Archive: Panthers

Dolphins Trade J. McCown to Carolina

The Miami Dolphins have traded quarterback Josh McCown to the Carolina Panthers for an undisclosed draft pick next spring. McCown is the odd man out in Miami. The Dolphins apparently will keep rookie Chad Henne and second-year pro John Beck behind starter Chad Pennington. McCown gives the Panthers another...

 

By Mark Maske | August 29, 2008; 07:43 PM ET | Comments (2)

Panthers Add S. Parker

The Carolina Panthers signed wide receiver Samie Parker. He'd been released this week by the Denver Broncos. If he can learn the offense quickly, he could help the Panthers early in the season. Their best wideout, Steve Smith, was suspended for the first two regular season games without pay...

 

By Mark Maske | August 26, 2008; 04:49 PM ET | Comments (0)

K. Lucas, S. Smith Back Together on Panthers' Practice Field

Cornerback Ken Lucas and wide receiver Steve Smith were back on the Carolina Panthers' practice field together Saturday, this time without incident. Lucas returned to practice 15 days after having his nose broken in a training camp fight with Smith. The Panthers suspended Smith without pay for the first...

 

By Mark Maske | August 17, 2008; 02:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Concussion Keeps S. Smith Out of Panthers' Practice

Wide receiver Steve Smith sat out the Carolina Panthers' practice this morning because of a concussion suffered in Saturday's preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts. The Panthers listed Smith's status as day to day. He has continued practicing and playing in preseason games after being suspended without pay for...

 

By Mark Maske | August 11, 2008; 12:18 PM ET | Comments (1)

Pennington Chase Under Way

CLEVELAND--A half-dozen teams are said to have expressed interest in just-released Jets quarterback Chad Pennington. An NFL source said that Pennington's representatives had heard from the Chiefs, Bills, Raiders, Panthers, Dolphins and Giants. The Chiefs were an obvious suitor because they're coached by former Jets coach Herman Edwards. The...

 

By Mark Maske | August 7, 2008; 10:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

Panthers' Lucas Out 2-3 Weeks, S. Smith Practices and Issues Apology

Cornerback Ken Lucas will be sidelined for 2-3 weeks after undergoing surgery to repair the broken nose he suffered during last week's fight with Carolina Panthers teammate Steve Smith during a training camp practice. Lucas attended the Panthers' practice today but didn't participate. Smith rejoined the Panthers' practice and...

 

By Mark Maske | August 4, 2008; 03:18 PM ET | Comments (0)

Panthers Suspend S. Smith For Two Games

The Carolina Panthers have suspended wide receiver Steve Smith for two games for Friday's training camp fight with cornerback Ken Lucas. Under the collective bargaining agreement, a team can suspend a player for as many as four games without pay for conduct detrimental to the team. Panthers Coach John...

 

By Mark Maske | August 2, 2008; 02:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

S. Smith Sent Home From Panthers' Camp

The Carolina Panthers have sent wide receiver Steve Smith home from their training camp in Spartanburg, S.C., after his fight today with cornerback Ken Lucas. According to the team, both players returned to Charlotte. Club officials declined to say if Smith has been or would be suspended. Lucas left...

 

By Mark Maske | August 1, 2008; 03:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

Fight at Panthers' Practice

Wide receiver Steve Smith and cornerback Ken Lucas got into a fight today at the Carolina Panthers' practice. The incident ended with Lucas leaving the field with an ice pack above his left eye. The extent of his injuries were not immediately clear. Smith was ejected from the practice...

 

By Mark Maske | August 1, 2008; 01:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

Five More Rookie Deals

Five more first-rounders agreed to contracts with their teams overnight and this morning. Included in that group is defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey, the fifth overall selection by the Kansas City Chiefs. The top six picks in the draft now have reached contract agreements. The Dallas Cowboys have deals with...

 

By Mark Maske | July 26, 2008; 11:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

Tampa, Carolina Still Viewed By Many As Top Possible Favre Destinations

People within the league remain convinced that if the Green Bay Packers are going to trade Brett Favre, it probably will be to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or Carolina Panthers. Tampa has been regarded as the front-runner within league circles because Buccaneers Coach Jon Gruden is a former Packers...

 

By Mark Maske | July 23, 2008; 10:02 AM ET | Comments (3)

Favre Speculation Centered on Bucs, Panthers

Some people within the league are focusing on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carolina Panthers are possible trade suitors for Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre. In Tampa, Favre would play in the sort of West Coast offensive system that he played in Green Bay and would be coached...

