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Jerricho Cotchery (hamstring) will be a game-time decision for Week 3.

Cotchery didn't practice on Friday after being limited earlier in the week. Jason Avant (thigh) is also questionable to play in Sunday night's game against the Steelers, leaving Kelvin Benjamin as a lock for 10-plus targets. Brenton Bersin could see time opposite Benjamin if one of Cotchery or Avant sits, with Philly Brown playing in sub packages.
Sep 20 - 4:08 PM

Panthers signed RB Darrin Reaves off their practice squad.

Reaves will provide insurance for DeAngelo Williams (questionable, hamstring). Fozzy Whittaker (thigh) is doubtful for Sunday night's game against the Steelers.
Sep 20 - 1:37 PM

Greg Olsen (calf) is listed as probable for Week 3 against the Steelers.

Olsen was limited in practice Wednesday before getting in two full sessions to end the week. He's ready to roll as a high-end TE1 against a Pittsburgh defense that surrendered two touchdowns to Owen Daniels two Thursdays ago.
Sep 20 - 11:54 AM

Coach Ron Rivera said he's concerned with Jerricho Cotchery's (hamstring) status for Sunday's Week 3 game against the Steelers.

Cotchery did not practice Friday and will be reevaluated Saturday. If he can't go, we can expect Kelvin Benjamin to get another 2-3 targets. Benjamin was already a strong Week 3 play as he'll see a lot of burnable Steelers CB Ike Taylor.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 19 - 10:49 PM

Jason Avant (thigh) is questionable for Week 3 against the Steelers.

A better real-life player than fantasy asset, Avant shouldn't be owned anywhere.
Sep 19 - 1:10 PM

Jerricho Cotchery (thigh) is questionable for Week 3 against the Steelers.

Cotchery should only be in consideration for fantasy lineups in the deepest of leagues.
Sep 19 - 1:08 PM

DeAngelo Williams (thigh) is officially listed as questionable for Week 3 against the Steelers.

Coach Ron Rivera once again said he expects to have Williams for Sunday Night Football. He has some FLEX appeal in a plus matchup. The concern with Williams is he doesn't score touchdowns. Owners should be aiming higher.
Sep 19 - 1:04 PM

Jerricho Cotchery (thigh) was downgraded to did not practice Friday.

Cotchery was added to the injury report Thursday after tweaking his thigh. His status for Week 3 against the Steelers is in question. If he can't play, Cam Newton will lean on Kelvin Benjamin and Greg Olsen more in the red zone.
Sep 19 - 11:52 AM

Mike Tolbert (chest) practiced again on Friday and is probable for Week 3 versus Pittsburgh.

Tolbert took what he called the hardest hit of his career from DT Nick Fairley. He had trouble breathing and will wear extra padding against the Steelers. Jonathan Stewart could see extra looks in the red zone with Tolbert not at 100 percent. Both would be desperation plays with DeAngelo Williams (thigh) back.
Sep 19 - 11:48 AM

DeAngelo Williams (thigh) returned to practice Friday.

Williams has steadily progressed all week after sitting out last Sunday against the Lions. Expect him to be listed as questionable on the injury report, but suit up versus the Steelers' sieve-like run defense. Williams will be in the RB2/3 mix. His upside is obviously capped by not playing in the red zone. Mike Tolbert (chest) and Jonathan Stewart are both healthy as touchdown vultures.
Sep 19 - 11:42 AM

Coach Ron Rivera admits Cam Newton is dealing with "constant nagging soreness" in both his ankle and ribs, and he'll do so for the remainder of the season.

Newton's current routine is to get treatment every Monday and Tuesday in an effort to get everything calmed down before practice on Wednesday. It's a reminder that Newton is still banged up, and will be until February. He rushed just four times in his Week 2 debut and was sacked five times. Expect Carolina to lean more on Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert near the goal line.
Sep 19 - 9:22 AM

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


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