COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina lawmakers take time to honor their sports heroes almost daily, but Thursday's welcome to the Carolina Panthers carried higher stakes: Some legislators are...
Panthers re-sign backup QB Heinicke to 1-year deal
The Panthers have re-signed backup quarterback Taylor Heinicke to a one-year contract to provide depth behind Cam Newton.
Carolina QB Cam Newton has surgery on throwing shoulder
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has opted for surgery to repair his ailing right throwing shoulder.
The team announced Newton had an "arthroscopic procedure" on Thursday and that he will begin the rehabilitation process immediately. There is no timetable listed for when he can begin throwing again.
The Panthers also said the procedure was successfully performed by team physician Pat Connor.
Panthers hire Perry Fewell as new defensive backs coach
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Panthers have hired Perry Fewell as their new secondary coach.
Fewell returns home bringing 34 years of coaching experience, including 21 in the NFL. He most recently served as secondary coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars allowed just 182.2 passing yards per game the last two seasons, the fewest in the NFL.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera expects to return for 2019 season
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Ron Rivera walked into the Panthers locker room wearing a shirt that read, "Wofford is coming."
While several other head coaches around the league were being fired on Monday, Rivera said he expects to be coaching when the Panthers report to training camp next year at Wofford College following meetings with owner David Tepper.
"That's my assumption because of our conversations talking about going forward. We will continue doing that," Rivera said.
QB Heinicke placed on IR; Allen set to start vs. Saints
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Taylor Heinicke's stint as the Panthers starting quarterback was a brief one.
Carolina placed Heinicke on injured reserve Wednesday after he sustained a left elbow injury in his first career NFL start, a 24-10 loss to the Falcons on Sunday. Coach Ron Rivera said undrafted rookie Kyle Allen will start against the Saints this weekend with Carolina already eliminated from playoff contention.
Changes expected for aging Panthers after 7-game skid
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Now that the Panthers have lost seven straight games and have been officially eliminated from playoff contention, the biggest question remaining is who'll be around next season.
Carolina (6-9) is expected to undergo some major changes after a season in which it started 6-2 but then appeared to grow old almost overnight.
Reid’s coach, teammates annoyed at latest random drug test
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — While Eric Reid is "not surprised" he's been drug tested by the NFL six times in the past 11 weeks, his Panthers teammates and coaches are growing increasingly annoyed at the frequency of the league's "random" drug testing policy.
Coach Ron Rivera quipped Thursday at his news conference that "if my name came up that many times I would buy a lottery ticket."
Carolina wide receiver Torrey Smith added, "it's very excessive."
Panthers sitting QB Newton; Heinicke to start vs. Falcons
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Cam Newton is headed to the bench with a sore shoulder.
The Panthers made the decision to shut down the 2015 league MVP for at least one game and possibly the remainder of the season due to a lingering right shoulder problem.
Coach Ron Rivera said Taylor Heinicke will make his first career start when Carolina hosts the Falcons on Sunday. Kyle Allen will be Carolina's backup and Newton will be inactive.
Rivera uncertain if he will shut down ailing QB Cam Newton
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers coach Ron Rivera hasn't ruled out shutting down quarterback Cam Newton for the season because of a sore right throwing shoulder.
Rivera said Tuesday he plans to meet with Newton later in the week and figure out where he is "in terms of his physical state and mental state" before deciding if he will start Sunday against Atlanta.
"It's a tough situation right now," Rivera added. "Until I get a chance to visit with him I'm not going to speculate."
Panthers’ Rivera says his future up to owner David Tepper
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Ron Rivera says he wants to return to coach the Panthers next season. He is just not sure if he'll get that chance.
Carolina is in the midst of a colossal collapse, losing six straight games following a 6-2 start. Rivera addressed questions about his job security Tuesday, saying "I can't tell you. I have been through this (uncertainty) a couple of times during my first two seasons here, but at the end of the day it comes to one person — that's the only one that knows."
Panthers’ Rivera clinging to slim playoff hopes, Saints next
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Ron Rivera is clinging to the slim hope the Panthers can rebound from a five-game losing streak, beat the Saints twice in three weeks and earn a wild card spot in the NFC playoffs.
The coach understands the chances of all of that happening are remote at best.
