Found October 31, 2011 on Inside The Panthers:
The Carolina Panthers' linebacker situation, a troubled spot through the first half of the season, isn't getting any better. Both Thomas Williams and Jason Phillips suffered injuries Sunday against Minnesota that could keep them out of action for an extended period of time, head coach Ron Rivera said Monday. Williams is dealing with a neck injury and Phillips has a calf injury. It was unclear, Rivera said, how long each player could be sidelined. "It's a rough spot for us now," Rivera said. The good news, if there is any, is that Omar Gaither was in good shape after briefly leaving Sunday's game in his first action in nearly one month. Having lost starters Jon Beason and Thomas Davis early in the season, the Panthers have been playing linebacker by committee at times. With Williams and Phillips out against the Vikings, the starting linebackers -- James Anderson, Dan Connor and Gaither -- were called on for some special teams action. "A little bit of do...

Panthers work rookies during bye week

The Panthers' rookies -- at least those who haven't played much -- took a bunch of reps Tuesday during the first of two practices scheduled during the team's bye week. Cornerback Brandon Hogan, the team's fourth-round pick, got some work with the first-team defense, as well as the return teams. Hogan started the year on the physically unable to perform list when he...

Steve Smith calls ref “a 70-year-old man gimping down the field”

Panthers receiver Steve Smith picked up a costly holding penalty in the final moments of Sunday’s loss to the Vikings, negating a Cam Newton run that gave the Panthers first-and-goal and pushing the Panthers back just before their missed field goal at the end of the game. As you’d imagine, Smith wasn’t happy with the…

Minnesota Vikings 24, Carolina Panthers 21

Olindo Mare missed a 31-yard field goal with 26 seconds left in the game, sealing the Panthers’ fate yesterday!  Cam Newton had another sold game as he completed 22 of 35 passes for 290 yards with 3 TD passes and 0 INTs.  He also carried the ball 6 times for 53 yards (8.8 ypc) in this game.  Newton wasn’t perfect though as he did lose two fumbles that were costly.  Jonathan...

'Off the mark' sums up season for Panthers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- As Olindo Mare's 31-yard, game-tying field goal attempt went sailing wide left on a sunny Sunday...

Halftime blog: Panthers 14, Vikings 14

Minnesota took advantage of Cam Newton's second fumble of the first half to tie the score at 14 at halftime Sunday at Bank of America Stadium. The Panthers had the ball near midfield and were driving when NFL sack leader Jared Allen hit Newton from the blind side and forced the fumble. Chad Greenway recovered at the Panthers' 39-yard line with 1:03 left. The Vikings needed...

Run game no longer Panthers calling card

Some significant numbers for the 2-6 Carolina Panthers halfway through their season:0: Panthers running backs in the top 30 in the NFL in rushing yards per game (DeAngelo Williams ranks highest, at No.32, with 45.4 yards per game).

Grades: Minnesota Vikings 24, Carolina Panthers 21

(By Joseph Person, B QUARTERBACK: Cam Newton became the fourth rookie QB since 1960 to throw for 250 yards or more in five games. Newton had 290 yards and a career-high three touchdowns. But he fumbled twice, dropping the Panthers to 0-6 when he has a turnover.C- RUNNING BACKS: Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams still seem like complementary pieces...

Key Moments: Minnesota Vikings 24, Carolina Panthers 21

(By Joseph Person, 13:26 left in the first quarterOn Panthers' first offensive snap, E.J. Henderson sacks Cam Newton, who loses the ball. Vikings DE Jared Allen recovers and returns it 5 yards to the Panthers' 16. Vikings score a touchdown two plays later.

Late FG lifts Vikings past Panthers (AP)

Ryan Longwell kicked a 31-yard field goal with 2:43 left in the game to lift the Minnesota Vikings to a 24-21 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. Cam Newton put the Panthers (2-6) -in position to tie the game in the final two minutes. He completed a 44-yard pass to Brandon LaFell on fourth-and-15, but Olindo Mare was wide left with a 31-yard field goal attempt with 26 seconds left.
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