HOUSTON TEXANS (11-6)
New faces: OTs Tytus Howard and Max Scharping, LT Matt Kalil, S Tashaun Gipson, CBs Briean Boddy-Calhoun, Bradley Roby and Lonnie Johnson, Jr., QB AJ McCarron, TE...
HOUSTON TEXANS (11-6)
OPEN CAMP: July 25, Houston.
LAST YEAR: Used nine-game winning streak to dig out of early hole and become first team since 1998 to reach playoffs after 0-3 start...
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — After focusing on upgrading the team's overall speed the past few NFL drafts, don't be surprised if the Carolina Panthers look to add bulk up front this year.
16. CAROLINA (7-9)
LAST SEASON: Panthers struggled last season on both sides of ball as defense got old and Cam Newton's shoulder issues limited their downfield passing game. Number of...
23. HOUSTON TEXANS (11-6)
LAST SEASON: Used nine-game winning streak to dig out of early hole and become first team since 1998 to reach playoffs after 0-3 start before falling to Colts in...
CAROLINA PANTHERS (7-9)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: S Mike Adams, RB Cameron Artis-Payne, RB Kenjon Barner, RB Travaris Cadet, K Chandler Catanzaro, OT Chris Clark, LB Thomas Davis, WR Devin...
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Carolina Panthers have addressed their injury-depleted offensive line by acquiring veteran Marshall Newhouse in a trade with the Buffalo Bills.
Buffalo acquired a conditional draft pick from Carolina in the trade on Tuesday. The Bills then filled Newhouse's spot by signing offensive lineman Jeremiah Sirles to a one-year contract.
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).
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Panthers will be without three starting offensive linemen when they visit the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera has ruled out three-time Pro Bowl right guard Trai Turner this week because of a concussion. The team previously placed left tackle Matt Kalil and right Daryl Williams on injured reserve with knee injuries.
Rivera would not say Friday who'll start this week at any of the three vacant positions.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — With injuries piling up on the offensive line, the Panthers have signed veteran free agent offensive tackle Chris Clark.
Carolina officially placed starting right tackle Daryl Williams on injured reserve Wednesday with a knee injury. The move means both starting offensive tackles are now on IR. Carolina placed left tackle Matt Kalil on IR before the season opener against Dallas with a knee injury.
Williams and Kalil will each miss a minimum of eight games.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Panthers placed Matt Kalil on injured reserve Sunday because of a knee injury, meaning the team's starting left tackle will miss at least eight games.
Kalil hasn't played since undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery on Aug. 21. Taylor Moton is expected to start at left tackle on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Carolina Panthers left tackle Matt Kalil has undergone arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and will be re-evaluated on a weekly basis.
The team said Kalil traveled to Florida on Monday for a second opinion on his knee from Dr. James Andrews and the decision was made to have the procedure.
Kalil becomes Carolina's third starting offensive lineman — and the second tackle — to go down with a knee injury.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Panthers say two-time All-Pro center Ryan Kalil plans to retire after the 2018 season when his contract expires.
Panthers spokesman Steven Drummond confirmed the news on Tuesday.
Kalil becomes the second long-time Panthers player to announce he is retiring after next season. Outside linebacker Thomas Davis told NFL.com earlier this month the 2018 season will be his last.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers each are getting starting offensive linemen back for their early round playoff matchup.
Saints left tackle Terron Armstead and Carolina guard Trai Turner each had been listed as questionable for Sunday's NFC wild-card game after both were unable to play in their teams' regular-season finales a week earlier.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Carolina Panthers offensive lineman Matt Kalil is facing criminal charges of selling alcohol to a minor at his Minnesota pizza restaurant, even though he wasn't present when the transaction occurred.
NEW YORK (AP) — Houston Texans safety Marcus Gilchrist has been fined $24,309 by the NFL for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce last Sunday night.
Gilchrist was penalized for unnecessary roughness in the second quarter of the Chiefs' 42-34 victory when his helmet made contact with Kelce's helmet while trying to tackle the tight end following a 26-yard catch. Kelce was forced out of the game with a concussion.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers coach Ron Rivera said there's a learning curve for all players coming in from a different team, including offensive linemen.
Carolina left tackle Matt Kalil can attest to that.
CAROLINA PANTHERS (6-10)
New faces: DE Julius Peppers, CB Captain Munnerlyn, S Mike Adams, LT Matt Kalil, RB Christian McCaffrey, WR Russell Shepard, WR Curtis Samuel, LT Matt Kalil.
Key losses: FB Mike Tolbert, LT Michael Oher, RT Mike Remmers, WR Ted Ginn Jr., WR Philly Brown, LB A.J. Klein, S Tre Boston, DE Kony Ealy.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings forged into free agency with the offensive line as a primary focus.
Bringing in more blockers will be a priority all the way through the draft.
After letting left tackle Matt Kalil leave for Carolina on a whopping five-year contract worth as much as $55.5 million including $25 million guaranteed, the Vikings according to multiple reports reached an agreement on a deal for his replacement, Riley Reiff.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Panthers have found someone new to protect Cam Newton's blindside.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's struggling offensive line has been handed another setback, with an upcoming absence for left guard Alex Boone.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The offensive line couldn't block, Sam Bradford couldn't protect the football and the defense couldn't bail them out.
A sloppy, mistake-prone offense and a special teams breakdown left the Minnesota Vikings unbeaten no more and had coach Mike Zimmer fuming despite his team's 5-1 record.
"Embarrassing is the word, at least in two of the three phases," Zimmer said after the Eagles beat the Vikings 21-10 Sunday. "I'm very disappointed."
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Jake Long was just waiting for that call from an NFL team, confident his right knee was healthy again and thus frustrated to be out of action.
The Minnesota Vikings, with both a former coach and quarterback of Long's as a bonus, finally checked in on the other end of the line.
"I know the type of player that I am, and I've still got a lot of football left," Long said Tuesday after his first practice with the team, taking most of his turns at left tackle.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have lost another starting offensive lineman, with right tackle Andre Smith scheduled for surgery on his triceps muscle.
Coach Mike Zimmer said that Smith will have the procedure performed Tuesday on his right arm and be placed on injured reserve, likely ending his season.
The NFL is down to one unbeaten team and, just as everyone expected after Adrian Peterson and Teddy Bridgewater were injured, it's the Minnesota Vikings.
Seriously? Yes, somehow, despite losing the 2012 MVP for at least several weeks and a starting quarterback for the entire season, not to mention putting their best offensive lineman (Matt Kalil) on injured reserve and missing their best receiver (Stefon Diggs) this week, Minnesota is 5-0 as it heads into its bye.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Cameron Artis-Payne is expected to start at running back for the Carolina Panthers against the Minnesota Vikings because Jonathan Stewart is sidelined with a hamstring injury.
Coach Ron Rivera said Friday Artis-Payne would start unless the Panthers opened the game in a special formation that includes Fozzy Whittaker. Artis-Payne and Whittaker will split carries.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Adrian Peterson was placed on injured reserve Friday by the Minnesota Vikings, another sign that his time with the team could be over following surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Thursday, leaving his availability in question for the immediate future.
Coach Mike Zimmer says Floyd had a "cleanup" procedure to address a cartilage issue in his knee that had been causing some discomfort. Floyd missed four games last season after having a similar procedure on his left knee.