 

By Mark Maske | July 16, 2008; 11:33 AM ET | Comments (44)

Good Week for Delhomme, Panthers

It was a good week for the Carolina Panthers, as quarterback Jake Delhomme participated in full team drills for the first time during the club's offseason practices. It was a significant step for Delhomme as he works his way back from the elbow surgery that cut short his 2007...

 

By Mark Maske | May 30, 2008; 10:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

D. Morgan Retires

Linebacker Dan Morgan is retiring, the New Orleans Saints announced today. Morgan signed with the Saints in March after previously spending his entire seven-year NFL career with the Carolina Panthers. The former first-round draft choice and 2004 Pro Bowl selection missed the final 13 games of last season because...

 

By Mark Maske | May 19, 2008; 07:35 PM ET | Comments (1)

Panthers Add D. Walker to Defensive Line

Free agent defensive tackle Darwin Walker agreed to a contract with the Carolina Panthers. He spent last season with the Chicago Bears and was with the Philadelphia Eagles prior to that. The Panthers traded defensive tackle Kris Jenkins earlier in the offseason and didn't select a defensive lineman until...

 

By Mark Maske | April 28, 2008; 04:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Delhomme's Recovery Program Reportedly About to Include Throwing

Carolina Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme reportedly is scheduled to begin throwing footballs today as he works his way back from elbow surgery. The Gaston Gazette reported that Delhomme's recovery is on schedule and Panthers trainer Ryan Vermillion is to monitor the quarterback's throwing program. The Panthers are counting on...

 

By Mark Maske | April 7, 2008; 08:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

J. Gross Signs Franchise Tender

Offensive tackle Jordan Gross signed his one-year franchise player contract with the Carolina Panthers. He'll have a salary of $7.455 million next season under the deal. Four of the 12 players league-wide given the franchise player tags by their teams last month now have signed contracts....

 

By Mark Maske | March 21, 2008; 09:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

L. Johnson Leaves Bengals for Panthers

Free agent linebacker Landon Johnson agreed to a deal with the Carolina Panthers. He leaves the Cincinnati Bengals, who had been interested in re-signing him. The Cincinnati defense already had lost two key free agents, safety Madieu Williams and end Justin Smith....

 

By Mark Maske | March 7, 2008; 01:31 PM ET | Comments (2)

K. Jenkins Traded to Jets

The Carolina Panthers traded defensive tackle Kris Jenkins to the New York Jets for two draft choices. The Panthers will receive third- and fifth-rounders from the Jets. The Jets have been shopping their own defensive tackle, Dewayne Robertson, in trade talks....

 

By Mark Maske | February 29, 2008; 09:25 AM ET | Comments (98)

Panthers to Tag J. Gross

The Carolina Panthers plan to place their franchise tag on offensive tackle Jordan Gross today. Gross would be paid $7.455 million for next season as the Panthers' franchise player. The Panthers will retain both their starting offensive tackles after recently signing Travelle Wharton to a six-year, approximately $36 million...

 

By Mark Maske | February 20, 2008; 09:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

Busy Panthers Sign Three Players

The Carolina Panthers were busy Thursday, signing three players to contracts. The Panthers signed left tackle Travelle Wharton to a six-year deal. They signed safety Chris Harris to a four-year, approximately $12 million contract extension running through the 2012 season. They also signed defensive tackle Damione Lewis to the...

 

By Mark Maske | February 14, 2008; 08:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

Panthers Release D. Morgan, M. Wahle

The Carolina Panthers released linebacker Dan Morgan and guard Mike Wahle. Morgan missed most of the last two seasons because of a concussion and an Achilles' tendon injury. The former first-round draft choice is the third-leading tackler in franchise history. Wahle played three seasons for the Panthers after being...

 

By Mark Maske | February 11, 2008; 05:58 PM ET | Comments (0)

No Changes in Carolina

Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson told his coach, John Fox, and general manager, Marty Hurney, that their jobs are safe during two days of meetings late last week, according to Panthers officials. There had been speculation that the jobs of Fox and Hurney could be in jeopardy after the...

 

By Mark Maske | January 8, 2008; 10:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

Fox, Hurney Go About Their Business in Carolina as Richardson Remains Mum

Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson still hasn't said publicly that he's retaining Coach John Fox and General Manager Marty Hurney. The NFL Network reported recently that Richardson had said that off camera, but Richardson has declined since then to confirm it. The Panthers just completed a 7-9 season, and...

 

By Mark Maske | December 31, 2007; 02:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

Panthers Have J. Peppers on Inactive List

CHARLOTTE--The Carolina Panthers will be without defensive end Julius Peppers for tonight's game here against the Dallas Cowboys. Peppers is on the Panthers' inactive list because of a knee injury....

