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It's unclear how the league's new domestic-violence policy will apply to Panthers RE Greg Hardy, who was found guilty of assault on a female and communicating threats in July.

Hardy appealed, and is set for a jury trial in November. Under the league's new rules, first-time offenders will earn six-game bans. Asked if the guidelines will be applied retroactively, a league spokesman said "each case will be addressed individually on its merits." It does not appear a Hardy suspension is imminent.
Aug 28 - 5:25 PM

Greg Olsen (personal) is not with the Panthers for Thursday's preseason finale.

Olsen is with his son, T.J., who is recovering from a third surgery on his heart. Olsen is tentatively expected back with the team by Wednesday, when official preparations for the opener against the Bucs begin.
Aug 28 - 8:48 AM

Both coach Ron Rivera and Cam Newton said there's "no doubt" he'll play Week 1 despite a rib injury.

Newton has hairline fractures in a few of his ribs, but quarterbacks regularly play through this injury. It's typically a question of pain management. We'll know more on Newton next week when the Panthers begin official preparations for the Bucs, but he's safe to pen into lineups. Rivera said the zone-read will still be in play despite Cam's injury.
Aug 27 - 12:13 PM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he plans to keep Joe Webb as the team's No. 3 quarterback.

The Panthers only kept two quarterbacks last year, but can't afford to cut Webb with Cam Newton (ribs) injured. Webb has completed 21-of-35 passes for 271 yards with two touchdowns and one interception through three preseason games, adding 30 yards on four carries. Derek Anderson will open the season as Newton's backup. Webb's roster spot won't be guaranteed once Cam heals.
Aug 26 - 8:39 PM

Cam Newton (ribs) didn't practice Monday, but "appeared to be walking better."

The Panthers have already said they don't expect to know Newton's Week 1 availability until next week, so it's possible he remains sidelined through the weekend. We still expect him to ultimately be cleared, but it wouldn't be surprising if Newton is held off the practice field until Wednesday of Week 1.
Aug 25 - 4:19 PM

The Panthers don't expect to know Cam Newton's (rib) Week 1 availability until next week.

Newton has a hairline rib fracture in his back region. "We’ll treat him day by day and evaluate him at the end of the week and see how he is," Rivera said. "We expect him to get past the soreness in the next few days and then be able to do a lot more as the days go." Newton's ability to play will come down to "pain management." We suspect he'll be out there Week 1 at Tampa, but perhaps with fewer designed runs in the playbook.
Aug 24 - 7:33 PM

Cam Newton has been diagnosed with a hairline fracture in his ribs, but the Panthers are optimistic he will play in Week 1.

Coach Ron Rivera said Sunday he "thinks" Newton will play Week 1 at Tampa Bay. The September 7 opener is exactly two weeks away. Newton will obviously be held out of Carolina's preseason finale. Newton's rib and ankle injuries are an increasing concern for his mobility and rushing potential, as OC Mike Shula may scale back designed runs in an effort to keep his quarterback healthy. Those worries are still baked into Newton's mid- to late-seventh-round ADP, where he is a value pick. This latest news will probably push him into the eighth round of 12-team drafts.
Aug 24 - 4:48 PM

Fifth-round CB Bene Benwikere ran as the Panthers' starting nickel corner in the team's third preseason game against the Patriots on Friday.

Benwikere worked ahead of veteran Charles Godfrey. Antoine Cason and Melvin White are the Panthers' starters on the outside. Godfrey has struggled in his return from a torn Achilles', while Benwikere has drawn positive marks for his coverage and work against the run through the first three preseason games.
Aug 24 - 11:01 AM

Cam Newton will play in the Panthers' fourth preseason game.

Starters are usually rested in the fourth contest, but Newton and the Panthers' offense have struggled to move the ball this preseason. "It was very evident that we’ve got to get him out there," coach Ron Rivera said. "We’ve got to get our quarterback out on the field, and he’s got to get some timing with those guys." Newton suffered a back contusion Friday night, but appears fine.
Aug 23 - 9:32 AM

Panthers DE Greg Hardy reinjured his bruised shoulder against the Patriots Friday night.

Hardy played most of the second quarter with the injury, indicating he should be ready for the regular season opener. Hardy was convicted in July of assault on a female and communicating threats, but is appealing the decision. He is unlikely to be suspended this season.
Aug 23 - 12:32 AM

Panthers WR Jason Avant did not catch a pass against the Patriots Friday night.

He was targeted once. Avant started the game, and will likely play in three-receiver sets this season. Avant has one catch for 25 yards this preseason. He has no fantasy value.
Aug 22 - 10:49 PM

Panthers WR Jerricho Cotchery was held without a catch in the Panthers' third preseason game.

Cotchery has only one grab this preseason despite playing all three of the Panthers' games. Kelvin Benjamin is clearly the No. 1 wide out in Carolina, and Cotchery is likely behind Greg Olsen in the pecking order as well. Cotchery's red-zone ability gives him weekly upside, but he will be hard to trust as a week-to-week contributor.
Aug 22 - 10:47 PM

Greg Olsen caught 2-of-4 targets for 21 yards in the Panthers' third preseason game Friday night.

It could have been a much bigger night. Olsen was wide open with room to run down the seam early in the first quarter, but the pass from Cam Newton was behind him. Olsen has four catches for 43 yards this preseason. He is currently being drafted in the 8th round.
Aug 22 - 10:33 PM

Jonathan Stewart rushed four times for 11 yards and caught one pass for 20 yards against the Patriots.

Stewart played behind DeAngelo Williams, but looked like the better player on Friday night. He finally seems to be healthy, and should carve out a bigger role in the Panthers' offense as long as he can stay on the field. Stewart has gained 37 yards on eight carries (4.6 YPC) this preseason. He is a nice flier in the 13th round.
Aug 22 - 10:24 PM

DeAngelo Williams started the Panthers' third preseason game Friday night, rushing five times for nine yards.

Williams played ahead of Jonathan Stewart on Friday night, but Stewart was the more impressive player. If Stewart can stay healthy, he will eat into Williams' workload. Williams has eight carries for 18 yards (2.0 YPC) and one catch for five yards this preseason.
Aug 22 - 10:17 PM


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