"There's a chance — five percent," Rivera said Tuesday. "That's what they are giving us, so that's what we will take. ... All you need is a chance."
Newton says he’ll be ready to play vs Browns; coach unsure
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Cam Newton insists he isn't missing a game.
The Panthers quarterback said he'll be ready to play against the Browns on Sunday despite lingering pain in his throwing shoulder. But coach Ron Rivera wasn't quite as certain Wednesday, leaving the door open by saying, "We'll see. We're not even to Friday."
Ron Rivera takes over defensive play-calling for Panthers
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Desperate to shake things up amid a four-game losing streak, Panthers coach Ron Rivera announced Monday he is taking over defensive playing calling duties
In addition to demoting defensive coordinator Eric Washington, the Panthers also fired defensive line coach Brady Hoke and assistant secondary/cornerbacks coach Jeff Imamura. The moves were announced after Rivera met with owner David Tepper and general manager Marty Hurney on Monday morning.
Panthers go for 2 and fail late and lose 20-19 to Lions
DETROIT (AP) — Cam Newton took a shotgun snap and set up in a clean pocket, surveying the field from sideline to sideline. The star quarterback had time and an open receiver in the end zone, giving the Carolina Panthers a chance to convert a go-ahead, 2-point conversion against the Detroit Lions.
Newton, though, wasted the opportunity by sliding to his left and sailing an off-balance throw behind and over Jarius Wright.
Rivera: Anderson’s frustration over role led to release
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers coach Ron Rivera said C.J. Anderson's frustration with his smaller-than-expected role on offense contributed to the team's decision to release the former 1,000-yard rusher midway through the season.
Rivera said he spoke recently to Anderson and could sense the veteran running back's frustration over not being more involved in Carolina's offense.
Rivera tells Panthers to get away from football after loss
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers coach Ron Rivera wants his players to get away from football, just for a little while.
A day after a humiliating 52-21 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Carolina's eighth-year coach said it may just be what the Panthers need.
"Sometimes the best medicine is to forget about it and then come back ready to roll," Rivera said Friday, adding that they should focus on something other than football.
That advice doesn't apply to Rivera and his coaching staff.
WRs Moore, Samuel bring ‘different dimension’ to Panthers
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — D.J. Moore has a running joke with Curtis Samuel before every game about which of the young Panthers receivers is "going to go off" that day.
Recently it's been one or the other with a big game — and sometimes both.
A half-dozen NFL coaches worthy of praise this season
Some fans are shaking their heads in wonderment at the performances of some first-year head coaches who keep on losing. Others are campaigning to get rid of an incumbent.
Yet there's an impressive number of men doing terrific jobs who deserve to be praised as we approach the halfway mark of the NFL schedule.
D.J. Moore latest playmaker to emerge for balanced Panthers
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — It was D.J. Moore's turn to be a young standout for the Carolina Panthers.
The Panthers' first-round draft pick from Maryland had a team-high five receptions for 90 yards and also gained 39 yards on electrifying runs on back-to-back plays, including a 28-yard dash around right end that proved to be Carolina's biggest run of the day, in a dominating 36-21 win against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.
Correction: Panthers-Hurry Up story
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — In a story Oct. 22 about the Carolina Panthers offense, The Associated Press erroneously reported Cam Newton's ranking among active quarterbacks in fourth-quarter comebacks. He is 11th in fourth quarter comebacks among active quarterbacks, not first.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Panthers going to hurry-up offense? Not so fast, says Rivera
Panthers coach Ron Rivera says team will continue to use no-huddle offense — in certain situations
Panthers rookie WR working on ball-protection techniques
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Panthers drafted wide receiver D.J. Moore in the first round this past April because of his ability to make plays after the catch.
But Moore's gift for turning nothing into something got him into trouble last Sunday after fumbling twice — once following a reception and again on a punt return — while fighting for extra yards. The Redskins turned those two turnovers into 10 points and defeated the Panthers 23-17.