 

By Mark Maske | December 22, 2007; 07:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

It's Testaverde Vs. Favre In Oldest-Ever Quarterback Matchup

Coach John Fox today named Vinny Testaverde the starter at quarterback for the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. That means that the Green Bay Packers' Brett Favre, at 38, will be the young quarterback in the game. Testaverde is 44, making it the oldest pair of quarterbacks to start against...

 

By Mark Maske | November 16, 2007; 06:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

Panthers Getting Healthy at Quarterback But S. Smith Hurting

The Carolina Panthers finally are getting healthier at quarterback. Both David Carr and Vinny Testaverde have been practicing this week. That's been a rare occurrence in recent weeks, with Carr plagued by a back injury and a concussion and Testaverde hindered by a heel injury. But the Panthers still...

 

By Mark Maske | November 16, 2007; 09:39 AM ET | Comments (0)

Testaverde Not Getting Any Younger

When the Carolina Panthers signed Vinny Testaverde last month, he was described as a soon-to-be 44-year-old quarterback. It's soon-to-be no more. Testaverde turns 44 today....

 

By Mark Maske | November 13, 2007; 03:02 PM ET | Comments (2)

Rookie Could Get Starting Nod for Panthers

All week, it looked like Vinny Testaverde would be the starting quarterback for the Carolina Panthers this weekend. David Carr was sidelined after suffering a concussion last weekend, and Testaverde was practicing after being on the shelf recently because of a strained Achilles' tendon. But now it's anyone's guess...

 

By Mark Maske | November 10, 2007; 03:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Testaverde in Line to be Panthers' Starter

It looks like Vinny Testaverde will be the Carolina Panthers' starter at quarterback this weekend. Testaverde, coming off an Achilles' tendon injury, practiced for a second day in a row Thursday while David Carr remained sidelined after suffering a concussion last weekend. Testaverde and rookie Matt Moore have been...

 

By Mark Maske | November 9, 2007; 10:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

Testaverde Practices, Carr Doesn't For Panthers

Vinny Testaverde and rookie Matt Moore split the practice-field work at quarterback for the Carolina Panthers today with David Carr sidelined by a concussion. It's unclear which quarterback will start for the Panthers this weekend or if Carr will be cleared to return. Testaverde had been sidelined by a...

 

By Mark Maske | November 7, 2007; 04:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

Season Over for Panthers Linebacker D. Morgan

The Carolina Panthers placed linebacker Dan Morgan on the injured reserve list, ending his season. Morgan is to undergo surgery for a partially torn Achilles' tendon. He played in only three games this season. The Panthers also signed quarterback Drew Olson to the practice squad, providing some depth at...

 

By Mark Maske | November 6, 2007; 08:58 PM ET | Comments (0)

Panthers Short on Healthy Quarterbacks

The Carolina Panthers will have to see if any of their quarterbacks are healthy enough to play this week. David Carr suffered a concussion during Sunday's loss to the Tennessee Titans and Vinny Testaverde has been plagued by a strained Achilles' tendon. The only other quarterback on the roster...

 

By Mark Maske | November 6, 2007; 10:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

K. Jenkins Fined for Hit on P. Manning

The league fined Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Kris Jenkins $7,500. Jenkins was penalized for a late hit on Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning last weekend....

 

By Mark Maske | November 2, 2007; 06:41 PM ET | Comments (2)

S. Smith Frustrated With D. Jarrett?

The work habits of Carolina Panthers rookie wide receiver Dwayne Jarrett don't seem to be impressing Panthers wideout Steve Smith. According to the Charlotte Observer, Jarrett was speaking to reporters by his locker Wednesday when Smith said to him: "Instead of talking to the media, why don't you go...

 

By Mark Maske | November 1, 2007; 09:26 AM ET | Comments (2)

Carr Could Replace Ailing Testaverde as Panthers' Starter

David Carr could reclaim the starting quarterback job for the Carolina Panthers this week. Vinny Testaverde sat out the Panthers' practice today after aggravating an injury to his right Achilles' tendon during Sunday's loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Testaverde has started the Panthers' last two games just after signing...

 

By Mark Maske | October 31, 2007; 04:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

Testaverde to Make Second Straight Start for Panthers

Carolina Panthers Coach John Fox named Vinny Testaverde to start at quarterback in Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts. Testaverde beat the Arizona Cardinals 12 days ago, only four days after signing with the Panthers, with David Carr sidelined by a back injury. The Panthers had a bye last...

