Rivera says Panthers hope to get Reid on field soon
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Panthers coach Ron Rivera says he hopes to get newly signed safety Eric Reid on the field for next Sunday's home game against the New York Giants, but doesn't anticipate him playing every defensive snap.
Rivera, who served as the grand marshall for Sunday's NASCAR race in Charlotte, says the team made a "football decision" to sign Reid last week. Reid signed a one-year deal with Carolina on Thursday.
Column: Phone rings for Reid, but not yet for Kaepernick
The newest member of the good old boys club fooled them all.
Eric Reid will play football this season, and for that everyone who believes in fair play should be happy. After all, the only thing keeping Reid out of the NFL before Thursday was that he stood — make that kneeled — with Colin Kaepernick in San Francisco.
Another injury: Panthers send safety Da’Norris Searcy to IR
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Panthers continue to struggle with injuries, placing starting safety Da'Norris Searcy on injured reserve following his second concussion in five weeks.
Searcy was injured in the team's 31-24 loss to the Atlanta Falcons last Sunday. The Panthers (1-1) have not yet signed anyone to replace Searcy.
Rookie Rashaan Gaulden and veteran Colin Jones are expected to split snaps at safety on Sunday against Cincinnati (2-0).
Panthers Preview Capsule
CAROLINA PANTHERS (11-6)
New faces: RB C.J. Anderson, WR Torrey Smith, WR Jarius Wright, WR D.J. Moore, TE Ian Thomas, OL Jeremiah Sirles, DT Dontari Poe, CB Donte Jackson, S Da'Norris Searcy, QB Taylor Heinicke.
Key losses: RB Jonathan Stewart, OG Andrew Norwell, TE Ed Dickson, DE Charles Johnson, DT Star Lotulelei, CB Daryl Worley, S Kurt Coleman, QB Derek Anderson.
Titans Preview Capsule
TENNESSEE TITANS (10-8)
New faces: Coach Mike Vrabel, defensive coordinator Dean Pees, offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur, CB Malcolm Butler, RB Dion Lewis, G Kevin Pamphile, QB Blaine Gabbert, G Xavier Su'a-Filo, LB Will Compton, DL Bennie Logan, LB Rashaan Evans, LB Harold Landry, S Kendrick Lewis, S Kenny Vaccaro.
BC-FBN--Panthers Training Camp Capsule
CAROLINA PANTHERS (11-6)
OPEN CAMP: July 26, Wofford College, Spartanburg, South Carolina
LAST YEAR: Panthers enjoyed bounce-back season after failing to reach playoffs in 2017. Carolina lost three times to New Orleans, including wild-card playoffs. No deep threat, lengthy injury to TE Greg Olsen and poor pass protection doomed offense. Defense remained one of NFL's best behind high MLB Luke Kuechly.
Titans Training Camp Capsule
TENNESSEE TITANS (10-8)
OPEN CAMP: July 25, Nashville, Tennessee
LAST YEAR: Titans swept Jacksonville but missed AFC South title after losing three straight in December. Winning first postseason game in 14 years with amazing comeback in Kansas City didn't save coach Mike Mularkey, not when he stuck with OC Terry Robiskie following ugly rout in New England.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Panthers have signed three potential starters in the second wave of free agency.
Carolina signed safety Da'Norris Searcy and cornerback Ross Cockrell to two-year contracts on Friday and guard Jeremiah Sirles to a one-year deal. The financial terms were not released, although Cockrell's agency Reign Sports Management announced on Twitter his deal was worth $6.8 million.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have told backup quarterback Matt Cassel, safety Da'Norris Searcy and receiver Eric Weems that they will be released.
The moves announced Friday come a day after the Titans said they will be cutting running back DeMarco Murray.
Titans safety Cyprien out for a ‘few’ weeks with hamstring
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee coach Mike Mularkey says starting safety Johnathan Cyprien will miss a "few" weeks with an injured hamstring.
Mularkey updated Cyprien's status Monday shortly after the safety told reporters in the locker room that he was fine when asked about his health.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee coach Mike Mularkey has made it clear that the Titans expect much more from the secondary this season.
The unit was so revamped this offseason that the secondary could feature three new starters from the 2016 season opener with veteran safety Da'Norris Searcy the lone holdover.
"We've got a lot of new faces back there," Mularkey said Tuesday on the first day of a planned three-day minicamp. "We can do more things with our coverages with our secondary now."
Titans DL Karl Klug needs surgery for torn Achilles tendon
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee defensive lineman Karl Klug has a torn left Achilles tendon and will have season-ending surgery.
Titans coach Mike Mularkey announced the severity of the injury Monday and said Klug will be placed on injured reserve.
Dick LeBeau keeping Titans’ safeties fresh with rotation
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Rotating defensive linemen or even outside linebackers to keep players fresh to rush the quarterback is nothing new in the NFL.
The Tennessee Titans have extended the practice and are alternating four players at the two safety positions.
The rotation includes listed starters Da'Norris Searcy and Rashad Johnson, plus special teams captain Daimion Stafford and rookie third-round pick Kevin Byard.
Titans safety Da’Norris Searcy expects to play vs. Browns
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Titans safety Da'Norris Searcy expects to play Sunday against the Cleveland Browns after missing the past two games with a high left ankle sprain and couldn't be happier.
Searcy, who suffered the injury late in the Titans' loss to Oakland two weeks ago, went through full practices this week and is excited about contributing to what Tennessee hopes will be a win.
Tennessee rules out 3 Titans for game vs. Miami Dolphins
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have ruled out three players for Sunday's game in Miami, including two starters in safety Da'Norris Searcy and nose tackle Al Woods.
Coach Mike Mularkey said Friday that Searcy, Woods and cornerback Cody Riggs will not travel.
Searcy will miss his second straight game with an injured ankle. Woods pulled a calf muscle in last week's 27-20 loss at Houston and is expected to miss at least three weeks. Riggs is out with a hamstring injury.