Cam Newton - QBPosted 9/16/14 4:27pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle) was dealing with a bit of soreness in his foot after the Week 2 game, according to head coach Ron Rivera. However, Rivera thinks it's a good sign after Newton had offseason ankle surgery back in March. "Because it's more sore than his back," Rivera said. "Which is good. At least, I think it's good. He's moving around pretty good and he's feeling pretty good about himself."
Huddle Up: Newton (281 passing yards, passing TD, 4-19 rushing) had a solid debut Sunday and appears no worse for wear. Definitely have high hopes for his Week 3 start Sunday night against a Steeler defense that has struggled since holding the Browns to a field goal in the first half of the season opener.
DeAngelo Williams - RBPosted 9/16/14 4:27pm ET
Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (thigh) is expected to return to practice Wednesday, Sept. 17, and be ready to play in Week 3 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Williams sat out in Week 2 with a thigh injury that flared up earlier in the week. Williams led the team with 14 carries and 72 yards rushing in Week 1.
Huddle Up: Hope you used Jonathan Stewart in Week 2 while the using was good.
Greg Olsen - TEPosted 9/12/14 2:52pm ET
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (non-injury) fully practiced Friday, Sept. 12, and is probable for Week 2.
Huddle Up: No worries with the veteran TE, who had the second-most targets (11) and third-most yards (83) among all NFL TEs in Week 1.
DeAngelo Williams - RBPosted 9/12/14 2:52pm ET
Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (thigh) did not participate in practice Friday, Sept. 12, and has head coach Ron Rivera on alert. "I'm concerned,'' Rivera told ESPN. "He's a running back and he's got to rely on that burst. Based on what he ran today, I've got to see where he is (Saturday). If he's the slightest bit hampered by it, (he'll sit).''
Huddle Up: Williams owners are going to have to monitor the RB throughout the weekend, and if he can't go, it'll be a rare opportunity to get Jonathan Stewart into your lineup.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 9/10/14 4:48pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ribs) was a full participant in practice Wednesday, Sept. 10, indicating that he should return to action in Week 2 against the Detroit Lions after missing the season opener.
Huddle Up: Newton will try and pick up where backup Derek Anderson left off in his strong season opener (230 yards, 2 TDs, no turnovers) against the Bucs. The task, though, won't be easy against a Lions' D which rattled Eli Manning and the Giants (14 points, 197 total yards) on Monday night.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 9/8/14 11:01am ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ribs) is expected to play in Week 2 against the Detroit Lions. Newton wasn't happy with decision to hold him out of Week 1.
Huddle Up: The Panthers managed a Week 1 win with Derek Anderson at quarterback, so the decision looks sound in hindsight. An extra week of rest should help Newton and his damaged rib be ready for Week 2.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 9/8/14 3:30pm ET
Updating a previous report, Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ribs) is expected to practice Wednesday, Sept. 10, and play Week 2, according to head coach Ron Rivera.
Huddle Up: Newton is on schedule to start against Detroit. If he can't go, Derek Anderson will get his second straight start. Anderson led Carolina to a week 1 win over Tampa Bay and helped rookie Kelvin Benjamin to a big fantasy day.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 9/6/14 9:10pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ribs) took full repetitions in practice Saturday, Sept. 6, with no setbacks. Newton could very well be on schedule to play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Huddle Up: Newton will likely try to play on Sunday but he won't be 100 percent and faces a tough Tampa Bay defense. Newton will be a low-end QB1 and he has a late start on Sunday. Fantasy owners with other viable QB options this week may want to sit Newton
Cam Newton - QBPosted 9/5/14 3:21pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ribs) practiced in full Friday, Sept. 5, and is listed as questionable for Week 1 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Huddle Up: After practicing the last 2 days, the guess here is that Newton plays Sunday, but it'll be a late start by a banged-up QB against an underrated Bucs' defense so certainly explore other options if you'd rather go with a safer opening-week play.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 9/4/14 6:13pm ET
Updating a previous report, Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ribs) is on pace to play Week 1, but his availability will be a game-time decision, according to head coach Ron Rivera. Newton was limited during practice Thursday, Sept. 4.