 

By Mark Maske | October 26, 2007; 03:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

Panthers' Fox Still Keeping His Quarterback Choice a Mystery

Quarterback David Carr practiced for a second straight day with the Carolina Panthers, but Coach John Fox again refused to say if Carr or Vinny Testaverde will start this weekend. Testaverde beat the Arizona Cardinals, with Carr sidelined by a back injury, in the Panthers' most recent game before...

 

By Mark Maske | October 25, 2007; 02:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

Fox Still Won't Name Panthers' Starter

Quarterback David Carr participated in the Carolina Panthers' practice, and Coach John Fox indicated that Carr will play on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts if he's healthy. But Fox stopped short of naming Carr the starter. Vinny Testaverde started in Carr's place, with Carr sidelined by an ailing back,...

 

By Mark Maske | October 24, 2007; 04:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

Fox's Choice Between Testaverde and Carr Could Be Announced Wednesday

The Carolina Panthers might name a starting quarterback Wednesday. Coach John Fox refused to say during the team's bye last week whether Vinny Testaverde or David Carr would have the job when the club returned to work. Carr inherited the job from Jake Delhomme, who underwent season-ending elbow surgery....

 

By Mark Maske | October 23, 2007; 11:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Delhomme Undergoes Elbow Surgery

Injured Carolina Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme underwent ligament replacement surgery on his right elbow Thursday in Charlotte, apparently without any unexpected difficulties. Pat Connor, the Panthers' team doctor, performed the 90-minute procedure and issued a written statement saying that all went well. Delhomme faces seven to nine months of...

 

By Mark Maske | October 19, 2007; 12:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

Testaverde's Play Gives Fox a Quarterback Decision to Make for Panthers

The Carolina Panthers have an unlikely quarterback controversy that can percolate during their bye week. Coach John Fox told reporters Tuesday that he wasn't ready to commit to a starter yet for when the club returns from its bye. Vinny Testaverde was signed by the Panthers last week and,...

 

By Mark Maske | October 17, 2007; 10:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

Carr's Ailing Back Could Force Testaverde Into Panthers' Lineup Immediately

Quarterback David Carr sat out the Carolina Panthers' practice for a second straight day because of a sore back, raising the possibility that 21-year NFL veteran Vinny Testaverde could be the team's starter only days after being lured out of retirement. Testaverde and undrafted rookie Matt Moore split the...

 

By Mark Maske | October 11, 2007; 02:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Testaverde Returning to NFL as Carr's Backup in Carolina

Vinny Testaverde has agreed to a contract with the Carolina Panthers to be their backup quarterback. Testaverde will join the Panthers' new starter, David Carr, and undrafted rookie Matt Moore in the club's quarterback mix. Former starter Jake Delhomme is about to undergo season-ending elbow surgery. Carr was knocked...

 

By Mark Maske | October 10, 2007; 10:24 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cardinals, Panthers in Quarterback Market

The Arizona Cardinals and Carolina Panthers are in the quarterback market this week, searching for veteran backups to play behind newly elevated starters. The Arizona Republic reported that Vinny Testaverde and Tim Rattay were scheduled to work out for the Cardinals today. The Cardinals want a backup for Kurt...

 

By Mark Maske | October 9, 2007; 03:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

Delhomme to Undergo Season-Ending Elbow Surgery

The Carolina Panthers will be without quarterback Jake Delhomme for the remainder of the season. Delhomme decided today to undergo season-ending elbow surgery after having trouble while trying to throw the ball, Coach John Fox announced. Delhomme hurt the elbow on his right (throwing) arm during a Sept. 23...

 

By Mark Maske | October 8, 2007; 02:31 PM ET | Comments (0)

D. Carr Expected to Start for Panthers Again

David Carr is expected to make a second straight start at quarterback for the Carolina Panthers. Jake Delhomme remains sidelined by an elbow injury....

 

By Mark Maske | October 4, 2007; 07:43 PM ET | Comments (0)

Panthers Have Players-Only Meeting

The Carolina Panthers held a players-only meeting Wednesday to discuss the club's uneven start. The Panthers have a record of 2-2 after Sunday's loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, after which defensive tackle Kris Jenkins publicly questioned the team's passion and heart. Backup quarterback David Carr is playing in...

 

By Mark Maske | October 4, 2007; 12:56 PM ET | Comments (7)

Panthers' Morgan Has Partially Torn Achilles' Tendon

Carolina Panthers linebacker Dan Morgan is wearing a cast on his right foot and told reporters this week that he has a partially torn Achilles' tendon. It's unclear how long Morgan will be sidelined, although he is expected to play again at some point this season because the tear...