Panthers-Eagles Capsule Preview
CAROLINA (3-2) at PHILADELPHIA (3-3)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox
OPENING LINE — Eagles by 4
RECORD VS. SPREAD — Panthers 2-3, Eagles 2-4
SERIES RECORD — Eagles lead 7-4
LAST MEETING — Eagles beat Panthers 28-23, Oct. 17, 2017
LAST WEEK — Panthers lost to Redskins 23-17; Eagles beat Giants 34-13
AP PRO32 RANKING — Panthers No. 12, Eagles No. 10
PANTHERS OFFENSE — OVERALL (22), RUSH (4), PASS (26)
PANTHERS DEFENSE — OVERALL (14T), RUSH (15), PASS (15)
EAGLES OFFENSE — OVERALL (18), RUSH (14), PASS (20)
Rivera says loss to Redskins ‘won’t define’ Panthers season
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers coach Ron Rivera is eager to make sure his players put an ugly loss to the Redskins behind them before packing their bags and heading to Philadelphia to face the defending champion Eagles.
"Learn and grow from it and move on," Rivera said matter-of-factly on Monday.
The Panthers seemed to have all of the momentum on their side entering the game at Washington.
Panthers coach Rivera optimistic Olsen will play vs Redskins
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers coach Ron Rivera is optimistic that three-time Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen will play Sunday against the Redskins after participating in his third straight day of practice.
Olsen is listed as questionable on the injury report, but Rivera says he's looking ready after missing three games with a broken foot. Rivera says Olsen took more reps than normal Friday and "he ran around really well, so we're pretty excited about it."
Panthers ‘leader’ Thomas Davis back after 4-game suspension
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis arrived at work bright and early Monday morning to some unexpected fanfare after serving a four-game suspension for testing positive for PEDs.
Gano’s 63-yard field goal lifts Panthers over Giants 33-31
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Maybe Panthers coach Ron Rivera should allow his special teams to run out of the tunnel more often for pre-game introductions.
Graham Gano connected on all four field goal attempts, including a career-long 63-yarder with 1 second remaining, and Carolina recovered a muffed punt in the end zone for a touchdown to beat the New York Giants 33-31 in a wild game Sunday.
"Piece of cake," Rivera joked after Gano's winning field goal, which tied for the second longest in NFL history.
Olsen returns to practice 4 weeks after re-breaking foot
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers three-time Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen has returned to practice on a limited basis just four weeks after re-breaking his right foot in the team's Sept. 9 regular season opener.
Coach Ron Rivera says Olsen won't play Sunday against the Giants and his status will be reevaluated next week.
The 33-year-old Olsen said Thursday it is "not out of the question" that he could return for Carolina's Oct. 14 game against the Washington Redskins if he continues to progress.
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.
Newton’s 4 TDs lift Panthers over Bengals 31-21
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers coach Ron Rivera wanted a little something more from his offense, which is why he turned to his old boss Norv Turner as the team's new coordinator this season.
Rivera, who once coached under Turner in San Diego, said he got exactly what he was hoping for Sunday.
Bengals join Panthers in wearing “One Carolina” stickers
The Cincinnati Bengals are joining in support of relief efforts for those affected by Hurricane Florence, which has devastated the Carolinas.
The Bengals, like the Panthers, will wear stickers that read "One Carolina" on the back of their helmets for Sunday's game in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The Bengals said on Twitter "we send our well wishes to all who were affected."
Dalton, Bengals look to stay unbeaten against Panthers
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Bengals have their offense revving in high gear.
Cincinnati has put up 34 points in back-to-back games to open the season, although quarterback Andy Dalton said they haven't played a perfect game.
"We left some stuff out there," Dalton said. "We can definitely improve and get better. (But) if we're saying that and scoring 34 points, that's a good thing."
Panthers coach Rivera won’t tolerate ‘lazy’ play on defense
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers coach Ron Rivera is still fuming about his team's performance, saying he won't tolerate laziness on defense following his team's 31-24 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.
Carolina's eighth-year head coach was upset after watching his normally stingy defense allow Matt Ryan and the Falcons to roll up 442 yards on offense Sunday and score on five of their first seven possessions.
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 rookie TE Thomas prepares to replace injured Olsen
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — While the Carolina Panthers opened the regular season with a 16-8 win against the Dallas Cowboys, it did not come without a cost.
Three-time Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen spent the second half watching the game from the sideline on crutches with his right foot in a boot — the same foot he fractured in 2017 causing him to miss nine games. Later in the game, second-team All-Pro right tackle Daryl Williams was carted off with a knee injury and did not return.
