Panthers Waive WR Jason Avant; Place RT Nate Chandler On IR

The Panthers announced they have waived veteran wide receiver Jason Avant and have placed starting right tackle Nate Chandler on injured reserve with a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee.

Their spots on the 53-man roster have been filled by wide receiver/cornerback De’Andre Presley and running back Mike Tolbert. Presley was promoted from the practice squad, while Tolbert was added from the injured reserve/designated for return list.

Avant, whom the Panthers signed in the offseason to bring a veteran presence to the wide receiver position, ranks fourth on the team with 21 catches for 201 yards. Over the last five games, however, he had just four catches for 22 yards.

Avant spent his first eight seasons with the Eagles before being released in March. The Panthers signed him in April. For his career, he has 318 receptions for 3,847 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Chandler, who started all 11 games at right tackle this season, underwent an MRI on his knee Monday after developing swelling in the aftermath of Sunday’s loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

Panthers Rally, Fall Short In 19-17 Loss To Falcons

Atlanta Falcons v Carolina Panthers

A season of disaster keeps getting worse for the Panthers, as Sunday they had multiple chances to knock off the Falcons at home, only to fall 19-17.

The Cats have lost five in a row, are 3-7-1, and unless they can pull off a miracle, they should probably make New Year’s plans as they won’t be playing past December 28th.

The Panthers battled back from 13 points down in the fourth quarter to take the lead, but after giving up the lead, Graham Gano missed two field goals that could have possibly pulled out the win.

Gano missed a 46-yard field goal try with 1:27 remaining that would have given Carolina a lead and had a 63-yarder for the win blocked as time expired.

The crazy thing in the division that no one wants to take, had the Panthers won, they would have taken sole possession of first place.

Matt Ryan threw for 268 yards and a touchdown, Matt Bryant added four field goals for Atlanta, who built a 16-3 lead until Cam Newton and the Panthers woke up.

Rookie Kelvin Benjamin made a juggling 22-yard touchdown catch in the left corner of the end zone to give the Panthers some life to make it 16-10.

On the next possession, another rookie receiver, Philly Brown, got behind cornerback Robert McClain and caught a 47-yard score as he fell back into the end zone to briefly give the Panthers a 17-16 lead.

Bryant’s 44-yard field goal with 2:08 left put Atlanta ahead for good, as the Panthers couldn’t get Gano closer than 44 yards for a field goal shot.

“We keep getting opportunities and at some point, if it’s important to us, we have to take advantage of it,” center Ryan Kalil said.

Newton overcame two early interceptions to throw for 292 yards, but it wasn’t enough.

The Panthers get a week off next week, then will play at Minnesota November 30th.

Panthers vs Eagles Friday Injury Report

Practice Report
Thursday CB Bene’ Benwikere (ankle), G Trai Turner (ankle)
Friday CB Bene’ Benwikere (ankle), G Trai Turner (ankle)
Thursday DT Dwan Edwards (knee), DT Kawann Short (ankle)
Friday DT Dwan Edwards (knee), DT Kawann Short (ankle)
Thursday WR Corey Brown (concussion)
Friday WR Corey Brown (concussion)
Practice Report
Thursday QB Nick Foles (collarbone)
Friday QB Nick Foles (collarbone)
Thursday S Nate Allen (hamstring), CB Nolan Carroll (groin), C Jason Kelce (hernia), LB Mychal Kendricks (calf), WR Jeff Maehl (foot), G Evan Mathis (knee), WR Brad Smith (groin)
Friday S Nate Allen (hamstring), CB Nolan Carroll (groin), C Jason Kelce (hernia), LB Mychal Kendricks (calf), WR Jeff Maehl (foot), G Evan Mathis (knee), WR Brad Smith (groin)

Seahawks vs Panthers NFL Week 8 Capsule



COACHES VS. OPP. Carroll: 3-0 Rivera: 0-2
LAST WEEK L 28-26 at Rams L 38-17 at Packers
LAST GAME 9/8/13: Seahawks 12 at Panthers 7. Seattle WR Jermaine Kearse catches 43-yard TD pass from QB Russell Wilson. Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin adds 7 catches for 91 yards.
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Jenny Dell (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 139 (Sea.) 126 (Car.). XM: 232 (Car.).