 

By Mark Maske | October 3, 2007; 10:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

Delhomme's Return to Panthers' Lineup Doesn't Appear Imminent

The Carolina Panthers likely will be without quarterback Jake Delhomme for a second straight game because of his injured right elbow. Delhomme might attempt to do some throwing this week but it's unlikely that he'll be able to play, and David Carr probably will make a second start in...

 

By Mark Maske | October 3, 2007; 10:13 AM ET | Comments (0)

Carr Seems Likely to Start Sunday for Panthers

David Carr likely will make his first start at quarterback for the Carolina Panthers on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Usual Panthers starter Jake Delhomme missed his second straight practice Thursday after suffering a strained right elbow last weekend. Carr was signed by the Panthers in the offseason...

 

By Mark Maske | September 28, 2007; 10:24 AM ET | Comments (0)

Delhomme Misses Panthers' Practice

Quarterback Jake Delhomme sat out the Carolina Panthers' practice today because of the strained right elbow he suffered last weekend against the Atlanta Falcons. David Carr replaced Delhomme last weekend and would take over as the Panthers' starter this week if Delhomme is unable to play....

 

By Mark Maske | September 26, 2007; 03:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

Panthers Say Delhomme's Elbow Injury Not Serious

Carolina Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme has a strained right elbow that won't require surgery, Coach John Fox announced today. Delhomme was hurt during the Panthers' victory Sunday over the Atlanta Falcons. An MRI exam showed no serious structural damage and it's possible that Delhomme could be ready to play...

 

By Mark Maske | September 24, 2007; 02:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

Panthers Safety Minter Reportedly Decides to Retire

Carolina Panthers safety Mike Minter reportedly has decided to retire. The Associated Press reported that the announcement is to be made Tuesday. Minter is the Panthers' leading career tackler and had hoped to play one more season but has been plagued by knee troubles. He reportedly made the decision...

 

By Mark Maske | August 6, 2007; 10:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

Panthers Get Safety Help in Trade With Bears

The Carolina Panthers bolstered their secondary today by trading a fifth-round draft pick next spring to the Chicago Bears for safety Chris Harris. Harris made 20 starts the past two seasons but was deemed expendable by the Bears because they traded for Washington Redskins safety Adam Archuleta in the...

 

By Mark Maske | August 2, 2007; 08:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

K. Johnson Retiring, Heading to ESPN

Wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson is retiring and heading straight into broadcasting, agreeing to join ESPN as an NFL analyst. Johnson, 34, had 70 catches for 815 yards and four touchdowns for the Carolina Panthers last season but was released by the team following last month's NFL draft. Johnson met...

 

By Mark Maske | May 23, 2007; 03:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

Panthers Will Try to be Team They Were Supposed to be Last Season, But Weren't

Team-By-Team Offseason Roundup Carolina Panthers Players Released: Al Wallace, DE Kris Mangum, TE (retired) Kevin McCadam, S Chris Weinke, QB Keyshawn Johnson, WR Free Agents Lost: Vinny Ciurciu, LB Chris Draft, LB Free Agents Re-Signed: Na'il Diggs, LB Kindal Moorehead, DT Free Agents Added: Terrence Melton, LB Stephen Williams,...

 

By Mark Maske | May 8, 2007; 03:14 PM ET | Comments (1)

Panthers, S. Smith Agree to Extension

Wide receiver Steve Smith agreed to a three-year contract extension with the Carolina Panthers. The deal runs through the 2012 season. Smith had three seasons remaining on his existing contract for salaries totaling $10.9 million....

 

By Mark Maske | May 8, 2007; 12:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

Panthers Release K. Johnson

The Carolina Panthers released wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson. It's the second straight offseason that Johnson, 34, has been released. He was cut by the Dallas Cowboys last offseason and signed with the Panthers to serve as the complement to star wideout Steve Smith. Johnson had 70 catches for 815...

 

By Mark Maske | May 1, 2007; 07:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

Panthers Reportedly Making K. Jenkins Available on Trade Market

The Carolina Panthers reportedly are willing to listen to trade offers for three-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Kris Jenkins. The Charlotte Observer reported in recent days that the Panthers have informed other teams that Jenkins could be obtained in a trade for the right offer. It's not clear what...

 

By Mark Maske | April 9, 2007; 01:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

D. Carr Cuts Deal With Panthers to be Delhomme's Backup

Quarterback David Carr agreed to a two-year contract with the Carolina Panthers to be Jake Delhomme's backup. Carr visited the Panthers and the Seattle Seahawks in recent days. He had been hoping to find a team willing to offer him a chance to compete for a starting job, but...

