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 Latest Panthers Player Notes
Apr 24 2018 - Shaq Thompson
  LB Shaq Thompson saw the fifth-year option of his contract picked up by the Carolina Panthers, the team announced Tuesday. Thompson recorded a career-high 61 tackles, two sacks and two forced fumbles during 14 games last season. The 24-year-old Washington product has aided a strong linebacker group that includes Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis, who will serve a four-game suspension for violating the league's policy for performance-enhancing drugs to begin the 2018 season.


Apr 20 2018 - Kent Taylor
  TE Kent Taylor of the Panthers was suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2018 regular season for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances, the league announced. Taylor will be eligible to return to the Panthers' active roster on Monday, Oct. 8. He is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games.Signed by the Panthers as an undrafted free agent out of Texas El Paso last year, Taylor spent the season on Carolina's practice squad.


Apr 6 2018 - Thomas Davis
  LB Thomas Davis of the Carolina Panthers announced Friday on Twitter that he has been suspended by the NFL for violating the league's policy for performance-enhancing drugs. The 35-year-old Thomas, who will have to sit out the first four games of the 2018 season, claimed it was an honest mistake. "This is by far one of the saddest days of my NFL career," Thomas wrote. "I never thought that this would happen to me. I've worked extremely hard to do things the right way on and off the field. Panther Nation please know that I am not a cheater. I was informed that I tested positive for a banned substance. I was completely caught off guard by this. I've never in any way done anything to try to intentionally cheat the game. It's one of those situations where the NFL rules are clear. They state that you are responsible as a player for what you put in your body. I've taken the same supplements for the last seven or eight years and never had any issues. Been tested numerous times over the years while taking the same stuff. And you know, unfortunately, these are some of the things that happen when you take supplements. I've never tested positive for a steroid or HGH. It's not one of those situations. It ended up being an estrogen blocker that triggered a positive test for me."


Apr 6 2018 - Cam Newton
  QB Cam Newton walked away unscathed after his car was hit by a dump truck Thursday afternoon in Atlanta, according to a report by TMZ. Officials from the Atlanta Police Department told the website that neither Newton nor the other driver wanted to fill out an accident report following the collision between the quarterback's Ferrari and the truck. Newton was involved in a much more serious automobile accident in December 2014, when his truck flipped over after it was struck by another vehicle one block from Bank of America Stadium


Mar 26 2018 - Amini Silatolu
  G Amini Silatolu was resigned by the Panthers to a one-year contract, the team announced on Monday. Silatolu was an unrestricted free agent and is entering his sixth season with the Panthers, who made him their second-round pick in 2012. He rejoined Carolina last season after spending all of 2016 with the Chicago Bears, whom he never played for. Last season, Silatolu appeared in 14 games, started the last three games of the regular season at right guard.


Mar 26 2018 - LaDarius Gunter
  CB LaDarius Gunter was re-signed by the Carolina Panthers, the team announced Monday. Gunter became a restricted free agent when the Panthers did not initially tender him a contract. He is returning on a one-year deal. The Panthers claimed Gunter off waivers from the Green Bay Packers in Week 2 of the 2017 season. He appeared in four games, mostly on special teams and was a reserve cornerback in Carolina's loss at New Orleans in the wildcard round.


Mar 23 2018 - Da'Norris Searcy
  S Da'Norris Searcy signed a two-year contract with the Carolina Panthers, the team announced on Friday. Searcy, who played collegiately at North Carolina, was set to make $3.85 million in salary and bonuses next season before being released by the Tennessee Titans. He signed a four-year, $23.75 million contract -- with $7 million guaranteed -- with the Titans in 2015. The 29-year-old Searcy recorded 26 tackles and an interception while playing in all 16 games last season. He was limited to just six starts in 2017 after making 27 in his previous two seasons with the Titans.


Mar 23 2018 - Ross Cockrell
  CB Ross Cockrell was signed by the Carolina Panthers, the team announced on Friday. Cockrell's agents -- Reign Sports Management -- reported his two-year contract was worth $6.8 million. Cockrell, who played collegiately at Duke, joins his third team in as many seasons and fourth in his career after spending 2017 with the New York Giants. He had a career-high three interceptions and team-leading 11 passes defensed to go along with 49 tackles last season.


Mar 23 2018 - Jeremiah Sirles
  G Jeremiah Sirles signed a contract with the Carolina Panthers, the team announced on Friday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed for Sirles, who spent his last three seasons with the Minnesota Vikings after being signed by the then-San Diego Chargers in 2014 out of Nebraska.


Mar 20 2018 - Jarius Wright
  WR Jarius Wright was signed to a three-year contract, the Panthers announced. Financial terms were not disclosed by the Panthers for Wright, who was released by the Minnesota Vikings last week. Wright had 18 catches for 198 yards and two touchdowns in 16 games last season for the Vikings. He added six receptions for 107 yards in two playoff games.


Mar 19 2018 - Jarius Wright
  WR Jarius Wright, who was released by the Minnesota Vikings last week, has agreed to a contract with the Carolina Panthers, multiple media outlets reported. Wright is expected to a sign a two-year deal worth up to $3.5 million in the first season, according to NFL Media. Wright, 28, had 18 catches for 198 and two touchdowns in 16 regular-season games for the Viking last season, and he added six receptions for 107 yards in two playoff games.