Huddle Up: Ugh. Not so good news for Newton's fantasy owners -- especially considering that the Panthers play in one of the two afternoon games. It's definitely time to have a Plan B lined up if you haven't already.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 9/3/14 5:44pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ribs) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Sept. 3.
Huddle Up: The Panthers are likely just taking every precaution with the QB as we haven't heard that his Week 1 starting status is in any danger. If you own him, though, you're going to have to stay on top of the latest news leading up until kickoff.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 9/3/14 10:30pm ET
The Carolina Panthers are confident QB Cam Newton (ribs) will be ready to go in the team's Week 1 game. Newton was sore Wednesday, Sept. 3, after throwing Monday Sept. 1.
Huddle Up: Newton won't be 100 percent and he has a bad matchup against a tough Tampa Bay defense on Sunday. Cam is a low-end QB1 for Week 1.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 8/28/14 10:25am ET
Updating a previous report, Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ribs) said Wednesday, Aug. 27, that he will be ready for the regular season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers despite fracturing his ribs last week. 'There's no doubt in my mind,' Newton said.
Huddle Up: It's been an eventful offseason for Newton, who was limited earlier in training camp following foot surgery and is now dealing with the cracked rib. But if he says he'll be ready to roll by Week 1, who are we to argue?
Cam Newton - QBPosted 8/27/14 2:19pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (rib) said he fully expects to be ready to play Week 1.
Huddle Up: The main fantasy concern is not Newton missing games, but cutting back on his rushing, which has been a key component of his three-straight top-5-ranked fantasy QB seasons.
Tiquan Underwood - WRPosted 8/24/14 1:28pm ET
The Carolina Panthers cut WR Tiquan Underwood Sunday, Aug. 24, according to a league source.
Huddle Up: Even with the Panthers completely starting over at WR, the sixth-year journeyman needed to impress this preseason and didn't, and the Panthers are more intrigued with the upside of young wideouts Brenton Bersin and Tavarres King to round out the bottom of the depth chart.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 8/24/14 6:50pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton has a hairline fracture in one of his ribs and will not play in the final preseason game later this week. Head coach Ron Rivera said he thinks Newton will be ready for Week 1.
Huddle Up: Far from a debilitating injury, but definitely not good news for the fourth-year QB who already is coming off ankle surgery. Add in this rib issue, and Newton is likely be more conservative with his running -- a major component of his fantasy game since entering the league.
Kenjon Barner - RBPosted 8/19/14 11:35pm ET
The Philadelphia Eagles acquired RB Kenjon Barner from the Carolina Panthers Tuesday, Aug. 19, for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2015. Barner was acquired by the team as a way to add depth in the backfield and in the return game, according to head coach Chip Kelly.
Huddle Up: No surprise that Kelly has added another of his former Oregon standouts, but the speedy Barner won't be an offensive fantasy factor buried on the Philly RB depth chart -- just as he was in Carolina
Greg Olsen - TEPosted 8/12/14 2:53pm ET
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen left practice early Tuesday, Aug. 12, after cramping up.
Huddle Up: This looks to be your typical training-camp dehydration issue, but it's a subtle reminder that this is a player the Panthers -- and Cam Newton's fantasy owners -- can't afford to lose with the club's WR corps getting completely overhauled.
Jonathan Stewart - RBPosted 8/10/14 10:53pm ET
Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart practiced for the first time Sunday, Aug. 10, since injuring his hamstring before training camp opened.
Huddle Up: A rare flash of positive news for Stewart, who's missed a combined 17 games over the past 2 seasons.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 8/10/14 11:31pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle) has been cleared to play in the second preseason game, according to head coach Ron Rivera.
Huddle Up: Coming off offseason ankle surgery, Newton still figures to be limited in terms of snaps and designed running plays, but you can check him out yourself in Sunday evening's nationally televised home contest against the Chiefs.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 8/8/14 4:20pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle) is not expected to play in the preseason opener Friday, Aug. 8.
Huddle Up: Cam could use the PT to get used to his new surrounding cast, but on the other hand, the Panthers certainly aren't going to rush their prize offensive asset back into action and risk re-injuring his surgically-repaired ankle.