 

By Mark Maske | April 6, 2007; 10:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

J. Harrington Meeting With Panthers

Free agent quarterback Joey Harrington is scheduled to meet with the Carolina Panthers today. Harrington was a part-time starter for the Miami Dolphins last season before being released after the season. He becomes the second former NFL starter to meet with the Panthers this week about the possibility of...

 

By Mark Maske | April 5, 2007; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

D. Carr to Visit Seahawks Next

Free agent quarterback David Carr completed a visit with the Carolina Panthers on Tuesday. He is to visit the Seattle Seahawks next. The former top overall draft choice, released by the Houston Texans, is drawing interest only as a potential backup. He would back up Jake Delhomme in Carolina....

 

By Mark Maske | April 4, 2007; 08:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

Panthers Consider D. Carr

Quarterback David Carr, a free agent after being released by the Houston Texans, is visiting the Carolina Panthers today after arriving in Charlotte on Monday. The former top overall draft pick is drawing only mild interest on the open market but the Panthers apparently are considering him as a...

 

By Mark Maske | April 3, 2007; 08:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

J. Harrington, Tuiasosopo Among Panthers' Backup Quarterback Possibilities

The Carolina Panthers are looking for a backup quarterback after releasing Chris Weinke. Free agents Marques Tuiasosopo and Joey Harrington are among the possibilities....

 

By Mark Maske | March 9, 2007; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Panthers Release Weinke

The Carolina Panthers released reserve quarterback Chris Weinke. The former Heisman Trophy winner at Florida State made three starts for the Panthers this past season when Jake Delhomme was hurt....

 

By Mark Maske | March 6, 2007; 07:16 PM ET | Comments (1)

Panthers Re-Sign Linebacker Diggs

The Carolina Panthers re-signed linebacker Na'il Diggs to a one-year contract. Diggs started 10 games for the Panthers last season after spending the previous six seasons with the Green Bay Packers. The Panthers released safety Kevin McCadam....

 

By Mark Maske | March 2, 2007; 04:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

Panthers Release Wallace

The Carolina Panthers released reserve defensive end Al Wallace to clear salary cap space Monday. The move saves the Panthers about $1 million in salary cap room....

 

By Mark Maske | February 20, 2007; 09:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

Panthers Hire J. Davidson as Offensive Coordinator

The Carolina Panthers hired Jeff Davidson as their offensive coordinator. He replaces the fired Dan Henning. Davidson formerly worked for Bill Belichick in New England most recently was the Cleveland Browns' offensive line coach....

 

By Mark Maske | January 24, 2007; 11:11 AM ET | Comments (0)

Panthers Dismiss Henning

The Carolina Panthers fired offensive coordinator Dan Henning. The veteran coach came under criticism for the Panthers' offensive struggles during their 8-8 season....

 

By Mark Maske | January 15, 2007; 08:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Delhomme Set to Return to Panthers' Lineup

Carolina Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme practiced for a second day in a row. He likely will start Sunday at New Orleans after missing three games because of a thumb injury....

 

By Mark Maske | December 28, 2006; 07:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

Delhomme Practices

Jake Delhomme participated in the Carolina Panthers' practice today and might return to the lineup this weekend. The quarterback has missed the last three games after suffering ligament damage in his right thumb. Chris Weinke started in his place....

 

By Mark Maske | December 27, 2006; 09:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

Panthers Place Wahle on IR List

The Carolina Panthers placed guard Mike Wahle on the injured reserve list today, ending his season. He will undergo surgery for a torn labrum in his right shoulder. The Panthers likely will be without quarterback Jake Delhomme for a third straight week. He has ligament damage in his right...

 

By Mark Maske | December 20, 2006; 03:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

Panthers' Rucker Has Torn ACL

Carolina Panthers defensive end Mike Rucker will be sidelined for the remainder of the season because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Rucker suffered the injury during Sunday's loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers....

 

By Mark Maske | December 18, 2006; 07:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

Delhomme Sits Out Another Practice

Quarterback Jake Delhomme missed the Carolina Panthers' practice for a second straight day and probably won't play Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Chris Weinke started in Delhomme's place last weekend--and lost to the New York Giants--after Delhomme suffered ligament damage in his right thumb the previous Monday night at...

 

By Mark Maske | December 14, 2006; 10:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

Delhomme Misses Practice

Quarterback Jake Delhomme missed the Carolina Panthers' practice Wednesday and it's still unclear if he'll return to the lineup for Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Chris Weinke started in Delhomme's place last weekend--and lost to the New York Giants--after Delhomme suffered ligament damage in his right thumb the...