Mar 16 2018 - Dontari Poe
  DT Dontari Poe, a two-time Pro Bowl selection, signed a three-year free agent contract with the Carolina Panthers, the team announced. The Charlette Observer reported the deal is worth $27 million, while NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported the contract will pay Poe between $9 million and $10 million per year.


Mar 16 2018 - Dontari Poe
  DT Dontari Poe, a two-time Pro Bowl selection, signed a three-year free agent contract with the Carolina Panthers, the team announced on Friday. The Charlette Observer reported the deal is worth $27 million, while NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported the contract will pay Poe between $9 million and $10 million per year. Poe started all 16 regular-season games for the Atlanta Falcons last season and recorded 39 tackles (23 solo), 10 quarterback hits, 2.5 sacks, four tackles for losses, and two passes defensed.


Mar 16 2018 - Greg Olsen
  TE Greg Olsen reportedly told the Carolina Panthers that he will return next season despite exploring the possibility of becoming a television analyst.


Mar 14 2018 - Torrey Smith
  WR Torrey Smith was acquired by the Carolina Panthers from the Philadelphia Eagles in a trade on Wednesday. The Panthers traded cornerback Daryl Worley to the Eagles in exchange for Smith. Reports of the deal emerged on Friday but could not be announced until after the new league year began Wednesday afternoon. Smith hauled in 36 receptions for 430 yards and two touchdowns with the Eagles in 2017 after signing a three-year, $15 million contract last offseason.


Mar 14 2018 - Julius Peppers
  DE Julius Peppers will be back for a 17th NFL season and is returning to the Carolina Panthers on a one-year contract, the team announced Wednesday. Peppers had been mulling whether to continue playing but opted to return to the team with which he played his first eight NFL seasons. Peppers returned to Carolina last season and was a force while starting five of 16 games, registering 11 sacks and a pair of forced fumbles in 2017. The 6-foot-7, 280-pound Peppers announced last month on social media that he underwent surgery on his right shoulder and said his recovery was progressing well. The No. 2 overall selection in the 2002 NFL Draft, Peppers ranks fourth in league history with 154.5 career sacks.


Mar 9 2018 - Torrey Smith
  DE Torrey Smith was acquired by the Carolina Panthers in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles that sent cornerback Daryl Worley to the Eagles, multiple outlets reported on Friday. The trade cannot become official until the new league year begins on Wednesday. Trading Smith for the Philadelphia native Worley clears over $4 million in cap space for the Eagles, as the latter is still on the rookie deal he signed as a third-round pick of the 2016 NFL Draft. Smith will make a base salary of $5 million while Worley is scheduled to earn $650,000.


Mar 7 2018 - Christian McCaffrey
  RB Christian McCaffrey showed he's quick on his feet during the offseason by helping a man in trouble during a recent hiking trip. While with family and friends in Castle Rock, Colo., McCaffrey witnessed Dan Smoker Sr., 72, fall approximately 20 feet onto a rock while hiking with his 13-year-old grandson, Eli. McCaffrey immediately called 911 and then rushed with his party to help the elder Smoker, who later was determined to have suffered a broken femur, pelvis and neck, nine fractured ribs and had bleeding on the brain. "I credit them with saving my dad's life," Smoker's son, Dan Smoker, told the team's website on Tuesday.


Mar 6 2018 - Graham Gano
  K Graham Gano was signed to a four-year contract, the team announced. Gano earned his first Pro Bowl selection following the 2017 season. He connected on 29 of 30 field-goal attempts to set a franchise record with an NFL-best 96.7 efficiency percentage. He also made 34 of 37 extra-point attempts.


Feb 26 2018 - Charles Johnson
  DE Charles Johnson was released by the Carolina Panthers on Monday. Johnson, 31, battled back problems and a four-game PED suspension last season after signing a two-year $9.5 million extension in March. Despite Johnson's injury and suspension, he is one of the most productive players in team history. His 67.5 career sacks are second in team history behind Julius Peppers.


Feb 26 2018 - Kurt Coleman
  S Kurt Coleman was released by the Carolina Panthers on Monday. Coleman, 29, recorded 76 solo tackles and three passes defensed during 12 games last season in his third campaign for the Panthers. By releasing him, the Panthers can save $5.25 million on their salary cap heading into free agency, which begins March 14.


Feb 24 2018 - Torrey Smith
  WR Torrey Smith wants a chance to help the Philadelphia Eagles repeat as Super Bowl champions if given the opportunity. "I'm expecting to be back, but I know how the business goes," Smith told ESPN on Saturday. "There would never be any hard feelings. How can you be mad at someone who gave you a chance to win a ring."


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."


Feb 6 2018 - Torrey Smith
  Wide receiver Torrey Smith, safety Malcolm Jenkins and defensive end Chris Long reportedly are among a number of players on the Philadelphia Eagles that are planning to boycott any potential congratulatory trip to the White House. Smith took to Twitter to voice his displeasure with Trump."It goes beyond politics....I don't think he is a good person," he wrote.


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 - 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 - 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 - Da'Norris Searcy
  CB Da'Norris Searcy missed Wednesday's practice due to illness.


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,



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