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Cowboys at Panthers Wednesday Injury Report

Practice Report
  Wednesday C Travis Frederick (illness), DE Datone Jones (knee), S Xavier Woods (hamstring)
  Wednesday CB Chidobe Awuzie (back), G Parker Ehinger (knee), S Kavon Frazier (shoulder)
Practice Report
  Wednesday G Brendan Mahon (neck), WR Curtis Samuel (medical illness)
  Wednesday TE Chris Manhertz (foot), G Amini Silatolu (knee), T Daryl Williams (knee)

Panthers LT Matt Kalil Week-To-Week After Knee Scope

The Panthers got some bad news on the injury front on Wednesday, as Pro Football Rumors reports that left tackle Matt Kalil is week to week after a knee scope.

Here’s the report:

Panthers left tackle Matt Kalil is week-to-week after undergoing a knee scope, according to David Newton of Tom Pelissero of (Twitter link) first reported Kalil would seek a second opinion on his knee from renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews.

Kalil, 29, has been durable for most of his NFL tenure: while he missed 14 games with a hip injury in 2016, he’s played in all 16 games in every other season of his career. His current knee injury been hampering him during training camp, and given his week-to-week diagnosis, it’s unclear if Kalil will be available for the start of the regular season.

Panthers DE Julius Peppers Starting Training Camp on PUP List

The Panthers are set to open their 2018 training camp, but a few players will not be on the playing field right away, starting camp on the PUP list.

Among them is defensive end Julius Peppers, who is coming back from offseason shoulder surgery.

Here’s a list of the players of who will be out to start camp.

Panthers QB Cam Newton a Dad Once Again

Saturday morning, Kia Proctor, Cam Newton’s longtime girlfriend, let the world know some inside news that no doubt will inspire Newton even more before training camp begins July 26 in Spartanburg, Mike Reader of the Charlotte Observer reports.

According to Proctor’s subtle Instagram post Saturday, Newton became a father again sometime Friday, this time a boy. The official Panthers Twitter feed confirmed the news by tweeting her Instagram post with the words: “Congratulations to Cam and his family on their newest addition”.

Details about his second son, including his name, remain sparse. Proctor’s post had more than 10,000 likes at about 6 p.m. Saturday.

Newton and Proctor have an older son, Chosen Sebastian Newton, who’ll turn 3 on Christmas Eve, and a daughter, Sovereign-Dior Cambella Newton, born in February 2017.

Report: Panthers and RT Daryl Williams Nowhere Near a New Deal

The Panthers’ contract negotiations with representatives for right tackle Daryl Williams face a “monster gap” financially between the player and the team, Jourdan Rodrigue of the Charlotte Observer reports.

A league source said Tuesday that it would be “shocking” if a contract extension happened for Williams before training camp in July.

Williams, a fourth-round pick out of Oklahoma in 2015, is eligible for an extension before training camp. He started all 16 games for the Panthers last season and played every offensive snap, finishing the year as Pro Football Focus’ highest-rated right tackle and with second-team All-Pro honors.

Williams said last week that he’s focused on staying healthy — and his upcoming vacation in the Dominican Republic.

But he also made it clear that he’d love to stay with the organization.

“I love the Panthers, I love the organization (and) I love Charlotte,” he said. “I hope I can finish the rest of my career here.”

Panthers Coach Ron Rivera Closes the Door on Bringing Back QB Derek Anderson

Panthers head coach Ron Rivera seemed to close the door Tuesday on the prospect of re-signing veteran free agent quarterback Derek Anderson according to Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer.

Anderson has been the backup in Carolina for the last seven seasons, and general manager Marty Hurney said the team talked to him earlier this offseason about returning to that role. Rivera says, however, that he expects Cam Newton’s backup to come from the group of quarterbacks currently on the roster.

Garrett Gilbert, originally a sixth-round pick out of SMU by the Los Angeles Rams, is currently the favorite to win the backup job but it should be noted that neither Gilbert nor any of the other QBs on the Panthers roster other than Newton have ever thrown a regular season pass in the NFL.

Anderson, a 12-year NFL veteran, turns 35 years old on June 15. He has thus far garnered no other interest on the free agent market.

Panthers Captains and Leaders Meet with New Owner Over New Anthem Policy

Panthers team captains and leaders met with new owner David Tepper on Wednesday in Charlotte, a team source told the Jourdan Rodrigue and Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer.

The source spoke on condition of anonymity because the meeting was private.

Among the topics addressed was a policy the NFL announced Wednesday stating that teams can be fined by the league if players don’t stand up on the field during the national anthem before games. The policy states that players may remain in the locker room during the anthem if they choose.

The policy drew national criticism and was condemned by the NFL Players Association, whose governing members said neither they nor other players were consulted prior to the announcement by the league.

No Panthers players knelt during the national anthem last season. Veteran defensive end Julius Peppers elected to remain inside the locker room during the anthem in September, a few days after Trump’s comments.

Tepper was approved as Carolina’s new owner unanimously by other owners on Tuesday, a week after the Observer reported his $2.275 billion acquisition of the Panthers ($2.2 billion in cash).

Tepper can’t vote on NFL policy until July when the sale closes and he officially assumes control of the team.

He has previously been outspoken against Trump, but details of his conversation with Panthers players have not been disclosed.

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