 

By Mark Maske | December 14, 2006; 12:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Delhomme to Regain Starting Job if He's Able to Play

The reeling Carolina Panthers plan to switch back to Jake Delhomme as their starter at quarterback this week if he's healthy. Chris Weinke started Sunday's loss to the New York Giants because Delhomme had a thumb injury. It's unclear if he'll be ready to play this week....

 

By Mark Maske | December 11, 2006; 09:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

Weinke Likely to be Panthers' Starter This Weekend

Carolina Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme missed practice for a second day in row because of a thumb injury suffered during Monday night's loss at Philadelphia. Backup Chris Weinke likely will start Sunday's game against the New York Giants....

 

By Mark Maske | December 7, 2006; 09:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

Delhomme Sits Out Panthers' Practice Because of Ailing Thumb

Quarterback Jake Delhomme missed the Carolina Panthers' practice today because of a sprained right thumb. The right-handed quarterback was hurt early in Monday night's loss at Philadelphia but finished the game, throwing three touchdown passes but also two crucial late interceptions. He has thrown at least one interception in...

 

By Mark Maske | December 6, 2006; 02:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Delhomme, Panthers Just Can't Get Going

PHILADELPHIA--It's just not happening for the Carolina Panthers, a trendy Super Bowl pick by many prognosticators entering this season after reaching last season's NFC title game. Their record dropped to 6-6 with Monday night's 27-24 defeat here to the Philadelphia Eagles, and they unraveled late in the game. They...

 

By Mark Maske | December 5, 2006; 10:31 AM ET | Comments (0)

Panthers Tipped Off Key Play

PHILADELPHIA--The Carolina Panthers inadvertently gave away their play call at the key moment of Monday night's loss in Philadelphia. The Panthers were trailing the Eagles, 27-24, but had a first down at the Philadelphia 7-yard line with 28 seconds to play. Quarterback Jake Delhomme looked to his right and...

 

By Mark Maske | December 5, 2006; 10:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

Panthers CB Lucas Blaming Supplement for Injury Woes

Carolina Panthers cornerback Ken Lucas told reporters today he thinks a supplement he is taking is producing injury problems for him this season. Lucas said he believes his legal, creatine-based supplement is draining his body of fluids and leaving him susceptible to muscle injuries. He has been plagued by...

 

By Mark Maske | November 9, 2006; 04:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

Puzzling Panthers

CHARLOTTE--If you can figure out the Carolina Panthers, you're doing better than their coach, John Fox. The Panthers were regarded as a top Super Bowl contender in the NFC when the season began. They opened with two straight losses without injured wide receiver Steve Smith, then seemed to steady...

 

By Mark Maske | October 30, 2006; 10:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

R. Howard Leaves Panthers for Personal Reasons

Seldom used cornerback Reggie Howard has left the Carolina Panthers for what the team described today as personal reasons. Panthers officials said they've received a roster exemption to replace Howard, a former starter stuck this season behind starters Chris Gamble and Ken Lucas and top reserve Richard Marshall....

 

By Mark Maske | October 19, 2006; 02:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

S. Smith's Back... And So Are the Panthers

BALTIMORE--Steve Smith is back. All the way back. And, not coincidentally, the Carolina Panthers' Super Bowl aspirations seem realistic again. With apologies to Shaun Alexander, the Seattle Seahawks' tailback who is the reigning league most valuable player, the most valuable non-quarterback in the NFL is Smith, the Panthers' diminutive...

 

By Mark Maske | October 16, 2006; 10:31 AM ET | Comments (0)

Panthers LB Morgan To Miss Remainder of Season Because of Concussion

The Carolina Panthers announced today that linebacker Dan Morgan will miss the rest of the season because of the concussion he suffered in the team's opening game. It reportedly is at least the fifth concussion of Morgan's career. He has had a series of meetings with specialists and they...

 

By Mark Maske | October 11, 2006; 02:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Panthers Lose TE to Knee Injury

Carolina Panthers tight end Mike Seidman likely will miss the remainder of the season because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee....

 

By Mark Maske | October 4, 2006; 04:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

Buccaneers, League Discussing Wallace Hit on Simms

Tampa Bay Buccaneers officials are talking to members of the league office about the hit they believe caused quarterback Chris Simms's injury during last Sunday's loss to the Carolina Panthers. Buccaneers officials believe that Simms most likely was hurt on a fourth-quarter hit by Panthers defensive end Al Wallace....

