Coach: Not a big deal that Cam Newton isn’t throwing yet

Football 05/22/19, 12:35

Panthers coach Ron Rivera says he's not concerned that Cam Newton still isn't throwing a football nearly four months after his starting quarterback had surgery on his right shoulder.Rivera says Newton sitting out of passing drills is "a really big not-that-big-of-a-deal."Newton underwent an "arthroscopic procedure" Jan. 24 after struggling to ...

Panthers coach visits SC capitol as incentives considered

Football 04/11/19, 13:10

South Carolina lawmakers take time to honor their sports heroes almost daily, but Thursday's welcome to the Carolina Panthers carried higher stakes: Some legislators are trying to entice the North Carolina team to move its practice facility and headquarters across state lines.Panthers coach Ron Rivera told reporters he enjoyed the ...

Carolina QB Cam Newton has surgery on throwing shoulder

Sports 01/24/19, 17:47

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has had arthroscopic surgery on his right throwing shoulder.The team announced Newton's rehabilitation process will begin immediately and no timetable listed for when he can begin throwing again.The procedure was successfully performed by Panthers team physician Pat Connor.Carolina still has not disclosed the exact nature of ...

Panthers coach Ron Rivera expects he will be back in 2019

Football 12/31/18, 10:51

Ron Rivera says he expects to be back coaching the Panthers next season following a conversation with owner David Tepper.Rivera said Monday "that's my assumption because of our conversations talking about going forward. We will continue doing that."The Panthers started the season 6-2, but the two-time NFL Coach of the ...

Changes expected for aging Panthers after 7-game skid

Football 12/23/18, 19:22

Now that the Panthers have lost seven straight games and have been officially eliminated from playoff contention, the biggest question remaining is who'll be around next season.Carolina (6-9) is expected to undergo some major changes after a season in which it started 6-2 but then appeared to grow old almost ...

Reid’s coach, teammates annoyed at latest random drug test

Football 12/20/18, 16:31

While Eric Reid is "not surprised" he's been drug tested by the NFL six times in the past 11 weeks, his Panthers teammates and coaches are growing increasingly annoyed at the frequency of the league's "random" drug testing policy.Coach Ron Rivera quipped Thursday at his news conference that "if my ...

Panthers sitting QB Newton; Heinicke to start vs. Falcons

Football 12/19/18, 15:21

The Panthers are shutting down quarterback Cam Newton for at least one game and possibly the remainder of the season due to a lingering right shoulder problem.Coach Ron Rivera said Taylor Heinicke will make his first career start when Carolina hosts the Falcons on Sunday. Newton will be inactive.Rivera said ...

Panthers’ Rivera says his future up to owner David Tepper

Football 12/18/18, 12:52

Ron Rivera says he wants to return to coach the Panthers next season. He is just not sure if he'll get that chance.Carolina is in the midst of a colossal collapse, losing six straight games following a 6-2 start. Rivera addressed questions about his job security Tuesday, saying "I can't ...

Panthers must decide whether it’s time to sit ailing Newton

Football 12/18/18, 01:28

It's come to the point in the season where the Carolina Panthers must make the difficult decision of whether or not to sit Cam Newton.With the postseason a longshot at best following a six-game losing streak and the former league MVP seemingly unable to throw the ball more than 20 ...

Panthers’ Rivera clinging to slim playoff hopes, Saints next

Football 12/11/18, 11:40

Ron Rivera is clinging to the slim hope the Panthers can rebound from a five-game losing streak, beat the Saints twice in three weeks and earn a wild card spot in the NFC playoffs.The coach understands the chances of all of that happening are remote at best."There's a chance — ...

Mayfield, Browns send Panthers to fifth straight loss

Football 12/09/18, 16:31

Baker Mayfield outplayed Cam Newton, Jarvis Landry caught a touchdown pass and ran for another score and the Cleveland Browns damaged Carolina's playoff hopes with a 26-20 win Sunday over the Panthers, who dropped their fifth straight.Mayfield bravely threw a 51-yard TD pass into traffic to Landry, who had a ...

Newton says he’ll be ready to play vs Browns; coach unsure

Football 12/05/18, 15:42

Cam Newton insists he'll be ready to play against the Browns despite lingering pain in his throwing shoulder.Panthers coach Ron Rivera wasn't quite as certain Wednesday saying, "We'll see. We're not even to Friday."More than 20 months after having surgery to repair a partially torn rotator cuff in his right ...

Ron Rivera takes over defensive play-calling for Panthers

Sports 12/03/18, 12:57

Desperate to shake things up amid a four-game losing streak, Panthers coach Ron Rivera announced Monday he is taking over defensive playing calling dutiesIn addition to demoting defenisvie coordinator Eric Washington, the Panthers also fired defensive line coach Brady Hoke and assistant secondary/cornerbacks coach Jeff Imamura. The moves were announced ...

Panthers go for 2 and fail late and lose 20-19 to Lions

Football 11/18/18, 16:21

Cam Newton threw an incomplete pass on a 2-point conversion with 1:07 left, letting the Detroit Lions hold on for a 20-19 win over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.Newton had time and receiver Jarius Wright open in the end zone, but the star quarterback sailed the pass high. Carolina coach ...

Rivera: Anderson’s frustration over role led to release

Football 11/13/18, 19:26

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said C.J. Anderson's frustration with his smaller-than-expected role on offense contributed to the team's decision to release the former 1,000-yard rusher midway through the season.Rivera said he spoke recently to Anderson and could sense the veteran running back's frustration over not being more involved in Carolina's ...

Rivera tells Panthers to get away from football after loss

Football 11/09/18, 17:28

Panthers coach Ron Rivera wants his players to get away from football, just for a little while.A day after a humiliating 52-21 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Carolina's eighth-year coach said it may just be what the Panthers need."Sometimes the best medicine is to forget about it and then come ...

WRs Moore, Samuel bring ‘different dimension’ to Panthers

Football 11/05/18, 15:57

D.J. Moore has a running joke with Curtis Samuel before every game about which of the young Panthers receivers is "going to go off" that day.Recently it's been one or the other with a big game — and sometimes both.The two versatile and dangerous speedsters — Moore is a rookie, ...

A half-dozen NFL coaches worthy of praise this season

Football 10/29/18, 03:23

Some fans are shaking their heads in wonderment at the performances of some first-year head coaches who keep on losing. Others are campaigning to get rid of an incumbent.Yet there's an impressive number of men doing terrific jobs who deserve to be praised as we approach the halfway mark of ...

D.J. Moore latest playmaker to emerge for balanced Panthers

Football 10/29/18, 03:06

It was D.J. Moore's turn to be a young standout for the Carolina Panthers.The Panthers' first-round draft pick from Maryland had a team-high five receptions for 90 yards and also gained 39 yards on electrifying runs on back-to-back plays, including a 28-yard dash around right end that proved to be ...

Panthers going to hurry-up offense? Not so fast, says Rivera

Football 10/22/18, 22:08

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton loves playing in the no-huddle, hurry-up offense, calling it "our edge."Tight Greg Olsen believes Newton excels in an upbeat offense.But coach Ron Rivera pumped the breaks on the notion that the Panthers should shift to an up-tempo style offense for four quarters after erasing a 17-point ...

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