Bills Preview Capsule
BUFFALO BILLS (6-10)
New faces: WRs Cole Beasley, John Brown and Andre Roberts, rookie DT Ed Oliver, CBs Kevin Johnson and Captain Munnerlyn, S Kurt Coleman, TE Tyler Kroft and rookies...
Buffalo Bills sign 7 draft picks; QB Derek Anderson retires
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills have signed seven of their eight draft picks, including first-round selection Ed Oliver, while veteran quarterback Derek Anderson is retiring after 14...
Buffalo Bills re-sign QB Derek Anderson to 1-year contract
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills have re-signed veteran quarterback Derek Anderson to a one-year contract in a move reflecting the role he played in mentoring rookie Josh Allen through the final two-plus months of the season.
The signing on Monday comes a day after Buffalo closed a 6-10 season with a 42-17 win over Miami, in which Allen had a career-best three touchdowns passing and scored two more rushing.
Bills sign quarterback Matt Barkley to 2-year extension
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills have signed quarterback Matt Barkley to a two-year contract extension, securing what's been an unsettled backup spot behind rookie Josh Allen.
The signing announced Friday is a reflection of how Barkley performed in winning his one start this season and his role in helping mentor Allen. Coach Sean McDermott this week lauded Barkley for his support of Allen.
Bills RB McCoy questionable with hamstring injury
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy is questionable for Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions.
McCoy suffered a hamstring injury against the New York Jets last weekend. He missed practice on Wednesday before being limited the past two days.
Running back Chris Ivory is also questionable with a shoulder injury, though Ivory was a full participant in practice all week.
NFL Injury Report
ARIZONA CARDINALS at GREEN BAY PACKERS — CARDINALS: OUT: LB Deone Bucannon (chest). QUESTIONABLE: S Budda Baker (knee), S Rudy Ford (heel), T D.J. Humphries (knee), LB Haason Reddick (neck), WR Chad Williams (ankle). PACKERS: OUT: S Kentrell Brice (ankle, concussion), RB Tra Carson (rib), DE Mike Daniels (foot), WR Trevor Davis (hamstring), S Raven Greene (ankle). QUESTIONABLE: T David Bakhtiari (knee), CB Bashaud Breeland (groin), WR Randall Cobb (hamstring), CB Kevin King (hamstring), G Lane Taylor (quadricep).
Bills QB Matt Barkley in the mix to start against Jets
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Bills rookie quarterback Josh Allen's status remains uncertain. Derek Anderson is out. And that means it might be Matt Barkley time for Buffalo.
Barkley is suddenly in the mix to start against the New York Jets on Sunday, some 10 days after Buffalo signed the journeyman to serve as an emergency backup.
Bears’ Mack is out, Ansah in for Lions and Diggs is inactive
Star linebacker Khalil Mack is missing his second straight game for Chicago Bears, who will face turnover-prone Nathan Peterman after the Buffalo Bills ruled out quarterback Derek Anderson because of a concussion.
Peterman to start for Bills; Anderson out with concussion
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Nathan Peterman will start at quarterback for the Buffalo Bills on Sunday against the Chicago Bears after Derek Anderson was ruled out with a concussion.
The Bills (2-6) said Saturday that Anderson and rookie linebacker Tremaine Edmunds have not cleared concussion protocol.
Rookie quarterback Josh Allen has a sprained elbow) and already has been ruled out for a third straight game. Anderson was hurt in the final minutes of a 25-6 loss to New England on Monday night.
Bills quarterback Derek Anderson questionable for Bears
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Bills quarterback Derek Anderson is questionable for Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears after missing practice all week because of to a concussion.
If Anderson cannot play, Nathan Peterman will start.
Middle linebacker Tremaine Edmunds is also questionable and not expected to play. He, too, missed practice this week because of a concussion.
Bills sign QB Matt Barkley, bring back punter Colton Schmidt
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills have signed quarterback Matt Barkley to address a banged-up and thinly experienced position ahead of their game against the Chicago Bears this weekend.
In a separate move Wednesday, punter Colton Schmidt returned to the Bills. He was signed to replace rookie Corey Bojorquez, who was placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury.
Bills QB Anderson has concussion; Peterman next option
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Quarterback Derek Anderson has been diagnosed with a concussion, leaving open the possibility of the Buffalo Bills starting turnover-prone Nathan Peterman against the Chicago Bears this weekend.
And the Bills on Tuesday signed free agent receiver Terrelle Pryor in a bid to bolster an offense off to the least productive start in terms of scoring in franchise history.
Bills QB Anderson to start against Patriots; Allen ruled out
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott says rookie quarterback Josh Allen will miss his second game due to a sprained elbow and newcomer Derek Anderson will start against the New England Patriots next week.
