NFL Notes: Browns, Colts, Lions, Panthers, & Ravens

  Browns The Browns and the reps for OL Jason Pinkston issued a statement Monday regarding his absence. According to the team, Pinkston’s absence is due to the fact that he has not been medically cleared for football activities. (Ron Ledgard) Colts The Colts have increased their two-tight end sets this season. (Stephen Holder) Lions Free agent acquisition WR Golden...
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Former Panthers OL Travelle Wharton Retiring From NFL

  Former Carolina Panthers G Travelle Wharton will announce his retirement from the NFL on Tuesday. “It’s time,” said Wharton, per Steve Reed. “I just had to admit it.” All indications have been that Wharton was likely to call it a career, but he had yet to announce anything formally until now. Wharton, 32, is coming off of a great 2013 season in which Pro Football...
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Report: Panthers Sixth-Round Pick RB Tyler Gaffney Out For Season

  Steve Reed of the Associated Press is reporting that Panthers sixth-round pick RB Tyler Gaffney is out for the season after he suffered a torn lateral meniscus. Gaffney was unlikely to see a lot of playing in his first year, but it’s certainly sad news to hear that he has already suffered a serious knee injury. The Panthers are likely to enter the season with DeAngelo Williams...
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Panthers Injury Update: Andrew McDonald has testicular cancer surgery

Carolina Panthers backup offensive tackle Andrew McDonald underwent testicular cancer surgery in May and is expected to make a full recovery, according to Steve Reed of the Associated Press.  McDonald is perhaps most well-known due to being identified as "Player A" in a report on the Miami Dolphins' bullying scandal this year that indicated he was among those bullied...
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June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Panthers Greg Hardy Released From Jail After Allegedly Beating Up GF

Yesterday it came out that Panthers DE Greg Hardy was arrested on domestic violence charges for an incident involving his girlfriend. Today he appeared in court and was ordered to go to three AA meetings and to stay away from the girlfriend. Hardy bond set at 15k for abuse charge and 2k for threats. — Steve Reed (@SteveReedAP) May 14, 2014 Hardy ordered to attend 3 AA classes...
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May 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Cam Newton Ditches Walking Boot

Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle surgery) is out of his walking boot and ready to begin his rehab work, according to Steve Reed of the Associated Press.Fantasy Spin:Newton was given a four-month timetable when he had left ankle surgery in mid-March. He's not expected to resume practicing before training camp, but his health won't be a concern when the season starts. Newton&...
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May 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Panthers DE Frank Alexander Suspended Four Games

  The NFL announced on Friday that Panthers DE Frank Alexander has been suspended for the first four games of the 2014 season for violating the leagues Substances of Abuse Policy, per Steve Reed. Alexander, 24, was taken by the Panthers in the fourth-round of the 2012 NFL Draft, but he plays behind two of the best defensive end in the games, which has limited his playing time...
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May 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Panthers Rumors: Cam Newton explains his new leadership role

After a successful 2013 season, the Carolina Panthers have high hopes for 2014. This morning, quarterback Cam Newton was asked several questions in a press conference about his new leadership role in Carolina. According to Miami Herald writer Steve Reed, Newton expressed his excitement about this upcoming season and the role he will play. Reed quoted Newton saying, " I'...
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April 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Panthers Sign TE Mike McNeill

  Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports that the Panthers have signed former Rams TE Mike McNeill. McNeill, 26, appeared in 14 games for the Rams last year and contributed one reception for five years. According to Pro Football Focus, he played just 34 snaps last season while helping out on special teams.
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March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Steve Smith’s Agent Says Smith Won’t Be Back With Panthers

Steve Smith is done with the Carolina Panthers. BREAKING NEWS: Agent for Steve Smith says client "is not going to play for the Panthers next year, I know that." — Steve Reed (@SteveReedAP) March 12, 2014 Smith’s longtime representative Derrick Fox told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Smith “is not going to play for the Panthers next...
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March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Jefferson's old-school style fueling Bobcats' run

(Eds: With AP Photos.) By STEVE REED AP Sports Writer Michael Jordan's Bobcats enter the post-NBA All-Star break with their playoff hopes largely riding on the old-school game of big man Al Jefferson. Jefferson and his back-to-the-basket style of play has helped the Bobcats win more games than they did all of last season and position themselves for their first postseason appearance...
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February 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Jonathan Stewart Expected To Play

Though he's officially been listed as questionable, the Panthers fully expect running back Jonathan Stewart to play Sunday against San Francisco. SOURCE: Steve Reed, Associated PressFantasy Spin:Knee issues have kept Stewart off the field since Week 14. He'll slide in as a change of pace back behind starter DeAngelo Williams. Both players will cede goal line carries to fullback...
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January 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Panthers practice report: Steve Smith, Jonathan Stewart