 

By Mark Maske | September 28, 2006; 11:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

S. Smith Practices Again, Appears Ready to Play for Panthers

It appears that wide receiver Steve Smith is prepared to return to the Carolina Panthers' lineup on Sunday at Tampa. He practiced for a second day in a row today, although Coach John Fox indicated that Smith's availability will be a game-time decision. Smith has missed the Panthers' first...

 

By Mark Maske | September 22, 2006; 01:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

Gruden, K. Johnson Getting Together

When the Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers play on Sunday in Tampa, it will be the first game involving Buccaneers Coach Jon Gruden and Panthers wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson since Gruden de-activated Johnson for the final six games of the 2003 season for insubordination. The two coexisted peacefully...

 

By Mark Maske | September 21, 2006; 04:54 PM ET | Comments (1)

Panthers Seem Likely to Have S. Smith on Sunday

Wide receiver Steve Smith likely will return to the Carolina Panthers' lineup on Sunday at Tampa. Smith participated in the Panthers' practice today. He hadn't practiced the previous two weeks and missed the Panthers' first two games of the season because of an injured hamstring muscle. The Panthers and...

 

By Mark Maske | September 21, 2006; 04:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

S. Smith Doesn't Practice But Inches Closer To Return

Wide receiver Steve Smith didn't participate in the Carolina Panthers' practice today but did some agility drills and some light running on the side. Coach John Fox told reporters that Smith's status is day to day and the Panthers listed him as questionable on their official injury report for...

 

By Mark Maske | September 20, 2006; 02:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

Panthers Without S. Smith

The Carolina Panthers played a second straight game without wide receiver Steve Smith. He remained sidelined by a sore hamstring muscle after failing to practice for a second week in a row....

 

By Mark Maske | September 17, 2006; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Too-Familiar Refrain for Panthers: S. Smith Doesn't Practice

A second straight week has gone by without Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith practicing. Smith's ailing hamstring kept him out of the Panthers' practice again today, seemingly diminishing the chances even further that he'll play this weekend....

 

By Mark Maske | September 15, 2006; 12:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

S. Smith Remains On Shelf

Wide receiver Steve Smith's hamstring woes kept him out of the Carolina Panthers' practice again today, seemingly diminishing the chances that he will play this weekend. He sat out last weekend's season-opening loss to the Atlanta Falcons and hasn't practiced this week....

 

By Mark Maske | September 14, 2006; 04:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

S. Smith Still Hurting

Wide receiver Steve Smith sat out the Carolina Panthers' practice today, still sidelined by the ailing hamstring that kept him out of last weekend's season-opening loss to the Atlanta Falcons. The Panthers will be without linebacker Dan Morgan this week because of the concussion he suffered in the Falcons...

 

By Mark Maske | September 13, 2006; 03:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

Panthers Take Look at Henson

Quarterback Drew Henson, cut by the Dallas Cowboys during training camp, worked out Tuesday for the Carolina Panthers but wasn't signed....

 

By Mark Maske | September 13, 2006; 01:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Panthers Get Another Season Off to a Bad Start

It's not panic time for the Carolina Panthers, who began a season in which they have Super Bowl hopes with a dud of a performance by losing at home Sunday to the Atlanta Falcons. The Panthers, after all, lost their opener to the New Orleans Saints at home last...

 

By Mark Maske | September 11, 2006; 02:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

S. Smith Misses Another Practice

Wide receiver Steve Smith sat out his third straight Carolina Panthers' practice today because of a sore hamstring, leaving his status in doubt for Sunday's opener against the Atlanta Falcons....

 

By Mark Maske | September 8, 2006; 01:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

Other Hamstring Now Bothering Panthers' Smith

It's unclear if the Carolina Panthers will have wide receiver Steve Smith in the lineup for Sunday's season opener against the Atlanta Falcons. Smith sat out Wednesday's practice because of a sore right hamstring after missing 2-1/2 weeks of training camp due to a sore left hamstring. The Panthers...

 

By Mark Maske | September 7, 2006; 01:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

Panthers LB Diggs to Undergo MRI on Injured-Again Right Knee

Carolina Panthers linebacker Na'il Diggs is scheduled to undergo an MRI exam today on his right knee, which he hurt during Thursday night's preseason game against the Miami Dolphins. Diggs was hurt on a special-teams play. He had an injury to the same knee last season while with the...

 

By Mark Maske | August 25, 2006; 09:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

Panthers' Smith Returns to Practice

Wide receiver Steve Smith resumed practicing with the Carolina Panthers today. He'd been sidelined for 2-1/2 weeks by a strained hamstring muscle....

 

By Mark Maske | August 15, 2006; 01:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

 

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