Lotulelei out, Johnson in for Panthers

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Star Lotulelei is out for the second straight game with an ankle injury. Lotulelei was originally expected back after the team's bye week. Defensive end Charles Johnson is active for the game at Minnesota, though. He was listed as questionable with an illness. Fullback Mike Tolbert returns to the lineup, too, after an eight-game...
Via AP on Fox
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Panthers Injury Report: Mike Tolbert, Charles Johnson, Star Lotulelei

The 3-7-1 Panthers face the Minnesota Vikings today, as they fight for a playoff spot in the NFC South. They'll do this with RB/FB Mike Tolbert (knee) potentially returning, albeit without star defensive tackle Star Lotulelei (ankle) and maybe fellow lineman Charles Johnson (illness) #455934444 / RB/FB Mike Tolbert practiced in full all week and is set to...
Via Sports Injury Alert
26 days ago  |  Discuss

NFL Notes: Colts, Panthers, Raiders, Saints & Titans

Colts Colts are not considering signing free agent RB Ray Rice. (Stephen Holder) Panthers David Newton of ESPN believes the Panthers will wait until 2015 to extend QB Cam Newton and that the franchise tag could be a suitable option if he struggles to perform. DT Star Lotulelei will not play in Week 13 due to an ankle injury. OL Amini Silatolu will not play in Week 13 due to...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Carolina Panthers at Minnesota Vikings: 2014 Week 13 NFL Pick

Carolina Panthers (3-7-1) at Minnesota Vikings (4-7) This line is right about where it should be at 2.5 in favor of the Vikings. The Panthers are a little bit better than the Vikings on the season, moving the chains at a 71.84% rate, as opposed to 76.04% for their opponents, a differential of -4.21% that ranks 25th. For comparison, the Vikings are two spots down at 27, moving the...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Falcons-Panthers Preview

One would expect two teams with three wins apiece through Week 10 to be resigned to disappointing seasons rather than eyeing the playoffs. That's where the Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers find themselves ahead of their first meeting of the season Sunday, however, thanks to a dreadful NFC South. Despite finally ending a five-game losing streak with last Sunday's 27-17 win at...
Via AP on Fox
November 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Panthers Injury Report: Cam Newton, Star Lotulelei

Carolina Panthershead coach Ron Rivera insisted that quarterback Cam Newton is not injured despite looking hobbled Monday night, reports Dan Hanzus of Rivera also added that defensive tackle Star Lotulelei is unlikely to play Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons, but could return after the bye: DT Star Lotulelei's MRI was negative. He's unlikely to play Sunday vs. Atlanta...
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November 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Panthers Injury Update: Star Lotulelei carted off field

Star second-year defensive tackle, Star Lotulelei, was injured in Carolina’s 45-21 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. With just over two minutes left in the third quarter of Monday night’s game, Lotulelei had to be carted off the field with an apparent ankle injury. #458779648 / While rushing Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez, Lotulelei rolled his ankle after...
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November 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Panthers get great news on Star Lotulelei’s injury

Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Star Lotulelei suffered a leg injury and had to be carted off the field late in the third quarter of Monday’s 45-21 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, but the injury does not appear to be as serious as initially feared. Carolina Panthers    @Panthers DT Star Lotulelei’s ankle injury is not […] The post Panthers get great news on Star Lotulelei’s...
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November 11, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Ankle of Carolina Panthers Star Lotulelei Bends in Way Ankles Are Not Supposed to Bend

As bad as Monday night's game is going for the Carolina Panthers about the only way it can get worse is if someone were to get hurt--and now someone has. While pursuing a play defensive tackle Star Lotulelei stepped on the foot of linebacker Luke Kuechly. In the process it turned pretty bad and the big man had to be carted off.Hopefully it's only a sprain and he can be back in a...
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November 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Panthers D out to prove Steelers game an anomaly

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Defense tackle Star Lotulelei says the Carolina Panthers' defense will be on a mission Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens. The Panthers surrendered 264 yards rushing in a 37-19 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night, a head-scratching number for a defense that finished No. 2 in the league last year and had aspirations of being the NFL's top defense...
Via AP on Fox
September 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Top-200 NFL Players: 176-200 (2014)

With 10 days left until the regular season opener, this 10-part series counts down the top-200 players in the NFL. 200 might sounds like a lot, but with 53 players on 32 teams’ rosters, that’s 1696 players. Count guys on the practice squad, guys on the PUP or the IR, and guys who are free agents, but still on teams’ radar. That’s probably 2000 players. These guys are the...
Via The Football Fan Spot
August 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Lotulelei, Panthers defense can be even better in 2014

CHARLOTTE -- Carolina Panthers rookie Star Lotulelei knew, nearly from the outset of his arrival last season, that the front seven on defense was going to be as good as any team's in the NFL. However, it wasn't until the third game of the season that the defensive tackle was able to fully grasp just how good this defense was, and could be. The Panthers destroyed Eli Manning and the...
Via Fox Sports Carolinas
July 03, 2014  |  Discuss

2013 NFL Draft: Which Team Had Best Overall Draft?

The NFL Combine is over, free agency begins in one week and only 65 days are left to the 2014 NFL Draft. With that, it‘s also time to look back at last year‘s draft and determine the best draft class of the league. Many teams strengthened their roster in the three-day event: The Atlanta Falcons let their rookies play the most, though with mixed results.The Chicago Bears picked...
Via Football Nation
March 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Carolina Panthers: Grading Their 2013 Draft Class After Year One

The 2013 Carolina Panthers draft class was heavily criticized after the event‘s conclusion and was graded as one of the worst in the entire league.The biggest needs - wide receiver, cornerback and safety weren‘t even addressed. Instead, they took not one, but two defensive tackles in the first two rounds.One year later, it looks a little different, though not a lot. The receiver...
Via Football Nation
February 23, 2014  |  Discuss

2013 NFL Draft Grade A Day | Carolina Panthers

POINTS SCALE Round 1: 0-5 Round 2: 0-4 Round 3: 0-3 Round 4: 0-2 Round 5: 0-1 Round 6 & 7: Same system as undrafted. Points only awarded if player was productive, no scale. Round 1 - Star Lotulelei DT, Utah Analysis - Lotulelei started all 16 games and had a major impact on the Panthers defense especially when it came to stuffing the run.  He made 42 tackles and three...
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January 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Carolina's Line Doesn't Budge

This weekend, the Carolina Panthers will face the ice-cold (What? You think that they've actually flawed out from that -20 degree game in Green Bay?) San Francisco 49ers in a rematch of their 10-9 de​fensive battle that ensued earlier this season. Although all eyes will be on Cam Newton, the former first overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft, to see how he will play in his first...
Via The Sports Post
January 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Star Lotulelei: Heart of a Defense

Poor Demar Dotson never had a chance. Lined up on his own 45-yard-line, the offensive guard for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers needed to protect his quarterback for just one yard. One yard would move the chains for the first down and one yard would give the rather stagnant Tampa offense some hope. That hope, however, was immediately run down and squashed (much like Dotson) by an unyielding...
Via Pro Football Spot
January 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Rookie Report: Panthers Defensive Success Starts Upfront With Star Lotulelei

Considered one of the best prospects in the 2013 draft class by most, Star Lotulelei fell on draft day unexpectedly. And despite being the seventh defensive player draft, the Carolina Panthers couldn’t have been happier with the fact that they were able to land a “star” with the 14th pick in the draft. Anchoring one of the most talented front sevens in the NFL, Star Lotulelei...
Via Optimum Scouting
December 17, 2013  |  Discuss
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