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 Latest Panthers Player Notes
Jul 18 2017 - Michael Oher
  T Michael Oher didn't take too kindly to those who reveled in Monday's firing of Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman. Oher voiced his view on Instagram Tuesday, saying he "hated to hear" the decision and that Gettleman was someone "who really cares about you as a person not just a player." Oher's support came one day removed from several former Panthers -- including wide receiver Steve Smith, running back DeAngelo Williams and cornerback Josh Norman -- taking shots over social media that Gettleman had been fired. Oher, 31, addressed the comments to conclude his own Tuesday. "For the people who were happy and had something to do with it downstairs, Karma's a (expletive)," Oher wrote.


Jun 26 2017 - Cam Newton
  QB Cam Newton is throwing again for the first time since undergoing offseason surgery to repair a partially torn rotator cuff in his right throwing shoulder. The Panthers posted a video on the team website to document an update on Newton's recovery. He threw 45 passes to head trainer Ryan Vermillion in the locker room in sets of 15 throws. "Obviously, it's still not 100 percent, but seeing the ball come out of my hand in a throwing motion was good," Newton told the website. "When I say it's not 100 percent, I'm noting the range-of-motion part. Like if you sleep with your legs hanging off your bed the whole night, you're going to wake up and be super stiff. Or like sitting on your hands, or sitting in an awkward position and finally getting up and moving -- that's how I feel."


Jun 14 2017 - Thomas Davis
  LB Thomas Davis engaged in trash talk with QB Cam Newton, who isn't throwing this week as part of his rehabilitation from offseason shoulder surgery. "We do a good job of keeping it healthy trash talk, healthy competition," Davis said. Davis said the spirited practice session is part of what will propel the Panthers in training camp and beyond. "I feel like it makes us a better team," he said.


Jun 14 2017 - Corn Elder
  CB Corn Elder had been sidelined through OTAs, but the rookie out of Miami was on the field for the second day of minicamp. He basically announced his presence with a few athletic plays in the secondary.


Jun 14 2017 - James Bradberry
  CB James Bradberry, who suffered a fracture in his left wrist nine days earlier during an OTA session, had a deflection and an interception during the team portion of Wednesday's workout. Bradberry said he cradled the ball with his left hand to complete the interception, but that it should count as a one-handed grab. "I didn't even care that I had a cast on," Bradberry said. While it was expected that Bradberry would be fully ready for training camp, his activity this week could be considered a bonus. He said the cast could come off later this week, a development that would be a month sooner than originally expected. "Hopefully get my strength back in my arm, keep that mobility in my wrist," he said. Bradberry, as a 2016 rookie, led the Panthers in pass breakups with 11.


Jun 5 2017 - Ben Boulware
  LB Ben Boulware is hard to miss with the bushy beard and the high amount of energy. He also comes with a certain amount of clout after being a key member of Clemson's national championship team. He has kind of embraced the underdog role as an undrafted players, so he seems to relish the chance to make an impact. He has fallen into the category that Rivera said "we're going to keep an eye on."


Jun 5 2017 - Graham Gano
  K Graham Gano has been entrenched in the role but faces competition from Harrison Butker, a rookie drafted out of Georgia Tech. While the spring work has been easy to scrutinize when reporters are permitted to observe, coach Ron Rivera said there will be plenty of time for the competition to play out. "Once we get to training camp, we think we'll get a really good sense of how (Gano) is handling it," Rivera said. "Graham is a very confident guy. He has the right kind of demeanor."


Jun 5 2017 - Brenton Bersin
  WR Brenton Bersin underwent surgery on his left ankle last week, meaning the reserve won't be available for June's minicamp. He has been a part-time player, appearing in 10 games last year. He has often been on the inactive list for game days.


Jun 5 2017 - Matt Kalil
  OT Matt Kalil is being counted on to pick up the slack on the line. Coach Ron Rivera said much of the quest now is to get newcomer Kalil in tune with the system. "You look at his tape, you see the athleticism and the type of ability he has," Rivera said. "We feel we can clean up some of the things he does and get him acclimated to how we do it."


Jun 5 2017 - Cam Newton
  QB Cam Newton is on pace with his rehabilitation following shoulder surgery. It's expected that he'll throw, though perhaps off on the side, during minicamp, coach Ron Rivera said.


Jun 5 2017 - Christian McCaffrey
  RB Christian McCaffrey, the first-round draft pick this spring, isn't permitted to take part in the workouts until Stanford's classes are complete, so he should join the on-field sessions during minicamp. In the meantime, he was in Charlotte taking care of personal items such as living arrangements and had a chance to see some of his teammates.


