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 Latest Panthers Player Notes
Feb 16 2018 - Cam Newton
  QB Cam Newton does not need to change his style on the football field, Carolina Panthers new quarterbacks coach Scott Turner said. That in itself is news, since the Panthers have been vocal in recent years about protecting Newton by limiting the pounding he takes with fewer designed runs. Turner, who was a quality control coach in Carolina during Newton's rookie season, told the team's website that he knows the 2015 NFL MVP is going to use his 6-foot-5, 245-pound frame to his advantage. "What he has done has really refined his game, really become a pro, but he's going to play his way," Turner said. "He's going to run -- that's what makes him the dynamic player he is -- but also making the throws in the pocket, going through his reads. All of those things come from experience, and he's played seven seasons now."

Feb 13 2018 - Luke Kuechly
  LB Luke Kuechly underwent shoulder surgery after the season ended, according to several published reports, and is recovering from the procedure, The Charlotte Observer reported Monday. Kuechly recently underwent the procedure on his right shoulder, according to sources. He missed the Pro Bowl in late January because of an unspecified injury. The Ohio native was in Minneapolis earlier this month during Super Bowl week to receive the Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award after playing in 15 of 16 regular-season games for the Panthers in 2017.

Feb 8 2018 - Julius Peppers
  DE Julius Peppers underwent surgery on his right shoulder, the team announced Thursday. Peppers, 38, who is scheduled to become a free agent in March and is undecided if he will continue playing, gave an update on his condition on his Instagram account. The 16-year veteran posted two videos following the procedure and expressed his thanks for "the calls, texts and visits. Everything went smooth and I'm recovering well."

Jan 30 2018 - Ryan Kalil
  C Ryan Kalil plans to retire at the conclusion of the 2018 season. "This is going to be the last one for me," Kalil said on Tuesday in a phone interview with the Charlotte Kalil, who will turn 33 in March, has missed 18 games over the last two seasons while being plagued by neck and shoulder injuries.

Jan 12 2018 - Thomas Davis
  LB Thomas Davis can see the handwriting on the wall regarding his reduced role, and as a result he reportedly said the 2018 season will be his last in the NFL. Davis told Brooke Cersosimo of NFL Media he will step away from the game after the 2018 season. Davis, who turns 35 in March, was named to the Pro Bowl in 2015 and 2016, and was a first-team All-Pro selection in 2015. He was named the Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2014 for his off-field work.

Jan 10 2018 - Christian McCaffrey
  RB Christian McCaffrey will play a bigger role for the Panthers going forward, coach Ron Rivera said. "We have a back in Christian that has that type of ability and you do want to get him the ball in space," Rivera said.

Jan 10 2018 - Ed Dickson
  TE Ed Dickson came through in huge ways after the broken foot suffered by Greg Olsen, who missed about two months of the season. Dickson provided some huge production at times.

Jan 10 2018 - Ryan Kalil
  C Ryan Kalil missed large chunks of the season because of an injury.

Jan 10 2018 - Matt Kalil
  LT Matt Kalil. He was supposed to be the final piece to the puzzle along the offensive front, but he ended up having trouble putting it all together.

Jan 10 2018 - Luke Kuechly
  LB Luke Kuechly showed his All-Pro form again this season for the Panthers.

Jan 10 2018 - Graham Gano
  K Graham Gano produced his best season with the Panthers.

Jan 10 2018 - Julius Peppers
  DE Julius Peppers, who began his career with the Panthers organization and was brought back this season, proved to be an ideal fit.

Jan 10 2018 - Cam Newton
  QB Cam Newton will look for a healthy offseason and certainly be in need of a replenished receiving corps. He was working back from spring shoulder surgery throughout training camp and into the early portion of the season. Having him in the groove from the get-go will be beneficial looking ahead to 2018. Newton started all 17 games and excelled at times.

Jan 8 2018 - Julius Peppers
  DE Julius Peppers will need some time before making an official decision on whether he will continue his playing career. "I'll talk to my family," the 37-year-old Peppers said after playing in his 18th career postseason game -- a game that saw New Orleans beat Carolina and end the Panthers' season. Peppers' 154.5 career sacks rank fourth in NFL history and he has recorded more than 10 sacks in 10 different seasons, and had a career-high 14.5 in 2008 for the Panthers.