McDermott continues to list Allen as week to week after he hurt his right throwing arm in a 20-13 loss to Houston on Oct. 14.
ICYMI in NFL Week 7: Kaepernick, social issues back in news
Colin Kaepernick is no longer in the NFL — which, when one considers that Derek Anderson and Cody Kessler are getting snaps at quarterback, is fascinating — and the White House-driven conversation about pregame national anthems in the league largely has receded.
Bills pay steep price in Indy for continual offensive woes
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Buffalo Bills thought Derek Anderson might be the solution to their offensive struggles. He wasn't.
They tried putting offensive coordinator Brian Daboll on the field for the first time. It didn't help.
Instead, the turnovers mounted, the scoring chances waned, and the Bills wound up talking about an all-too-familiar result Sunday: Indianapolis 37, Buffalo 5.
Derek Anderson to start at QB in place of Allen for Bills
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Derek Anderson went from having the Buffalo Bills lure him out of semiretirement one week, to taking over the starting job for injured rookie Josh Allen the next.
So much for the 35-year-old having any chance of easing his way back into football some 10 months since attempting what Anderson once thought might well have been the last pass — an incompletion — of his 12-year career.
Bills QB Allen week to week with injured throwing arm
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — An injury to rookie starter Josh Allen's throwing arm leaves the Buffalo Bills with two less-than-ideal options as potential Plan Bs.
Their first involves handing the job back to turnover-prone backup Nathan Peterman, who has thrown four interceptions in two appearances this season, and 10 overall in seven games, including playoffs.
Bills sign QB Derek Anderson to mentor rookie Josh Allen
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Bills rookie starter Josh Allen is gaining a mentor after Buffalo signed Derek Anderson on Tuesday.
The Bills announced the move Tuesday, a day after Anderson visited the team's facility. The 35-year-old has a 20-27 record over 12 NFL seasons, and spent the past seven serving as Cam Newton's backup in Carolina.
Coach Sean McDermott supported the need to add a veteran presence to help groom Allen in discussing the possibility of the Bills signing Anderson a day earlier.
QB Allen, Bills passing attack still lacks punch despite win
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — LeSean McCoy and the Buffalo Bills running game might have finally found its legs.
Now it's time to focus on continuing to develop rookie quarterback Josh Allen and a popgun passing attack.
Pick(ed) 6: Browns name rookie Baker Mayfield starting QB
CLEVELAND (AP) — Baker Mayfield's heard all about the Browns' quarterback misery, the horrid history of failures and flops since 1999.
From Tim Couch to Jeff Garcia to Derek Anderson to Johnny Manziel and so many others, 29 quarterbacks have started in Cleveland before Mayfield, who isn't taking any pride in being No. 30.
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.
Panthers have a QB battle on their hands _ behind Cam Newton
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — For the first time since 2010, the Carolina Panthers have a quarterback battle on their hands heading into the preseason — at least when it comes to who'll backup 2015 league MVP Cam Newton.
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.
Carolina Panthers free agency capsule
CAROLINA PANTHERS (11-6)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: Gs Andrew Norwell and Amini Silatolu; DEs Julius Peppers and Charles Johnson; DT Star Lotulelei; QB Derek Anderson; TE Ed Dickson, Ss Jairus Byrd and Kurt Coleman; CB Teddy Williams; LB Andrew Gachkar; WR Brenton Bersin; RB Jonathan Stewart.
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: TE Scott Simonson; G David Yankey; WR Kaelin Clay; CB LaDarius Gunter.
Panthers QB Newton still struggling after shoulder surgery
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Some of the remaining Panthers fans in a mostly empty stadium let out a sarcastic cheer when Derek Anderson replaced Cam Newton with less than 5 minutes left Sunday in a 34-13 loss to the New Orleans Saints.
Clearly, some are losing patience with the former NFL MVP.
Panthers claim QB Kaaya, S Cox off waivers
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers general manager Marty Hurney believes it's not a bad thing to have quarterbacks on your roster to develop.
With that in mind, the Panthers claimed quarterback Brad Kaaya off waivers from Detroit on Sunday and signed Garrett Gilbert to the practice squad after cutting him Saturday.
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton will miss the team’s first preseason game on Wednesday, head coach Ron Rivera announced Tuesday morning.
Newton underwent offseason surgery to repair a partially torn rotator cuff in his throwing shoulder. He was cleared to throw at the beginning of training camp but hasn’t thrown in individual or team drills in more than a week.
Panthers QB Newton out for preseason opener vs. Texans
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Quarterback Cam Newton will sit out the Panthers' preseason opener against the Houston Texans on Wednesday night while he continues to battle soreness in his right throwing shoulder.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera made the announcement Tuesday at training camp.