Jun 5 2017 - James Bradberry
  CB James Bradberry suffered a fracture in his left wrist during Monday's workout, with the initial report being that the recovery will take six weeks. That should make him available by the start of training camp. It came on a play when he landed hard following contact with linebacker Luke Kuechly as they pursued a pass. Rivera's early assessment was that Bradberry suffered a jammed or sprained wrist before the team's report later.


Jun 5 2017 - Cam Newton
  QB Cam Newton will start throwing next week during the Panthers' three-day minicamp for the first time since undergoing shoulder surgery. Coach Ron Rivera said Newton is ahead of schedule on rehabbing from shoulder surgery in March. "He is ahead of schedule," Rivera told reporters following Monday's voluntary workout. "We're not putting him ahead of schedule. He's doing all the band-work, all the stretching, all the rehab he's supposed to." Newton underwent surgery on March 30 to repair a partially torn rotator cuff that was expected to require a four-month rehab process.


May 5 2017 - Harrison Butker
  K Harrison Butker, a seventh-round draft pick, signed his four-year rookie contract with the Panthers. Georgia Tech's Butker is the first kicker drafted by Carolina in franchise history. He comes to Carolina after finishing his career as the all-time leading scorer for Georgia Tech, tallying 337 career points with 208 career extra-point kicks. He ranked 13th among FBS schools last season with a field-goal percentage of 88.2.


May 5 2017 - Corn Elder
  CB Corn Elder, a fifth-round draft pick, signed his four-year rookie contract with the Panthers. Elder, who played at Miami (Fla.), was an All-ACC first-team performer in 2016, tying for third on the team with 76 tackles. He also had 4.5 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks with one interception, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in 2016.


May 5 2017 - Daeshon Hall
  DE Daeshon Hall, a third-round draft pick, signed his four-year rookie contract with the Panthers. Carolina moved up 21 spots in the third round to pick Hall. Last year, he had 13 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks for Texas A&M. Hall also led the Aggies with 12 quarterback hurries.


May 5 2017 - Curtis Samuel
  WR Curtis Samuel, a second-round draft pick, signed his four-year rookie contract with the Panthers. Samuel, from Ohio State, was a first-team All-American last year, and was the only player in the FBS to top 700 yards rushing and receiving, scoring 15 total touchdowns. He finished his career as the only player in Ohio State history with at least 1,000 rushing and receiving yards (1,286 rushing, 1,249 receiving).


May 2 2017 - Kelvin Benjamin
  WR Kelvin Benjamin had his fifth-year option picked up by the Carolina Panthers on Tuesday. Benjamin's option for 2018 is worth $8.459 million. Benjamin started 13 of 16 games in 2016 and had 63 receptions for 941 yards and a team-leading seven touchdown catches.


Apr 17 2017 - Kawann Short
  DT Kawann Short signed a five-year contract with the Carolina Panthers worth $80 million. The Panthers kept Short from free agency with the non-exclusive franchise tag on Feb. 27, but coach Ron Rivera called him one of the team's most important players and "too valuable to lose." Short, second-round pick in 2013 out of Purdue, has 22 career sacks.


Mar 31 2017 - Jonathan Stewart
  RB Jonathan Stewart had a year added onto his contract last week. While the Panthers hope he will play through at least the 2018 season, but that doesn't mean guys like Leonard Fournette or Christian McCaffrey are now lower on Carolina's draft board. When Gettleman was asked if that would make him less tempted to take a running back with his eighth pick of next month's draft, he said, "Not necessarily."


Mar 31 2017 - Michael Oher
  T Michael Oher is still in the NFL concussion protocol. But the Carolina Panthers are still hoping he can return to play right tackle in 2017. According to general manager Dave Gettleman, Oher "has been working his fanny off" this offseason. "He's doing NFL workouts. He's fully engaged in that weight room sweating his butt off," Gettleman said. "He looks great, he sounds great."


Mar 30 2017 - Cam Newton
  QB Cam Newton underwent successful surgery to repair a partially torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder on Thursday. Newton won't be cleared to throw a football for at least 12 weeks and will be unable to throw during team drills for at least 16 weeks, according to the rehabilitation plan disclosed by the Panthers. "Dr. (Pat) Connor was pleased with the results of the surgery and Cam is at home resting," Panthers trainer Ryan Vermillion said on the team's website. "He will begin his rehab program Monday."


Mar 24 2017 - Jonathan Stewart
  RB Jonathan Stewart signed a one-year contract extension with the Panthers through the 2018 season. Stewart, who turned 30 on Tuesday, was set to count $8.5 million against the salary cap in 2017, but the new deal reportedly will spread the money out to save cap space. He started 13 games last season and led the Panthers with 824 rushing yards and nine touchdowns on 218 carries.