Wednesday saw the return of wide receiver Steve Smith and running back Jonathan Stewart to Panthers practice. The pair have been out with knee injuries and were limited in practice, though maybe more so of Stewart. Ron Rivera says Steve smith "wasn't that limited" in practice.— Steve Reed (@SteveReedAP) January 8, 2014Stewart said after practice that he expects...
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January 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Jonathan Stewart Expects To Play vs. 49ers

According to Steve Reed of the Associated Press, Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart (knee) said he expects to play in the divisional playoff game against the 49ers Sunday.Fantasy Spin:Stewart played just six games this season (180 rushing yards), leaving most of the heavy lifting to DeAngelo Williams (843 yards) and red zone work to Mike Tolbert. Stewart probably won't see...
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January 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Rivera: Stopping Kaepernick will be tougher

(Eds: With AP Photos.) By STEVE REED AP Sports Writer Panthers coach Ron Rivera is expecting a few more big plays from San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick this time around. Rivera says that Kaepernick ''didn't play that well'' against Carolina in a regular-season matchup on Nov. 10. The Panthers limited the third-year quarterback to 91 yards passing...
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January 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Newton eager for big stage, wants to be accurate

(Eds: With AP Photos.) By STEVE REED AP Sports Writer Cam Newton knows he'll need to bring his passes down if he wants to thrive in the NFL playoffs. Whether it's leading Auburn to a national championship, throwing for 422 yards in his rookie debut or leading the Carolina Panthers on a last-minute drive to beat Tom Brady and the Patriots on Monday Night Football, Newton...
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January 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Panthers' Greg Hardy awaiting big pay day

(Eds: Updates with quotes, details. With AP Photos.) By STEVE REED AP Sports Writer Greg Hardy knows he made a big impact with his late-season flurry of sacks. ''It's huge,'' he says. The Panthers' defensive end will become an unrestricted free agent in March and is set up for one healthy pay day. Hardy had eight sacks in his final three games and tied...
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January 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Panthers DE Greg Hardy Open To Being Franchised

Panthers DE Greg Hardy told reporters on Wednesday that he has no issues if the team elects to use their franchise tag on him this offseason, per Steve Reed. Typically, players coming off of an incredible season are hoping to maximize their position by securing a long-term contract, but it appears as though Hardy believes things will work out in time. Applying the franchise tag...
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January 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Steve Smith Diagnosed with Speained PCL

An MRI on Steve Smith's left knee revealed a sprained PCL. His status is week-to-week. SOURCE: Steve Reed, Associated PressFantasy Spin:Coach Ron Rivera considers him a long shot to play in Week 17. The 13-year veteran hasn't missed a game since 2010.
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December 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Steve Smith Felt Something Pop in Knee

Carolina wideout Steve Smith said he felt something pop in his knee Sunday against the Saints, according to Steve Reed of the Associated Press.Fantasy Spin:Smith suffered a non-contact left knee injury in the first quarter when Cam Newton overthrew him on a slant. He was walking around fine without crutches after the game and will have an MRI Monday.
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December 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Expansion draft series: 1992- Colorado Rockies

MLB stayed consistent through the 1960 season, with each league having 8 teams. Expansion first came in 1961, with the AL adding the Los Angeles Angels and Washington Senators (the original Washington Senators became the Minnesota Twins and the later Senators became the Texas Rangers in 1972). The NL expanded in 1962, as the New York Mets and Houston Astros joined the NL. Both the...
November 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Panthers WR Smith has no plans to slow down

(Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. With AP Photos.) By STEVE REED AP Sports Writer As Steve Smith continues to vault past Hall of Fame players in the NFL record book, the Panthers' fiery 34-year-old wide receiver says he has no plans to slow down soon. Smith says his goal is to catch 1,000 passes and ''get close to'' 14,000 yards receiving for his career, which...
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November 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Panthers seize momentum with 3-game win streak

The Panthers have a red hot quarterback, a stifling defense and - finally - a winning record following a three-game win streak. Momentum is on their side. And that's a good thing for the Panthers (4-3), who are entering a tough stretch of November games against division rival Atlanta, San Francisco, New England and Miami. Critics will contend the Panthers haven't beaten...
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October 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Panthers' LaFell proves he can do more than catch

(Eds: With AP Photos.) By STEVE REED AP Sports Writer The Panthers are learning just how valuable wide receiver Brandon LaFell is to their offense - and not just when he's catching the football. In Carolina's two wins this season, the Panthers No. 2 receiver has seven catches for 160 yards and three touchdowns. In the Panthers' three losses LaFell has seven catches for...
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October 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Rivera says struggling Panthers lack consistency

(Eds: With AP Photos.) By STEVE REED AP Sports Writer Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Monday his team needs to start playing more consistent football before it's too late. The Panthers are 1-3 for the third straight year under Rivera and run the risk of falling out of playoff contention early just as they did the last two seasons when they began 1-5 and 1-6. Cam Newton turned...
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October 08, 2013  |  Discuss
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