Jan 8 2018 - Jonathan Stewart
  RB Jonathan Stewart had a decent bounce-back outing, rushing for a team-best 51 yards on 11 carries.

Jan 8 2018 - Graham Gano
  K Graham Gano had the longest field goal in franchise history when he hit a 58-yarder to end the first half. It tied for the longest field goal in NFL playoff history. Pete Stoyanovich of Miami hit a 58-yarder against Kansas City in 1980.

Jan 8 2018 - Kevon Seymour
  CB Kevon Seymour missed the playoff game after he became ill. He was placed on the inactive list for the game.

Jan 8 2018 - Charles Johnson
  DE Charles Johnson was inactive for the playoff game, one game after returning from a four-game NFL suspension. This could signal the end of his time with the team.

Jan 8 2018 - Julius Peppers
  DE Julius Peppers played in his 18th career postseason game. That's tied for fifth-most among active players in the NFL. Now the question facing Peppers is if he will return for a 17th NFL season. "I'll talk to my family," Peppers said.

Jan 8 2018 - Cam Newton
  QB Cam Newton passed for a playoff franchise-record 349 yards at New Orleans. He had the previous mark of 335 yards two years earlier against Arizona.

Jan 8 2018 - Christian McCaffrey
  RB Christian McCaffrey broke free over the middle for a 56-yard catch-and-run that drew Carolina within 31-26 with 4:09 left.

Jan 8 2018 - Graham Gano
  PK Graham Gano made four field goals in the playoff loss to the Saints -- 27, 39, 58, and 29 yards. "Probably the one thing that always holds true is that you just can't kick field goals," Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. "We kicked four today, and you just can't do that. When you do that, you put yourself in a very scary position."

Jan 8 2018 - Cam Newton
  QB Cam Newton's exit from the field and return to Sunday's NFC wild-card game after taking a hard hit in the fourth quarter raised questions about whether the Carolina Panthers followed the NFL's concussion protocol. "We are in contact now with the Panthers' medical staff and we will not comment further until those conversations are completed," the NFL said in a statement Sunday night. Newton slowly got to his feet after he was tackled by New Orleans defensive lineman David Onyemata with 8:26 left in the Panthers' 21-16 loss. After getting to his feet, Newton made his way toward the sideline but then took a knee before getting off the field. The Panthers' medical staff evaluated Newton in the blue injury tent on the sideline and determined that he did not show signs of a concussion. Newton returned for the next offensive series after missing just one play and threw a 56-yard touchdown pass to rookie Christian McCaffery. Newton played valiantly in defeat, taking a tough hit in the fourth quarter, but responding by completing 24-of-40 passes for 349 yards and two scores.

Jan 6 2018 - Trai Turner
  RG Trai Turner has cleared concussion protocol is likely to play Sunday when the Panthers play at the New Orleans Saints, according to multiple reports. Turner has missed three games since suffering the head injury in Week 14. Head coach Ron Rivera said Friday that Turner fully participated in practice this week.

Jan 3 2018 - Graham Gano
  K Graham Gano broke his franchise record by one for most touchbacks in a season with 70. The Panthers will be counting on more of those with the indoor conditions in New Orleans.

Jan 3 2018 - Trai Turner
  G Trai Turner missed two games because of a concussion, but his work has increased and that makes it possible that he could be on the field for the playoff game.

Jan 3 2018 - Kurt Coleman
  S Kurt Coleman insists he will be ready to play in New Orleans after missing the regular-season finale with an ankle injury.

Jan 1 2018 - Devin Funchess
  WR WR Devin Funchess had a short touchdown catch that allowed the Panthers to tie the game in the first half and a 44-yard reception for the game's biggest play from scrimmage,

Jan 1 2018 - Cam Newton
  QB Cam Newton's 14-for-34 passing performance with three interceptions came in perhaps his worst career performance. Newton did rush for a team-best 59 yards. That gave him a career-high 754 rushing yards this season, 13 more yards on the ground than he gained in 2012. Newton joined retired Michael Vick as the only quarterbacks in NFL history with three seasons of more than 700 yards rushing.