Mar 21 2017 - Damiere Byrd
  WR Damiere Byrd will undergo surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee on Thursday. He told the team he sustained the injury while working out on his own. Panthers head team physician Pat Connor will perform the procedure at Carolinas Medial Center.


Mar 21 2017 - Charles Johnson
  DE Charles Johnson underwent back surgery Tuesday at Carolinas Medical Center, but is expected to be ready for training camp. Johnson alerted the team of recent back pain and received an epidural injection, but did not progress well.


Mar 21 2017 - Cam Newton
  QB Cam Newton will undergo surgery to repair a partially torn rotator cuff next Thursday, but is expected to be ready for training camp. Panthers head team physician Dr. Pat Connor will perform the surgery at Carolina Medical Center. Newton sustained the injury during the Panthers' Week 14 game against the Chargers. As a result, Newton will not participate in OTAs and is expected to start an early throwing program 12 weeks after the surgery, while resuming throwing to the team at 16 weeks.


Mar 20 2017 - Teddy Williams
  CB Teddy Williams was re-signed by the Panthers to a one-year contract. Williams, 28, played in three games in 2016 before finishing the season on injured reserve with a knee injury. He recorded seven tackles, one pass defense and one interception. Williams joined the Panthers in 2015 and contributed 10 special teams tackles that season.


Mar 13 2017 - Chris Scott
  OL Chris Scott was re-signed by the Panthers to a one-year contract. The 6-4, 340-pound Scott played in 12 games last season, including three starts at right guard. Scott, 29, spent the past four seasons mostly in a backup role with the Panthers. He played in 43 regular-season games (12 starts) with Carolina and saw action in two games for the Steelers in 2011.


Mar 11 2017 - Captain Munnerlyn
  CB Captain Munnerlyn was signed to a four-year contract by the Carolina Panthers, returning to the team with which he started his NFL career. Munnerlyn's deal is worth a reported $21 million, with $10.5 million guaranteed, including a $6 million signing bonus. Munnerlyn, 28, began his career with the Panthers, playing five seasons (2009-13) with the team after being drafted in the seventh round in 2009 out of South Carolina. Munnerlyn holds the Panthers' career interception return touchdowns record with five and is tied for the club single-season record with two, a feat he achieved in 2012 and in 2013.


Mar 10 2017 - Mike Adams
  S Mike Adams was signed by the Panthers to a two-year free agent contract. The 5-11, 205-pound Adams comes to Carolina after three seasons with the Colts (2014-16). Adams owns 737 tackles, six sacks, 25 interceptions, 74 passes defensed, 11 forced fumbles and 14 fumble recoveries in 190 games (117 starts) over his 13-year NFL career split between San Francisco (2004-06), Cleveland (2007-11), Denver (2012-13) and Indianapolis.


Mar 10 2017 - Julius Peppers
  OLB Julius Peppers is returning to the franchise in which he started his NFL career, agreeing to a one-year deal with the Panthers on Friday. The 37-year-old Peppers played the first eight seasons of his standout career for Carolina and became one of the bigger stars in franchise history. He was NFC Rookie of the Year in 2002, NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2004 and recorded 81 of his 143.5 career sacks with the Panthers. He spent the past three seasons with the Packers and totaled 25 sacks. Last season, he had 8.5 sacks while no longer being a full-time player.


Mar 10 2017 - Matt Kalil
  LT Matt Kalil is expected to sign with the Panthers. The proposed deal reportedly is a five-year contract that will pay Kalil $55.5 million, with $25 million of it guaranteed. Kalil played all 16 games as a starter his first four seasons, but was limited to two games in 2016 because of a hip injury. The Panthers had identified Kalil as a top priority weeks ago, according to the ESPN report. Carolina's No. 1 left tackle in 2016, Michael Oher, missed the final 13 games with a concussion. Oher is under contract but has not yet cleared the concussion protocol.


Mar 8 2017 - Fozzy Whittaker
  RB Fozzy Whittaker signed a two-year deal worth a reported $2.5 million on Wednesday. Whittaker, a potential unrestricted free agent, played in all 16 games for Carolina in 2016. He rushed for 265 yards on 57 carries and posted 226 receiving yards on 25 receptions and 275 yards on 12 kickoff returns.


Mar 8 2017 - Charles Johnson
  DE Charles Johnson signed to a two-year, $9.5 million deal to stay with the Panthers. Johnson, 30, is second in franchise history with 67.5 sacks since the Panthers selected him in the third round in 2007 out of Georgia.


