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Panthers Place Eight Players on Reserve/COVID-19 List

The Panthers announced on Monday afternoon that they’ve placed eight players on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Placed on the list by Carolina includes wide receivers DJ Moore and Curtis Samuel, defensive tackles Derrick Brown and Zach Kerr, linebacker Shaq Thompson, tackle Greg Little, and punter Michael Palardy.

The eighth player is wide receiver Ishmael Hyman, who is on the practice squad. The Panthers didn’t disclose if any players had tested positive for COVID-19 or if they were determined to be high-risk contacts of someone who had tested positive. Either scenario could land a player on the list.

It’s unknown if the players on the list will be able to play in Sunday’s home game against the Denver Broncos. Running back Christian McCaffrey is expected to play in the game against Denver, as coach Matt Rhule says that the young back should be healthy enough to play.

Christian McCaffrey Expected to Play Sunday According to Panthers Coach Matt Rhule

The 4-8 Panthers could get a massive boost this week as they play host to the Denver Broncos, as coach Matt Rhule says he expects running back Christian McCaffrey to be healthy enough to play.

Carolina, coming off a bye week, have the Broncos at home, then go to Green Bay, play at Washington and close out the 2020 slate at home against the New Orleans Saints.

McCaffrey has been nursing a high ankle sprain as well as shoulder injury, but was able to take part, albeit in a limited capacity, in practice leading up to the team’s loss a week ago Sunday against Minnesota.

“There’s nothing to make me think he’s not (going to play),” Rhule said.

“Just a matter of if he feels like he can go.”

In a rather odd stat, the Panthers are 0-3 with McCaffrey and 4-5 in games he has missed, but there is no doubt that the team is that much better with the 24-year-old out there.

In 2020 McCaffery has rushed for just 225 yards with five touchdowns after his injury woes began in week two.

Panthers QB Bridgewater Likely to Sit Sunday’s Game

The Panthers look like they are going to have to turn to P.J. Walker or Will Grier at quarterback this week, as the team does not appear confident that Teddy Bridgewater is healthy enough to play against the Lions.

NFL Media reports that that Bridgewater is not likely to play in the week 11 game, this after he was hurt last week with an MCL sprain.

He’s been a limited participant in practice this week.

Panthers head coach Matt Rhule has yet to say who will start at quarterback, but evidently feels that Walker or Grier will give the team a better shot to win than a less than 100 percent Bridgewater.

Panthers Have a Long List of Injuries for Sunday’s Game Against Detroit

The Panthers were back on the practice field Wednesday as they start prep for their Sunday showdown at home against the Detroit Lions.

The team was without a number of key players for the practice, and while they are hopeful some of them may return for the NFC showdown, it’s unlikely that some of them will be able to go Sunday.

Here is the first injury report for the week for Carolina:

Player Injury Wed Thu Fri Status
RB Christian McCaffrey Shoulder DNP
G John Miller Knee/ankle DNP
CB Donte Jackson Toe DNP
LB Tahir Whitehead Rib DNP
QB Teddy Bridgewater Knee Limited
OT Russell Okung Calf Limited
TE Chris Manhertz Shoulder Limited
S Sam Franklin Ankle Limited
DE Yetur Gross-Matos Shoulder Limited
DE Marquis Haynes Shoulder Limited
RB Mike Davis Thumb Full

Coach Matt Rhule says that the Panthers will be without McCaffrey, Jackson or Okung for Sunday’s game against Detroit

The other big name to watch is Teddy Bridgewater, who suffered a mild MCL sprain late in last week’s loss to the Buccaneers when he was tackled from behind on a sack by Jason Pierre-Paul.

His playing status is very much up in the air for Sunday’s 1pm game.

Video: 3-7 Panthers Host Stafford and the Lions Sunday at Home

Sunday the Panthers were torched at home by Tom Brady and the Bucs in a NFC South showdown, and this week they will host another very good QB in Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions.

The Panthers enter play at 3-7 with a number of key injuries in the game, as they look to improve on their 1-4 mark at home in 2020.

Here’s the official preview from

Panthers QB Bridgewater’s MRI on Knee Shows No Damage, McCaffrey Likely Out Vs Lions

The Panthers might be without both starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and top running back Christian McCaffrey next Sunday against the Lions.

An MRI showed no structural damage in Bridgewater’s right knee, a source told Chris Mortensen of ESPN, but the quarterback is experiencing soreness and swelling and his status for Sunday’s game is uncertain.

McCaffrey, meanwhile, is unlikely to play against the Lions due to his shoulder injury, which sidelined him for Sunday’s loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Panthers Thoughts: Apple Sent Packing, McCaffrey Returns, Working on a Short Week

Sitting at 3-4 after seven games, the Panthers are working on a short week as they get ready to kickoff week eight in the NFL as they will be home to take on the Falcons Thursday night.

The club had a great chance to flip that record into being 4-3, but they couldn’t close out the Saints Sunday in the SuperDome, and even a desperation field goal from 65 yards out probably wasn’t the smartest choice by Matt Rhule and the coaches to try and tie the game up.

Even so, the way things looked this offseason being 3-4 seven games in with this young team is probably better or as good as anyone really expected.

Here’s a couple things on the Panthers docket as the team gets ready for Thursday.

* Apple Shown the Door

The Panthers said “so long” Tuesday to often injured cornerback Eli Apple, who signed a one-year, $3 million deal in May, but he was active for only two games due to injuries.

He left the team’s practice on Tuesday with yet another hamstring issue, and that seemed to be the final straw.

There was no doubt that it was not a match made in heaven, and that despite the Panthers getting Apple for a discounted price, it simply wasn’t going to work out with Apple not able to stay healthy.

* Christian Back to Work

Sunday against the Saints, the Panthers managed just 37 yards on 14 carries, a 2.6 yards per carry average, with a long of seven yards.

Those numbers should go up dramatically this Thursday as the team welcomes back leading rusher and the best overall player on the team, Christian McCaffery.

It will be a huge boost to get McCaffery back after missing the last five games with an ankle injury.

“We let him know we’re pulling the trigger on this thing,” Panthers coach Matt Rhule said.

“He was excited and exhilarated to be there today. I know he wants to play. He’s also a process guy and knows you can’t shortcut the process.”

Expect to see a LOT of McCaffery on Thursday against a very bad Falcons defense.

* All Eyes on Thursday

The Panthers 2020 slate will get very tough the two weeks after they take on the Falcons this Thursday, as the team will play at Kansas City against the Super Bowl champion Chiefs on November 8th, and then the week after they will play at home against Tom Brady and the Bucs.

The two games after that feature the Lions and Vikings, but the team cannot afford a letdown against the 1-6 Falcons this week.

One thing that the Panthers have to remember is that the Falcons only win has come on the road, so they can’t just assume to throw their helmets on the field and it’ll be a win.

Look for the Panthers defense to make it a long night for the Falcons offense, but the Cats have to be aware at all times where Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley are.

Photo Gallery: Panthers Cheerleaders to Get You Through the Work Day

It’s always good to get a chance to check out some of the beautiful ladies that are roaming the sidelines at Panthers games these days to brighten up your afternoon!

Today we give you some pics of some of the best Panthers cheerleaders – the “Top Cats” as they are called who take center stage each and every week!


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