PASSING Wilson: 115-175-1291-10-2-101.9 (3C) Newton: 125-206-1472-8-3-89.3
RUSHING Lynch: 97-420-4.3-3 (T3C) Newton (QB): 38-190-5.0-1
RECEIVING Baldwin: 23-310-13.5-1 Olsen (TE): 41-493-12.0-5
OFFENSE 357.0 342.0
TAKE/GIVE +1 +4 (T3C)
DEFENSE 324.0 388.3
SACKS Bennett: 3 Addison: 4
INTs Chancellor, Maxwell: 1 Harper: 3 (T1C)
PUNTING Ryan: 45.2 Nortman: 48.8 (2L)
KICKING Hauschka: 49 (16/16 PAT; 11/12 FG) Gano: 54 (15/15 PAT; 13/15 FG)


SEAHAWKS: QB RUSSELL WILSON has won both career starts vs. Car. In last meeting, had 320 pass yards & 115.7 rating. Last week, passed for 313 yards (110.1 rating) & rushed for 106 yards, 1st QB in NFL history with 300+ pass & 100+ rush yards in game. Aims for 4th in row with rush TD & has 100+ rush yards in 2 of past 3 games…In 12/5/10 meeting, RB MARSHAWN LYNCH rushed for 3 TDs, tied for his most in game. Has TD in 8 of past 10 (incl. playoffs) & has 11 TDs in those 10 (8 rush, 3 rec.)…WR DOUG BALDWIN had 7 catches for 91 yards in last meeting. Had 7 catches for 123 yards & TD last week. WR JERMAINE KEARSE had 43-yard TD in last meeting. TE COOPER HELFET had 1st career TD last week…Since entering league in 2011, CB RICHARD SHERMAN leads NFL with 20 INTs. LB BOBBY WAGNER had sack in 10/7/12 game vs. Car. Leads team with 50 tackles. S KAM CHANCELLOR & LB K.J. WRIGHT tie for 2nd on club with 44 tackles. DE MICHAEL BENNETT has sack in 3 of past 4 meetings. LB BRUCE IRVIN had 2 sacks & FF in last game vs. Car. In last meeting, S EARL THOMAS & CB BYRON MAXWELL each had FF. LB MALCOLM SMITH had 10 tackles & FF last week…PANTHERS: QB CAM NEWTON has won 9 of past 10 starts at home. In those 10, has 98.3 rating, 16 pass TDs & 3 rush TDs…RB DE ANGELO WILLIAMS had 100 scrimmage yards (86 rush, 14 rec.) in last meeting. RB JONATHAN STEWART rushed for 92 yards & TD in 12/5/10 meeting…In 1/16/11 Div. Playoff vs. Sea. (with Chi.), TE GREG OLSEN had 3 catches for 113 yards (37.7 avg.) & TD (58 yards). Had 8 catches for 105 yards last week. Leads team with 5 rec. TDs, his 7th consecutive season with 5+ TDs. WR KELVIN BENJAMIN leads NFL rookies with 477 rec. yards & 5 rec. TDs. WR JERRICHO COTCHERY had 6 catches for 81 yards in his last game vs. Sea. (12/21/08 with NYJ). LB LUKE KUECHLY has 20 tackles in 2 meetings & had INT in 10/7/12 game vs. Sea. Since entering NFL in 2012, leads league with 402 tackles. LB THOMAS DAVIS had sack last week. DE CHARLES JOHNSON had sack, FF & FR in last game vs. Sea. Had sack last week. S ROMAN HARPER has 2 sacks, FF & FR in 3 meetings. Ties for NFC lead with 3 INTs. DT DWAN EDWARDS ties for 4th in NFC by DT with 3 sacks.

Poll: NFL Week 7 NFC Battle – Panthers Take On The Packers

Green Bay Packers v Carolina Panthers

NFL Week Seven Capsule – Panthers Battle The Packers in Green Bay



STREAKS   2 of past 3
COACHES VS. OPP. Rivera: 0-1 McCarthy: 2-1
LAST WEEK T 37-37 (OT) at Bengals W 27-24 at Dolphins
LAST GAME 9/18/11: Packers 30 at Panthers 23. Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers throws for 308 yards & 2 TDs. Packers WR Jordy Nelson catches 84-yard TD with 2:14 remaining.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/30/08: Panthers 35, Packers 31. Carolina RB DeAngelo Williams rushes for 72 yards & 4 TDs. Panthers LB Jon Beason has 11 tackles & INT.
BROADCAST FOX (12:00 PM CT): Sam Rosen, John Lynch, Pam Oliver (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 132 (Car.), 84 (GB). XM: 230 (GB).