Mar 7 2017 - Colin Jones
  S Colin Jones agreed to a new two-year deal to return to the Panthers, the team announced Tuesday. The 29-year-old's contract is worth $2.4 million according to the Charlotte Observer. Jones recorded five tackles last season, his fifth with the Panthers.


Mar 1 2017 - Michael Oher
  TMichael Oher was suddenly ruled out of the Panthers' Week 4 trip to Atlanta and five months later the left tackle remains in the NFL's concussion protocol. Oher's status was confirmed Wednesday by general manager Dave Gettleman at the combine in Indianapolis. "You can't deny what's going on," Gettleman said. "We're in the unknown and we're going to move forward. We've got a plan and we'll just see where it goes. I can't give you anything more than that."


Feb 28 2017 - Kawann Short
  DT Kawann Short will not hit the open market after the Panthers used the exclusive franchise tag on him Monday. Short, a first-time Pro Bowl pick in 2015, was scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent when the league year begins March 9. By designating Short the franchise player, negotiations toward a long-term deal can be conducted until the July 15 league deadline. If no deal can be reached, Short would earn $13.4 in 2017 on a one-year tender.


Feb 27 2017 - Wes Horton
  DE Wes Horton was re-signed to a two-year contract, the team announced. Horton, 27, was set to become an unrestricted free agent next week. Horton played in 11 games with 10 starts for Carolina in 2016. He recorded 13 tackles, 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.


Feb 26 2017 - Mario Addison
  DE Mario Addison signed a three-year contract on Sunday, the Carolina Panthers announced. Financial terms were not disclosed by the team for Addison, who is now under contract with Carolina through the 2019 season. Addison, a potential unrestricted free agent, tallied a career-high 9.5 sacks this past season. He notched eight of his sacks in the season's final nine weeks.


Feb 21 2017 - Paul Soliai
  DT Paul Soliai was released by the Panthers. Soliai had eight tackles and no sacks last season after signing a two-year, $7 million deal.


Feb 17 2017 - Amini Silatolu
  OG Amini Silatolu signed a one-year contract with the Panthers. The 6-4, 320-pound Silatolu, 28, rejoins the Panthers after spending 2012-15 with the team. A second-round draft choice (40th overall) by the Panthers in 2012, Silatolu started 28 of 34 games played but just 13 starts over his final three seasons as he battled injuries. After his rookie contract expired following the 2015 season, he signed with the Bears. He attended training camp with the Bears in 2016 but was released on Sept. 5 and was not signed by another team last season.


Feb 8 2017 - Ben Jacobs
  LB Ben Jacobs, who was set to become a restricted free agent this offseason, was re-signed by the Panthers to a two-year deal Wednesday. Jacobs, 28, returned to the team for the final four games last season after being released with an injury settlement (ankle) in September before the 2016 regular season started


Jan 2 2017 - Wes Horton
  DE Wes Horton forced his second strip-sack since Week 15. He had just 6.5 sacks and one forced fumble in his previous 43 games.


Jan 2 2017 - Mario Addison
  DE Mario Addison made his first start since Dec. 1, 2013. He had three tackles and a sack to finish with a team-high 9.5.


Jan 2 2017 - Greg Olsen
  TE Greg Olsen caught three passes for 22 yards Sunday, falling 32 yards short of his franchise record (1,104, 2015) for most by a Panthers TE in a single season.


Jan 2 2017 - Jonathan Stewart
  RB Jonathan Stewart has 6,638 rushing yards after nine seasons. His total is 208 yards fewer than DeAngelo Williams' team record.


Jan 2 2017 - Cam Newton
  QB Cam Newton fell 130 yards short of passing Peyton Manning's record (25,467) for most total yards in a player's first six seasons. The 2015 NFL MVP set career lows in completions per game, completion percentage and passer rating. He also used his legs less, rushing for 180 yards fewer than his previous low in 2014 when he was coming off ankle surgery and dealing with broken ribs.


Jan 2 2017 - Luke Kuechly
  LB Luke Kuechly missed a sixth game with concussion symptoms.


Jan 2 2017 - Cam Newton
  QB Cam Newton missed on a two-point conversion attempt with 17 seconds left as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers held on for a 17-16 win over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium. Newton nearly pulled off the comeback, twice converting on fourth down inside the Buccaneers' 20-yard line in the final two minutes, before he threw a 5-yard touchdown to Kelvin Benjamin.


Dec 29 2016 - Cam Newton
  QB Cam Newton sat out of practice on Thursday due to a shoulder injury. Newton is expected to play for Carolina (6-9) in the season finale against the host Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-7) on Sunday



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