Jan 1 2018 - Thomas Davis
  LB Thomas Davis had an active game in Atlanta after serving his one-game NFL suspension for a vicious hit in a Dec. 16 victory against Green Bay.

Jan 1 2018 - Graham Gano
  K Graham Gano set a team record by making 96.7 percent of his field-goal attempts (29-for-30). That was the best rate in the NFL this season.

Jan 1 2018 - Kurt Coleman
  S Kurt Coleman is expected back for full work this week in practice, head coach Ron Rivera said Monday, after missing Sunday's game with an ankle injury.

Jan 1 2018 - Jonathan Stewart
  RB Jonathan Stewart was inactive for the Atlanta game after what was described as a stiff back during pregame.

Jan 1 2018 - Chris Manhertz
  TE Chris Manhertz (ankle) was lost in the third quarter Sunday.

Jan 1 2018 - Vernon Butler
  DT Vernon Butler (shoulder) left the game in the second quarter Sunday.

Jan 1 2018 - Jonathan Stewart
  RB Jonathan Stewart (back tightness) didn't play Sunday even though he wasn't previously on the injury report.

Jan 1 2018 - Kurt Coleman
  FS Kurt Coleman (ankle) had been listed as questionable, but he didn't play Sunday.

Jan 1 2018 - Trai Turner
  RG Trai Turner (concussion) was ruled out of his third consecutive game Friday.

Jan 1 2018 - Cam Newton
  QB Cam Newton fell to 2-5 against the Falcons in his hometown of Atlanta as he misfired on his first nine passes and finished 14 of 34 with three interceptions. His passer rating was a dismal 31.5. "We put ourselves behind the eight-ball early and it went from there," Newton said. "We'll have to be better next week." Newton did run for 59 yards on 11 carries, but he was sacked twice and the Panthers couldn't come close to matching their offensive output in a 20-17 home victory over the Falcons on Nov. 7.

Dec 27 2017 - Damiere Byrd
  WR Damiere Byrd won't play again this season because of a lower-leg injury suffered against Tampa Bay. His efforts earlier in that game with a 103-yard kickoff return for a touchdown earned him the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week honor. The Panthers had not had a player receive that distinction since 2011.

Dec 27 2017 - Trai Turner
  G Trai Turner is making progress in the concussion protocol, so the Panthers are hopeful he'll be available at Atlanta, head coach Ron Rivera said. He has returned to practice activities.

Dec 27 2017 - Russell Shepard
  WR Russell Shepard is expected back after missing the Tampa Bay game because of a shoulder injury.

Dec 27 2017 - Thomas Davis
  LB Thomas Davis missed last week's game with a suspension for a vicious hit in the Green Bay game. The NFL handed him a two-game suspension before that was reduced to one game.

Dec 27 2017 - Charles Johnson
  DE Charles Johnson has been out for four games because of a violation of the league's PED policy, but will be back this week. "I'm looking forward to seeing him," head coach Ron Rivera said. "He has had a little bit of a break."

Dec 26 2017 - Damiere Byrd
  WR Damiere Byrd's returned a kickoff for a franchise-record 103 yards and a touchdown.

Dec 26 2017 - Christian McCaffrey
  RB Christian McCaffrey gained only 39 yards on nine carries.

Dec 26 2017 - Cam Newton
  QB QB Cam Newton was 16-for-25 for 160 yards, including 4-for-7 for 52 yards on the game-winning drive.

Dec 26 2017 - Charles Johnson
  DE Charles Johnson comes back from an NFL suspension and should be part of full practices this week leading to the regular-season finale.

Dec 26 2017 - Shaq Thompson
  LB Shaq Thompson returned after a two-game absence with a foot injury and played against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was credited with five tackles.

Dec 26 2017 - Damiere Byrd
  WR Damiere Byrd is lost for the season with a lower leg injury suffered against Tampa Bay early in the second half. He will go on injured reserve, coach Ron Rivera said Tuesday. In the second quarter Sunday, he posted a franchise-record 103-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. He also had the Panthers' longest play from scrimmage in the game on a 31-yard pass play.

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