PASSING Newton:108-175-1267-7-2-92.3
  1. Rodgers: 122-189-1419-15 (1C)-1-111.4 (1C)
RUSHING Newton (QB): 31-149-4.8-1 Lacy: 80-306-3.8-3 (T2C)
RECEIVING Olsen (TE): 33-388-11.8-5 (T2C) Nelson: 43 (3L)-632 (1L)-14.7-5 (T2C)
OFFENSE 343.8 319.2
TAKE/GIVE +5 (T3C) +9 (T1L)
DEFENSE 392.5 368.0
SACKS Addison: 4 Daniels: 2.5
INTs Harper: 3 (T1L) Shields: 2
PUNTING Nortman: 47.5 (3C) Masthay: 45.3
KICKING Gano: 49 (13/13 PAT; 12/14 FG) Crosby: 39 (18/18 PAT; 7/8 FG)


PANTHERS: In only meeting, QB CAM NEWTON passed for 432 yards & had pass & rush TD. Newton (2) & PEYTON MANNING (3) are only active QBs with 2+ games with 400+ pass yards, pass TD & rush TD. Last week, passed for 284 yards with 2 TDs & rushed for 107 yards with TD…RB FOZZY WHITTAKER had rush TD last week. In last game vs. GB, RB JONATHAN STEWART had career-high 8 catches & 100 rec. yards…TE GREG OLSEN had TD last week & leads team with 5 TDs, his 7th consecutive season with 5+ TDs. WR KELVIN BENJAMIN leads NFL rookies with 416 rec. yards & 4 rec. TDs. Had TD last week. WR JERRICHO COTCHERY has 89- & 99-yard rec. games in 3 career meetings. WR JASON AVANT had 7 catches for 93 yards & TD (24 yards) in 1/9/11 WC game vs. GB (with Phi.)…Since entering NFL in 2012, LB LUKE KUECHLY leads league with 394 tackles. DE CHARLES JOHNSON had sack in last meeting. Aims for 3rd in row vs. GB with sack or FR. S ROMAN HARPER aims for 3rd in row with INT. Ties for NFL lead with 3 INTs… PACKERS: QB AARON RODGERS passed for 308 yards, 2 TDs & 119.9 rating in last meeting. Leads NFC with 111.4 rating & 15 TDs. Is only player in NFL history with 15 TDs & 1 or 0 INTs in 1st 6 team games…RB EDDIE LACY has 3 rush TDs in past 3. RB JAMES STARKS rushed for 85 yards on 9 att. for 9.4 avg. in last meeting…WR-PR RANDALL COBB leads NFC with 7 rec. TDs. Has TD in 5 of 6 games in 2014. WR JORDY NELSON leads NFL with 632 rec. yards & is 2nd among WRs with 43 catches. Has 5 TDs in past 5. Since 2011, Nelson is 1 of 2 in NFL with 3,000+ yards (3,954), 30+ rec. TDs (35) & 16+ avg. (16.1). Had 84-yard TD catch in last meeting, 1 of 5 career 75+ yard rec. TDs…LB JULIUS PEPPERS was No. 2 overall pick by Car. in 2002. Played 8 season for Car. & had franchise-record 81 sacks & 30 FFs. Only player in NFL history with 100+ sacks (120) & 10+ INTs (10). LB CLAY MATTHEWS had sack in last meeting. Since 2010 (incl. playoffs), CB TRAMON WILLIAMS ties for 1st in NFL with 20 INTs & CB SAM SHIELDS is 4th with 19 INTs.

Panthers vs Bengals Wednesday Injury Report


Practice Report



T Byron Bell (toe), CB Bene’ Benwikere (ankle), LB Thomas Davis (elbow), DT Dwan Edwards (not injury related), S Roman Harper (not injury related), CB Josh Norman (concussion), TE Greg Olsen (ankle), RB Darrin Reaves (hip), RB Jonathan Stewart (knee), RB DeAngelo Williams (ankle)


Practice Report



LB Sean Porter (knee)



WR Marvin Jones (ankle), G Mike Pollak (knee), LB Vincent Rey (calf), DT Brandon Thompson (knee)



WR A.J. Green (toe), S George Iloka (abdomen), LB Rey Maualuga (shoulder), G Kevin Zeitler (calf)



LB Vontaze Burfict (concussion)

Poll: Panthers vs Bengals – Who Wins the Week 6 Matchup?

Carolina Panthers v Cincinnati Bengals

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