of the week.
DeAngelo Williams - RBPosted 12/1/14 2:37pm ET
Updating a previous report, Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (finger) is considered day-to-day because of a fractured bone in his middle finger, according to head coach Ron Rivera. Rivera said Williams could play in Week 14 if the swelling in the finger goes down.
Huddle Up: Williams' status for Sunday's game against the Saints is unknown right now. Jonathan Stewart would be a flex option if Williams is unable to play.
Jason Avant - WRPosted 11/18/14 3:24pm ET
Carolina Panthers WR Jason Avant was waived Tuesday, Nov. 18, according to a source informed of the transaction. Avant had just 21 catches in 11 games this season. Head coach Ron Rivera said the team wants to give WRs Philly Brown and Brenton Bersin more playing time after the Week 12 bye.
Huddle Up: The veteran Avant never seemed to fit in in Carolina with a WR corps headed by first-round pick Kelvin Benjamin, and the Panthers understandably want to start looking toward the future in a season that has gone south.
Mike Tolbert - RBPosted 11/18/14 3:34pm ET
The Carolina Panthers activated FB Mike Tolbert (leg) from the short-term Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Nov. 18.
Huddle Up: Well, we're back to the familiar full house -- DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart and Tolbert -- in the Carolina backfield. Lower your fantasy expectations for each accordingly.
DeAngelo Williams - RBPosted 11/14/14 2:50pm ET
Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (ankle) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 14, and will start in the team's Week 11 game.
Huddle Up: Williams has hardly been usable in fantasy gaining 98 total yards and no scores while losing a fumble on 25 touches over the last two games, but then again, fantasy matchups don't get any more favorable than a home date with the defense surrendering the most fantasy points to opposing RBs.
Jonathan Stewart - RBPosted 11/14/14 3:00pm ET
Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (ankle) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 14.
Huddle Up: DeAngelo Williams will start and will continue to be involved, but Stewart is a decent fantasy option this week going against the shaky Falcon run defense.
Jerricho Cotchery - WRPosted 11/13/14 12:47pm ET
Carolina Panthers WR Jerricho Cotchery (hamstring) may sit out practice Thursday, Nov. 13, but he is still expected to play in Week 11, according to head coach Ron Rivera.
Huddle Up: Cotchery has fallen off the pace in recent weeks, catching only 10 passes for 128 yards over the last 4 games, but he should be available Sunday if you need to roll with him in a deep league.
DeAngelo Williams - RBPosted 11/13/14 4:38pm ET
Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (foot) did not participate in practice Thursday, Nov. 13.
Huddle Up: Things are looking iffy for Williams, who missed a second straight practice, but then chances are you weren't counting on him after 21 carries for only 51 rushing yards and a fumble since he returned in Week 9.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 11/12/14 10:02pm ET
Updating previous reports, Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (foot, ankle) admitted that he has been playing hurt after saying he was fine following the team's embarrassing Week 10 loss Monday, Nov. 10. Newton hasn't posted a quarterback rating higher than his career average of 85.4 since Oct. 12.
Huddle Up: Newton is obviously hurting and playing for offensive coordinator Mike Shula certainly doesn't help. The one-time fantasy stud is nothing more than a match-up play right now.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 11/11/14 1:09am ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton was 25-of-40 for 306 yards, two TDs and three interceptions Monday, Nov. 10 in a 45-21 loss to the host Philadelphia Eagles. Newton added 6 rushing yards on two carries and also lost a fumble.
Huddle Up: Newton received little help or protection most of the night, getting sacked nine times, and appeared to be limping around at various times during the game. He did, however, save some fantasy face by tossing two fourth-quarter TD passes rookie Kelvin Benjamin (3-70 on 7 targets) and finishing with his first 300-yard passing game of the season.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 11/11/14 6:18pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (foot, ankles), didn't injure his foot or reinjure his ankles in Week 10 Monday, Nov. 10, according to head coach Ron Rivera. "I'm not sure where all that came from. But put it to rest," Rivera said. "He said it at his press conference after the game, he's fine." Newton, however, didn't look right in the loss, and he struggled to accelerate to avoid sacks. He finished the game 25-of-40 for 306, 2 TDs and 3 interceptions.
Huddle Up: Newton actually did all right considering he didn't get a lot of help or protection as Philly registered nine sacks. And while his first 300-yard passing performance of the season was encouraging, he'll need better protection, a reduction in his turnovers and a bump in his rushing numbers -- he had two carries for 6 yards Monday night -- to regain his fantasy impact.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 10/31/14 12:34am ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton completed only 10 of his 28 passing attempts for a season-low 151 yards and an interception Thursday, Oct. 30 while rushing for 43 yards and a TD on 7 attempts in a 28-10 loss to the visiting New Orleans Saints.
Huddle Up: The struggles continue for Newton, who has averaged a paltry 175.6 passing yards with only 1 TD and 3 interceptions over his last 3 games. He has compensated somewhat with 108 yards and a TD on the ground during that span, but his aerial game is a mess right now and it's keeping him well out of QB1 consideration. It's also hurting pass-catchers Greg Olsen and Kelvin Benjamin, who caught only 4 of their 14 combined targets Thursday night for 48 yards.
DeAngelo Williams - RBPosted 10/30/14 4:36pm ET
Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (ankle) will start the team's Week 9 game against the New Orleans Saints Thursday, Oct. 30, according to head coach Ron Rivera.
Huddle Up: Williams hasn't played since Week 4 and Jonathan Stewart & Darrin Reaves should also get touches tonight, but RBs are thin with 6 teams on bye and it's a decent matchup against the Saints, who allow the 12th-most fantasy points to opposing RBs.
DeAngelo Williams - RBPosted 10/28/14 11:57pm ET
Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (ankle) was limited in practice Tuesday, Oct. 28.
Huddle Up: Williams has missed the Panthers' last 4 games and has been limited in practices so far this week, but NFL.com reported Tuesday that he'll start at RB Thursday night against the visiting Saints. And with 6 teams on bye, you might need to use him this week.
DeAngelo Williams - RBPosted 10/27/14 3:51pm ET
Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (ankle) is expected to play in Week 9, according to head coach Ron Rivera.
Huddle Up: Williams and Jonathan Stewart will split touches against the Saints. While it's a good matchup, neither is an appealing fantasy option this week.
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