Player News - Panthers

Date: Team: Pos:

Panthers coach Ron Rivera doesn't expect Ryan Kalil (neck) to return this week.

Kalil has been shut down since a Week 7 setback. He's practicing this week, but still has some hurdles to clear coming off Carolina's bye. Tyler Larsen looks likely to make at least one more start before Kalil returns.
Nov 20 - 5:52 PM

Panthers WR Damiere Byrd (broken arm) has resumed practicing, beginning his activation window from injured reserve.

He joins Greg Olsen as the Panthers' second "return" player. Byrd is not eligible to return until Week 13. Even considering the Panthers' depth issues at receiver, Byrd will be lightly targeted upon his return.
Nov 20 - 1:26 PM

Greg Olsen (foot, injured reserve) said he plans to play Week 12 against the Jets.

Olsen returned to practice on Monday, and his optimism suggests the session went well. He will still need to get through the rest of the week without any setbacks, but all signs point to Olsen suiting up against the Jets. He will worth starting in that matchup.
Nov 20 - 12:37 PM

Panthers C Ryan Kalil (neck) returned to practice Monday.

Kalil has played 15 snaps since Week 1 because of a lingering neck issue he aggravated in Week 7, but this practice puts him on track to return following the bye. Coming off their best two performances of the season, the Panthers' running game would get another boost if Kalil is able to make it back this week.
Nov 20 - 10:52 AM

Greg Olsen (foot) is practicing on Monday.

The plan was reportedly for Olsen to test out his foot before returning to practice Wednesday, but he appeared fully dressed for practice walking to the field on Monday and ran routes during the portion of practice open to the media. The tight end looks on track to return this week against the Jets, making him a must-add in the leagues he is still available.
Nov 20 - 10:43 AM

Panthers WR Curtis Samuel (ankle) has ligament damage and is done for the season.

An MRI confirmed what the Panthers feared on Monday. Samuel needs surgery on his left ankle. It's a big blow for an offense that just traded Kelvin Benjamin, and a crushing one for a rookie who was finally seeing increased snaps and targets. The lost development time is extra bad since Samuel has begun his career as a player who needs his touches manufactured. The 7-3 Panthers will move forward without any real vertical options. Samuel, despite the injury and slow development, is a hold in Dynasty leagues.
Nov 14 - 3:42 PM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera still expects Greg Olsen (I.R., foot) to return against the Jets in Week 12.

The Panthers are on bye this week but the plan is for Olsen to go through a rigorous workout next Monday. If that goes off without a hitch, he'll return to practice on Wednesday, putting him on track to return against the Jets in Week 12. Ed Dickson has done an admirable job filling in at tight end, but likely won't be a fantasy option upon Olsen's return.
Nov 14 - 1:46 PM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera acknowledged that Curtis Samuel's left ankle/leg injury could be season-ending.

The injury occurred in Monday night's win over Miami. None of the news surrounding Samuel sounds promising. Cam Newton said the injury is "real bad" while Rivera said he's "not optimistic" about his status. We won't know for sure until Samuel gets his MRI results back, but it's fair to assume he won't be back anytime soon. Damiere Byrd (I.R., forearm) is eligible to return in Week 12 and could take Samuel's roster spot if he's placed on injured reserve.
Nov 14 - 1:38 PM

The Charlotte Observer reports the Panthers are concerned Curtis Samuel suffered a serious ankle injury Monday night.

Samuel was on crutches with his left leg "heavily bandaged" following the game. The Observer reports the initial diagnosis is a high-ankle sprain, but the team is concerned the injury could be worse. Even a serious sprain would knock the rookie out for several weeks. It is a tough break for a player who looked like he was on his way to breaking out.
Nov 14 - 9:40 AM

Ed Dickson caught 3-of-5 targets for 33 yards and a touchdown in the Panthers' Week 10 win over the Dolphins.

Dickson's touchdown came on a laser from QB Cam Newton which he did a good job snagging out of the air. With Greg Olsen (ankle) nearing a return, Dickson isn't worth rostering going into the Panthers Week 11 bye.
Nov 14 - 1:09 AM

Russell Shepard caught 3-of-7 targets for 40 yards in the Panthers' Week 10 win over the Dolphins.

Shepard tied Curtis Samuel with seven for the most targets on the team, something interesting to note after the Kelvin Benjamin trade. He didn't turn his targets into much, but Samuel was forced off with an injury, something that could open even more opportunity for Shepard. He won't be more than a WR4 after the bye.
Nov 14 - 1:00 AM

Cameron Artis-Payne rushed seven times for 68 yards and a touchdown in the Panthers' Week 10 win over the Dolphins.

Artis-Payne got some work after the game was well out of hand. He broke multiple tackles on an impressive 43-yard run and showed great patience and burst on his touchdown run. CAP is a good third-stringer on a team that is starting to find its groove rushing the ball but doesn't hold any fantasy value.
Nov 14 - 12:21 AM

Jonathan Stewart rushed 17 times for 110 yards in the Panthers' Week 10 win over the Dolphins.

It was his first 100-yard game of the season; Stewart's previous high was 68 yards in Week 4. He consistently ripped off chunks of yards against a previously stout Dolphins run defense that has simply cratered in recent weeks. The read-option worked with ease tonight, allowing all Panthers rushers plenty of space. Stewart wasn't targeted in the pass game and was one of the few players held out of the end zone, greatly limiting his fantasy production. He will be a touchdown-dependent RB3 against the Jets after the Panthers' bye.
Nov 14 - 12:14 AM

Christian McCaffrey rushed five times for 23 yards and one touchdown in the Panthers' 45-21, Week 10 win over the Dolphins.

He added three catches for 27 yards and an additional touchdown on seven targets. McCaffrey didn't have many touches but scored twice after finding the end zone once last week. It's a refreshing change for fantasy owners. His 57% snap share would be concerning if the Panthers weren't winning by a lot with over a quarter left, giving third-stringer Cameron Artis-Payne some work. He will be a RB2 in the Panthers' Week 12 matchup against the Jets after their bye.
Nov 14 - 12:03 AM

Devin Funchess caught 5-of-6 targets for 92 yards and two touchdowns in the Panthers' Week 10 win over the Dolphins.

Funchess finished third on the team in targets but made the most of them. His first score came on a screen pass where he caught the ball and exploded into space for a touchdown. His second touchdown came on a jump ball where he made a great adjustment. He will be a solid WR2 after the Panthers bye in Week 11, but he'll face competition for targets from Greg Olsen, who is expected back from a broken foot when the Panthers next take the field against the Jets.
Nov 13 - 11:53 PM


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