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.
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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.
Allen thrives until injury, Panthers beat Brees-less Saints
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Panthers undrafted rookie Kyle Allen turned in a promising first NFL start — until he hurt his shoulder.
Whether the New Orleans defense that Allen victimized was entirely dialed in is another matter.
Allen passed for 228 yards and two touchdowns before his injury in the fourth quarter, and Carolina cruised to a 33-14 victory over a Saints squad looking ahead to the playoffs.
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.
Panthers QB Heinicke out to prove he’s no joke vs. Falcons
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — It wasn't long after Taylor Heinicke was named the Panthers' starting quarterback for Sunday's game against the Falcons that the jokes began rolling in.
Panthers center Ryan Kalil laughed that he might have to bring down his shotgun snaps so they don't go flying over the 6-foot QB's head. Running back Christian McCaffrey teased that he's glad he won't look so small in the backfield anymore now that Heinicke has taken over for the 6-foot-5, 245-pound Cam Newton.
Linebacker Shaq Thompson the latest Panther to go on IR
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Panthers placed outside linebacker Shaq Thompson on injured reserve with a shoulder injury.
The team signed undrafted rookie quarterback Kyle Allen to the active roster from the practice squad on Thursday. Allen will serve as Carolina's backup to Taylor Heinicke on Sunday when the Panthers host the Falcons in what is essentially a meaningless game. Cam Newton will be inactive with a shoulder injury.
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.
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."
Panthers choose Heinicke over Gilbert as No. 2 QB
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Panthers decided to go with Taylor Heinicke as their backup quarterback behind starter Cam Newton. Carolina waived last year's third-string QB Garrett Gilbert as part of final cuts Saturday.
Carolina waived defensive end Deashon Hall, a fourth-round draft pick in 2017. He never played a down for the team.
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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.
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.
Quavo jokes about tryout with Texans after Heinicke plays
HOUSTON (AP) — Quavo of the Grammy-nominated rap group Migos had some fun on social media this week after it was pointed out that he once held a high school football record that Houston Texans backup quarterback Taylor Heinicke eventually broke.
Hoyer has stellar half for 49ers, before 32-31 Vikings rally
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Brian Hoyer had the San Francisco offense humming after sputtering through the first two preseason games, passing for 176 yards and two touchdowns in the first half before the Minnesota Vikings rallied for a 32-31 victory over the 49ers on Sunday night.
Zimmer says Vikings prefer to keep 3 QBs on active roster
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — As long as Sam Bradford stays healthy this season, the Minnesota Vikings won't be worried about their quarterback situation.
There's a lot of uncertainty behind Bradford on the depth chart, though.
Teddy Bridgewater remains immersed in his rehabilitation program, of course, trying to push his knee back into playing shape. He's on the physically unable to perform list, where he'll likely start the regular season.
Vikings keep struggling Walsh after working out kickers
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have held off on switching kickers for now, with the struggling Blair Walsh still in place.
After holding tryouts for several free agents, the Vikings didn't put any signings on the league's transaction log on Tuesday. NFL Network reported the Vikings will keep Walsh after working out six kickers including Randy Bullock and Kai Forbath.
Vikings cut draft picks Beavers, Bohringer, Weatherly
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have let go of three of their eight draft picks, waiving guard Willie Beavers, wide receiver Moritz Bohringer and defensive end Stephen Weatherly in the process of setting the roster for the regular season.
Vikings coach has ‘no concern’ about Bridgewater’s injury
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer says he has "no concern" about quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, after holding him out of the second preseason game as an injury precaution.
Zimmer said Saturday that Bridgewater could have played Thursday at Seattle, but the coach decided to keep him out. Zimmer refused to characterize Bridgewater's condition, but ESPN.com reported Bridgewater has a sore shoulder.