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Mike Tolbert (chest) returned to Panthers practice Thursday, getting in a limited session.

It puts Tolbert on track to operate as a Week 3 battering ram, though how he feels on Friday will be key. With DeAngelo Williams (thigh) trending toward a return, as well, Tolbert's status is less important than it was in Week 2.
Sep 18 - 7:57 PM

Jerricho Cotchery was added to the Panthers' injury report Thursday, getting in a limited session with a thigh issue.

Cotchery likely tweaked his thigh in Thursday's practice. It shouldn't hold him out for Week 3, where he'll be a touchdown-dependent WR5, as usual.
Sep 18 - 6:55 PM

Kelvin Benjamin (knee) returned to Panthers practice Thursday, getting in a full session.

The Panthers were just giving Benjamin a breather on Wednesday. He'll be good to go as a high-end WR3 against the Steelers.
Sep 18 - 4:02 PM

DeAngelo Williams (thigh) remained out of Panthers practice Thursday, but did a "lot of work on the side."

Speaking after practice, coach Ron Rivera said he's "not that concerned" about D-Will's status, indicating he'll be a go for Sunday night's game against the Steelers. Rivera's tune might change if Williams can't practice on Friday, but for now he's on track to suit up for Week 3.
Sep 18 - 3:58 PM

Panthers RB Fozzy Whittaker (quad) did not practice Wednesday.

Whittaker is not expected to be available for Sunday night's game against the Steelers. The Panthers are listing him as "week to week."
Sep 17 - 7:01 PM

Jason Avant (thigh) was limited in practice Wednesday.

Avant suffered the thigh injury in Sunday's win. He should return to full practice later this week.
Sep 17 - 5:20 PM

Greg Olsen (calf) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

Olsen is expected to be fine for Sunday night's game against the Steelers. He's locked in as a mid-range TE1.
Sep 17 - 5:16 PM

Kelvin Benjamin did not practice Wednesday.

Benjamin suffered a knee injury in Week 2, but it wasn't believed to be serious. His status will be updated no later than Thursday.
Sep 17 - 4:46 PM

Panthers placed RE Greg Hardy on the NFL's exempt/commissioner's permission list.

As expected. After the Vikings used the exempt list to banish Adrian Peterson while his child-abuse case is resolved, it gave the Panthers an avenue to use on Hardy. The 26-year-old Pro Bowl pass rusher was convicted of domestic assault in July. The Panthers are a little late to the party after Hardy was allowed to play Week 1, but the NFL also has done absolutely nothing to punish Hardy. He'll now stay away from the team for an undetermined amount of time while collecting his $13.116 million guaranteed salary. The Panthers will roll with a combination of Kony Ealy and Mario Addison opposite LE Charles Johnson. No. 3 DE Frank Alexander has two more games left on his four-game suspension.
Sep 17 - 2:24 PM

Mike Tolbert (chest) is not practicing Wednesday.

Tolbert is day to day after suffering a chest injury in Sunday's win. The Panthers are hoping he can return to practice later this week.
Sep 17 - 1:15 PM

DeAngelo Williams (thigh) did not practice Wednesday.

The Panthers expect Williams to return this week, but the fact that he's still not practicing isn't a good sign. He should be considered questionable for Sunday night's game against the Steelers. Jonathan Stewart ran for 37 yards and a touchdown in place of Williams and will continue to handle all first-team work.
Sep 17 - 1:13 PM

The Washington Post's Mark Maske reports the Panthers are considering placing RE Greg Hardy on the exempt/commissioner's permission list.

It's the same tactic the Vikings used on Adrian Peterson. The Vikings are choosing to pay Peterson while he's away, but they reportedly have the option not to. With the firestorm that has hit the NFL regarding its off-field issues, it seems likely the Panthers are going to do something with Hardy. He was deactivated for Week 2, and the Panthers didn't miss a beat. Hardy's $13.116 million salary on the franchise tag is fully guaranteed.
Sep 17 - 10:27 AM

Panthers RB Fozzy Whittaker (quad) is considered week to week.

Whittaker and Mike Tolbert (shoulder) both went down in Week 2, leaving Jonathan Stewart to carry all the mail. But DeAngelo Williams (thigh) and Tolbert are expected back this week, meaning Whittaker wouldn't have had a role anyway.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 16 - 12:52 PM

The Panthers expect DeAngelo Williams (thigh) to return for Sunday night's game against the Steelers.

Williams missed last week's win over the Lions after a thigh injury flared up on him. Assuming he gets through practice without a setback, he'll be ready to share the load with Jonathan Stewart in a plus matchup against Pittsburgh. Both backs will be low-upside RB3 types thanks to the cap on touches.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 16 - 12:31 PM

The NFL is discussing intervening in the Greg Hardy situation.

The Panthers let Hardy play in Week 1 even though he was found guilty of domestic assault in July. He was deactivated for Week 2 once the Ray Rice situation blew up. Now the NFL is considering stepping in with discipline.
Sep 16 - 12:09 PM


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