Jonathan Stewart - RBPosted 8/8/14 8:11pm ET
Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (hamstring) was inactive for the preseason opener against the Buffalo Bills Friday, Aug. 8.
Huddle Up: It feels like a lifetime ago since Stewart has been a fantasy factor. He still isn't practicing and remains week-to-week. Stewart currently has an ADP of Round 13 but there's no guarantee that he's going to play much this season considering he just began to run in a straight line this week.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 8/7/14 4:10pm ET
Updating a previous report, Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle) would only play around two series and the playing calling would be limited if he is able to play in team's first preseason game Friday , Aug. 8 vs. Buffalo, according to head coach Ron Rivera. Rivera indicated Newton would do mostly handoffs if he plays in the game.
Huddle Up: As has been stated here, expect Newton's running and scrambling to be curtailed this preseason as the Panthers have their sights set on the Sept. 7 regular-season opener against the Bucs.
Greg Hardy - DEPosted 8/4/14 8:29pm ET
Carolina Panthers DE Greg Hardy's jury trial to appeal a judge's guilty verdict has been set for November 17. Hardy's attorney, Chris Fialko, doesn't expect the trial to be heard until 2015. If the trial goes on as scheduled, it would take place on the Monday of the team's bye week. The Panthers do not plan on disciplining Hardy until the legal process is completed.
Huddle Up: With the legal system being notoriously slow while grinding its gears, Hardy's owners in IDP leagues can expect to have the DE's services for a full season.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 7/29/14 1:54pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle) isn't running outside of the pocket during training camp, but he has been able to plant in the pocket to make throws without any complications.
Huddle Up: All indications are Cam is right on track and even ahead of schedule, and the Panthers certainly aren't going to have the QB scrambling all over and pushing things during the early stages of camp.
Kelvin Benjamin - WRPosted 7/29/14 11:47pm ET
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin said his knee felt better Tuesday, July 29, and he could be back sooner than expected. Benjamin suffered a bruised left knee in practice Sunday, July 27.
Huddle Up: Keep an eye on the first-round pick whom Cam Newton and the Panthers are counting on to lock down a starting role in a completely overhauled WR corps.
Kelvin Benjamin - WRPosted 7/28/14 2:48pm ET
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin's (knee) left knee injury isn't expected to be serious, and head coach Ron Rivera is optimistic that Benjamin won't miss much time. Benjamin is heading for an MRI exam Monday, July 28. 'He's had a great camp,' Rivera said. 'He came in in tip-top shape and ready to roll. He's one of those guys who spent time with Cam (before camp) working out. It's one of those that we want to make sure and be smart about.' Benjamin's MRI results are expected later Monday.
Huddle Up: It looks like Benjamin escaped a scare. The rookie is entering a good situation in Carolina with a Panthers team short on quality receivers. At the very least, the 6-5 Benjamin should be a factor in the red zone while he adjusts to the NFL.
Kelvin Benjamin - WRPosted 7/28/14 5:07pm ET
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) has a bone bruise, according to head coach Ron Rivera. There is swelling in the knee but nothing is structurally damaged.
Huddle Up: Benjamin will miss some practice time but the injury isn't serious. Obviously missing time isn't ideal for a rookie receiver the Panthers are depending on to produce right away but considering the injury could have been much worse, this is good news for Benjamin. He currently has an ADP of Round 11.
Cam Newton - QBPosted 7/26/14 1:00pm ET
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle) said his ankle is not 100 percent at this point, but it is getting better each day.
Huddle Up: Because much of Newton's fantasy value is derived from his rushing, expect his ankle to be an ongoing story during training camp. A Newton that runs less is no longer a top-five fantasy quarterback, especially given his corps of receivers.
Jonathan Stewart - RBPosted 7/24/14 4:54pm ET
Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart is expected to miss one-to-two weeks as he recovers from a hamstring injury. Stewart will not be placed on the team's Physically Unable to Perform list.
Huddle Up: Another season, more injury questions for Stewart, who has played in only a combined 15 games the past 2 seasons.
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