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.
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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...
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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...
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Bills trade Marshall Newhouse to Panthers, sign Sirles
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.
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 without 3 starting offensive linemen vs Falcons
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.
Panthers sign tackle Clark, put Williams on injured reserve
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.
Panthers place LT Kalil on IR; out at least 8 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.
Kalil is 3rd Panthers offensive lineman to injure his knee
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.
Panthers: 2-time All-Pro Kalil to retire after next season
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.
Vikings’ acquisition of Riley Reiff proves valuable
Riley Reiff was the first free agent signing the Vikings made heading into this season. His five-year, $58.8 million deal is the sixth-highest contract for a left tackle in the NFL and his $26.3 million guaranteed is the third-highest mark, showing just how important the Vikings viewed him.
Reiff played five seasons with the Lions before coming to Minnesota. He played primarily at left tackle, but was at right tackle during the 2016 season.
Key lineman active in Panthers-Saints playoff clash
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.
How the Panthers schemed the Vikings into giving up their two longest runs of the season
CHARLOTTE, N.C. The Panthers were facing the NFLs stingiest third-down defense when they walked to the line of scrimmage for their third snap of Sundays 31-24 win over the Vikings at Bank of America Stadium.
That, said defensive tackle Tom Johnson, is a situation we take a lot of pride in stopping.
It was third-and-1 from the Carolina 40-yard line when 325-pound rookie tackle Taylor Morton reported as an eligible receiver and lined up to the right of 330-pound right tackle Daryl Williams.
Can the Vikings finish the toughest portion of their schedule with their ninth straight victory? If they’re able to stop Carolina’s multifaceted run game, they will. They’ve beaten Cam Newton before, and it’s tough to pick against them right now. Prediction: Vikings 17, Panthers 10.
Vikings’ pass rush eyeing big day against familiar foe Matt Kalil, Panthers
Vikings defensive linemen have long awaited Sundays game in Carolina not only for the chance to face Matt Kalil, the talented but often-injured left tackle who chose to sign with the Panthers this spring over an offer to return to the Vikings, but because former MVP quarterback Cam Newton gives them those precious extra seconds needed to take him down.
This is the one weve wanted, said one Vikings defensive lineman. Cam pats that ball.
Panthers’ Kalil facing underage alcohol charge at restaurant
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.
Ex-Viking Kalil charged after his Twin Cities pizza place allegedly sells beer to minor
Matt Kalil, a former Minnesota Viking now playing for the Carolina Panthers, is being held criminally responsible for a teenager being served alcohol at a Twin Cities pizza restaurant he owns.
Kalil was charged Monday in Hennepin County District Court with selling alcohol to a minor at Pieology Pizza in Maple Grove, even though he was not present. He’s been summoned to appear in court Dec. 15 for arraignment.
Texans’ Gilchrist fined $24K for helmet hit on Chiefs’ Kelce
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.
Panthers LT Kalil still learning, getting comfortable
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.
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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.
The Way We Hear It: Do Houston Texans or holdout LT Duane Brown hold the upper hand?
Veteran holdouts in the National Football League are often much ado about nothing. According to our sources in Houston, the current standoff between the Texans and left tackle Duane Brown isn’t one of those.
Brown wants more money, and so far, the Texans haven’t budged. There is a case to be made for either side.
Brown is in the fifth year of a six-year, $53.4 million deal that could pay him $9.4 million this year and $9.75 million next year, but none of it is guaranteed.
Hub Arkush: Chicago Bears say goodbye to Cutler, Jeffery; welcome underwhelming names
As NFL free agency opening acts go, Thursday’s was a real “No, they didn’t?”
The Houston Texans' swap with the Cleveland Browns shipping Brock Osweiler out of town was an NBA salary dump deal and I’ve never seen anything quite like it in the NFL.
The New England Patriots just don’t buy talent the way they rushed to the bank for Stephon Gilmore.
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.
AP Source: Panthers add another Kalil to offensive line
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Panthers have found someone new to protect Cam Newton's blindside.
Vikings rule LG Boone, LB Kendricks out vs. Lions
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's struggling offensive line has been handed another setback, with an upcoming absence for left guard Alex Boone.
Sloppy Vikings can’t overcome mistakes, lose 21-10 to Eagles
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."
Vikings sign veteran tackle Jake Long for ailing line
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.
Vikings RT Andre Smith to have triceps surgery, go on IR
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.
ICYMI in NFL’s Week 5: Vikings lone unbeaten, minus QB, RB
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.
Panthers RB Artis-Payne expected to start with Stewart out
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.
Vikings put Peterson on IR; Kalil has labral surgery on hip
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.
Vikings DT Sharrif Floyd has surgery on 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.
1. Who will start on the offensive line?
The wide-open competition along the line figures to be the most heated of the summer. Matt Kalil and Alex Boone are penciled in as starters on the left side. But there is uncertainty at center, right guard and right tackle. John Sullivan, who has returned to the field after two back surgeries in 2015, will try to reclaim the center job from Joe Berger. Brandon Fusco and Mike Harris will compete at right guard. And Andre Smith is the...