Panthers again have to deal with life without Olsen
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Panthers will once again have to figure out the best way to replace the injured Greg Olsen.
McCaffrey expected to play huge role in Carolina offense
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Cam Newton is welcoming the idea of sharing the spotlight in Carolina.
Newton has been the focal point of the Panthers' offense for the past seven seasons, but that's about to change — at least to some degree.
Sure, Newton will still be running the show and remain a dual-threat QB, but coach Ron Rivera has made it clear Christian McCaffrey will play a much larger role this season, saying that it would be "ideal" to get the second-year running back 25 to 30 touches per game.
Panthers’ Peppers practices, should be ready for season
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers practiced on a limited basis for the first time since re-signing with the team earlier this offseason.
The 38-year-old Peppers underwent surgery on his right shoulder in February and has been rehabbing ever since. Panthers coach Ron Rivera said there's no point in playing the 16-year NFL veteran in the preseason, but expects him to be ready for the Sept. 9 regular-season opener against Dallas.
Panthers’ DJ Moore cited for driving 113 mph in work zone
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers coach Ron Rivera says rookie wide receiver D.J. Moore has "chastised" after the first-round draft pick from Maryland was cited for driving approximately 113 mph in a work zone in Interstate 77 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
McCaffrey’s run highlights Panthers’ 27-20 win over Dolphins
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Panthers are looking to find ways to get the ball into Christian McCaffrey's hands as much as possible this season.
It's easy to see why.
The second-year back had 120 yards from scrimmage in the first half, including a 71-yard touchdown run as Carolina defeated the Miami Dolphins 27-20 Friday night in a preseason game.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Panthers have signed offensive lineman Tyler Larsen to a two-year contract extension.
Larsen is now under contract through the 2020 season. Financial terms of the contract were not available Wednesday.
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.
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Norv Turner easily could have opted to keep traveling the world with his wife, writing country music songs and playing with his grandchildren.
At 66, who would have blamed him?
Instead, Turner decided to return for a 33rd season of NFL coaching as offensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers.
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Panthers coach Ron Rivera may have figured out the only way to avoid injuries to key players in training camp.
"Not practice," Rivera said after Wednesday's practice.
The Panthers are less than a week into training camp but have already lost two key players to potential season-ending injuries.
Panthers add 6 assistant coaches, including Brady Hoke
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Panthers announced the addition of six assistant coaches to Ron Rivera's staff, including former Michigan head coach Brady Hoke as the new defensive line coach.
Carolina also promoted Chase Blackburn to special teams coordinator, and hired Steve Russ as linebackers coach, Scott Turner as quarterbacks coach, Heath Farwell as assistant special teams coach and Travelle Wharton as assistant offensive line coach.
NFL, NFLPA determine Panthers followed concussion protocol
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Panthers will not be punished for their handling of Cam Newton's injury during a playoff loss to the New Orleans Saints on Jan. 7.
Panthers’ Turner to let Newton run, may tweak QB’s mechanics
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers offensive coordinator Norv Turner has no plans to restrict Cam Newton's ability to make plays with his feet. As for the quarterback's throwing motion, well that might need a little tweaking.
The 65-year-old Turner said he returned to coaching because of an opportunity to work again with Panthers coach Ron Rivera — who was on his coaching staff for four seasons in San Diego — and to coach the talented group of offensive players led by Newton.
Cardinals hire Panthers D-coordinator Wilks as head coach
PHOENIX (AP) — Steve Wilks is the new head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, and chances are he won't tread meekly into his new job.
"Steve's personality is as an aggressive guy," his ex-boss, Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera, said.
Wilks, 48, spent last season as defensive coordinator of the Panthers after five seasons as the team's secondary coach. He's been an NFL assistant for 12 years.
Panthers name Washington new defensive coordinator
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Panthers wasted little time naming a new defensive coordinator after Steve Wilks left to become head coach of the Arizona Cardinals.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera promoted defensive line coach Eric Washington as Wilks' replacement on Monday, just hours after the hiring of Wilks became official. Rivera said after the season that had a hunch Wilks would get a head coaching job, and was prepared in the event that it happened.