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DeAngelo Williams (ankle) "might" practice on Wednesday.

Coach Ron Rivera made the disclosure at Monday's presser. Owners shouldn't hold their breath. D-Will won't be returning to any fantasy value, but the Panthers badly need him behind fellow injury-prone veteran Jonathan Stewart. Chris Ogbonnaya, Fozzy Whittaker and Darrin Reaves are not NFL-caliber rushers.
Oct 20 - 3:01 PM

Panthers RG Trai Turner has been diagnosed with knee and ankle sprains, and been ruled out for Week 8.

Turner is week to week. He'll be replaced in the starting lineup by undrafted rookie Andrew Norwell.
Oct 20 - 2:59 PM

Panthers LT Byron Bell has been diagnosed with a "deep elbow contusion," but hasn't been ruled out for Week 8.

Coach Ron Rivera called Bell's injury news "good" after he was forced from Sunday's emphatic loss. It doesn't sound like he'll be forced to miss any time, but how his elbow heals up as the week progresses will be key. Bell is backed up by undrafted rookie David Foucault.
Oct 20 - 2:56 PM

Darrin Reaves was held without a touch in the Panthers' Week 7 loss to the Packers.

Reaves was a distant No. 3 behind Jonathan Stewart and Chris Ogbonnaya. The jig is up in 12-14 team leagues.
Oct 19 - 6:51 PM

Chris Ogbonnaya rushed four times for 12 yards in Carolina's Week 7 loss to the Packers.

Ogbonnaya ran as Jonathan Stewart's clear backup in the absence of DeAngelo Williams (knee), but got out-touched 15-4. Even in the Panthers' chaotic backfield, Ogbonnaya is off the radar in re-draft leagues.
Oct 19 - 6:50 PM

Jerricho Cotchery caught 3-of-8 targets for 21 yards in the Panthers' Week 7 loss to the Packers.

A brutally inefficient day, but it wasn't Cotchery's fault. The Panthers simply never got into rhythm on offense. Cotchery has yet to score this season, severely under-cutting his WR4/5 floor.
Oct 19 - 6:45 PM

Jonathan Stewart rushed 14 times for 55 yards in Carolina's Week 7 loss to the Packers, adding a 12-yard reception.

Active for the first time since Week 3, J-Stew out-touched backups Chris Ogbonnaya and Darrin Reaves 15-4. Stewart will remain the Panthers' clear starter for as long as DeAngelo Williams (knee) is sidelined, but won't offer more than RB3/FLEX value.
Oct 19 - 6:24 PM

Greg Olsen caught 8-of-8 targets for 105 yards in Carolina's Week 7 loss to the Packers.

Olsen was a bright spot for the Panthers on an otherwise glum day. He's now up to 41/493/5 through the Panthers' first seven games, and locked into top-five tight end value.
Oct 19 - 6:22 PM

Kelvin Benjamin caught 3-of-6 targets for 61 yards and a touchdown in Carolina's Week 7 loss to the Packers.

Benjamin's score came deep into garbage time, but was impressive as he skied over Packers CB Tramon Williams in the end zone. Benjamin also boxed out Williams on a nifty grab in the second quarter. Averaging five catches for 68 yards per week, Benjamin has also found the end zone in 5-of-7 games. He's a WR2 with weekly WR1 upside. Seattle's Legion of Boom represents a stiff Week 8 test, however.
Oct 19 - 5:37 PM

Cam Newton completed 17-of-31 passes for 205 yards, one touchdown and one interception in Carolina's 38-17, Week 7 loss to the Packers, adding seven rushes for 41 yards.

Newton's score was a 13-yard strike to Kelvin Benjamin deep into garbage time. The Panthers couldn't get the ball moving early, while injuries to LT Byron Bell and RG Trai Turner led to serious protection issues. The Panthers just never got in sync, though Newton continued to look the best he ever has as a passer, standing tall and delivering the ball on a rope. Newton was also rugged as a runner for the second-consecutive week, and is firmly back into dual-threat mode. He gets a stiff Week 8 test, as the Seahawks will be traveling to Charlotte.
Oct 19 - 4:28 PM

Panthers RG Trai Turner was forced from Carolina's Week 7 game against the Packers with a knee injury.

The Panthers have also lost LT Byron Bell. Undrafted rookie Andrew Norwell has taken Turner's place at right guard.
Oct 19 - 3:35 PM

Panthers WR/KR Philly Brown was forced from Carolina's Week 7 game against the Packers with a concussion.

Brown had zero catches before going down. Primarily utilized on special teams, Brown should be considered week to week.
Oct 19 - 3:33 PM

Panthers LT Byron Bell was forced from Carolina's Week 7 game against the Packers with an elbow injury.

Bell is technically questionable to return, but will almost certainly sit out the remainder of a blowout loss. Undrafted rookie David Foucault is now protecting Cam Newton's blindside.
Oct 19 - 3:16 PM

Jonathan Stewart (knee) is officially active for Week 7 against the Packers.

With DeAngelo Williams and Fozzy Whittaker inactive, J-Stew will be backed up by Darrin Reaves and Chris Ogbonnaya against a Packers defense serving up the most rushing yards in the league. He's Rotoworld's No. 27 back for Week 7.
Oct 19 - 11:41 AM

Kelvin Benjamin (concussion) is active for Week 7 against the Packers.

Benjamin is good to go as a top-15 option against a Packers defense missing RCB Sam Shields. LCB Tramon Williams (ankle) is active, but operating at less than 100 percent. Inactive for the Panthers are QB Joe Webb, CB Josh Norman, CB Bene Benwikere, RB DeAngelo Williams, RB Fozzy Whittaker, OG Amini Silatolu and LB Chase Blackburn.
Oct 19 - 11:36 AM


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