Other that some light warmup tosses, Newton hasn't thrown at training camp since July 30.
NFL draft: Browns still searching for franchise quarterback
CLEVELAND (AP) — Finding Bigfoot has been more productive than the Cleveland Browns' search for a franchise quarterback.
Rivera: Panthers LB Kuechly won’t play in season finale
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Coach Ron Rivera says he will not play three-time All-Pro middle linebacker Luke Kuechly in the team's season finale against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the Panthers out of playoff contention and his star defender recovering from a concussion.
Kuechly was cleared from the NFL's concussion protocol three weeks, but Rivera has elected not to play him as a precautionary measure.
Rivera said the decision about what is best for the long-term future of the team.
Rivera not worried about losing team after benching Newton
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers coach Ron Rivera is not worried about losing the faith of his players in the locker room after his decision to bench Cam Newton for the start of Sunday night's game against the Seattle Seahawks.
Rivera said Monday in hindsight he's "very comfortable" with his decision to keep the reigning league MVP on the sideline after he failed to wear a tie on the team flight Saturday, as required by team rules.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera doesn’t play favorites
A lot of NFL head coaches have a different standard for stars, subscribing to the philosophy of treating everyone equitably but not necessarily equally.
Ron Rivera is not among those coaches.
So, when reigning MVP Cam Newton boarded the team flight to Seattle without a dress shirt and necktie, Rivera decided to bench him for the first series Sunday night.
Tie or no tie? Dress-code flap defines Panthers’ 40-7 loss
SEATTLE (AP) — A missing necktie led to Carolina quarterback Cam Newton getting benched for one series on Sunday night.
Ron Rivera didn't expect it to last just one play. One disastrous play that created a most awkward of beginnings, and defined the Panthers' 40-7 blowout loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
"We didn't lose this game because of a tie," Newton said. "It was a lot of execution errors. Including a lot of things where we had our opportunities and we failed at it."
Chiefs’ Berry, Texans’ Jackson fined $24K for helmet hits
NEW YORK (AP) — Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry and Houston Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson have each been fined $24,309 by the NFL for helmet-to-helmet hits last weekend.
Berry was docked Friday after he made direct contact with the helmet of Denver backup running back Kapri Bibbs in the first quarter of the Chiefs' 30-27 overtime victory last Sunday night. Bibbs left the game to be evaluated for a concussion, but later returned.
Buccaneers without 3 starting D-linemen vs. Panthers
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be without three starting defensive linemen for Monday night's game against the Carolina Panthers.
Defensive tackles Gerald McCoy (calf) and Clinton McDonald (hamstring) and defensive end Robert Ayers (ankle) are all listed as inactive, along with running back Doug Martin (hamstring), wide receiver Cecil Shorts III (hamstring), tight end Luke Stocker (ankle) and guard Caleb Benenoch.
Panthers QB Newton, 3 others starters out vs. Tampa Bay
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Concussed quarterback Cam Newton and three other Carolina Panthers starters have been have been ruled out for Monday night's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers .
The league's MVP hasn't practiced since taking a helmet-to-helmet hit in Sunday's 48-33 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.
Derek Anderson will start for Carolina in Newton's place.
Panthers QB Newton sits out practice; Anderson ready to go
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Derek Anderson is preparing as if he will start Monday night against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with Cam Newton still in the league's concussion protocol.
The 33-year-old Anderson took reps with Carolina's first-team offense for the second straight day , while Newton did not attend the team's outdoor practice.
Panthers QB Cam Newton sits out practice with concussion
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers quarterback Cam Newton missed practice on Wednesday with a concussion, raising concerns about his availability for Monday night's division game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The league's reigning MVP remains in the concussion protocol, three days after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit from linebacker Deion Jones in the fourth quarter of a 48-33 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.
Newton leaves game with concussion, doesn’t return
ATLANTA (AP) — Carolina quarterback Cam Newton suffered a concussion early in the fourth quarter and was not allowed to return to the Panthers' 48-33 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.
Team officials confirmed the concussion in the last minute of the game.
Newton's day ended after he ran for a 2-point conversion that cut Atlanta's lead to 34-18. Falcons linebacker Deion Jones laid a clean hit on Newton near the goal line.
Newton sharp in only series as Panthers lose to Ravens 22-19
BALTIMORE (AP) — Cam Newton directed a 68-yard drive in his only series, then stepped aside — for the most part — as the Carolina Panthers lost to the Baltimore Ravens 22-19 on Thursday night in a preseason opener.
Newton, the reigning NFL MVP, went 5 for 6 for 36 yards before being replaced by 33-year-old Derek Anderson.
Graham Gano kicked four field goals for the Panthers, who went 15-1 last year and won the NFC championship before falling to Denver in the...