Cam Newton Sits to Start Game vs Seattle Due to Dress Code Violation

Cam Newton

The Panthers blowout loss to the Seahawks was complete with their starting quarterback having to miss the first series of the game due to a dress code violation.

Cam Newton sat the bench to start the game in place of backup Derek Anderson, who went and threw a pick on his first pass attempt on a throw intended for Mike Tolbert.

Word is Newton didn’t wear a tie, which is a team violation. It didn’t matter much who played, as the Panthers were never in the game in the tough loss to the Seahwks.

Panthers Place Center Ryak Kalil and Backup Gino Gradkowski on IR

Ryan Kalil

The Panthers have placed two-time All-Pro center Ryan Kalil and his primary backup Gino Gradkowski on injured reserve, further weakening an offensive line that has been decimated by injuries this season, the Associated Press reports.

Carolina signed free agent center Ryan Wendell and offensive tackle Dan France from the Cleveland Browns practice squad on Tuesday to fill out the 53-man roster.

Kalil had missed three of the past four games with a shoulder injury. Gradkowski recently injured his knee.

Tyler Larsen, who filled in at center on Sunday against the Oakland Raiders, is expected to start this week at center when the Panthers visit the Seattle Seahawks.

The Panthers previously lost left tackle Michael Oher to a season-ending concussion and backup offensive tackle Daryl Williams injured his leg on Sunday.

Panthers Can’t Rally Late; Fall to 4-7 After 35-32 Loss to Raiders in Oakland

Carolina Panthers v Oakland Raiders

Derek Carr came back from an injured pinkie to lead another fourth-quarter comeback and the Raiders won their fifth straight game, beating the Panthers 35-32 on Sunday.

Carr threw for 315 yards and two touchdowns despite missing a series after the injury, leading the Raiders (9-2) back from an eight-point deficit in the fourth quarter to clinch their first winning season since 2002.

After leading a game-tying drive earlier in the fourth quarter, Carr hit Michael Crabtree on a 49-yard pass on third-and-9 from the 14 to help set up Sebastian Janikowski’s 23-yard field goal with 1:45 left that gave Oakland the lead.

Cam Newton led the Panthers (4-7) into Oakland territory on the final drive but Greg Olsen dropped a pass on third down that would have put Carolina in field goal range and Khalil Mack stripped Newton on a fourth-down sack to seal the win.

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Cam Newton Says NFL Players Have Earned the Right to Celebrate During Games

Cam Newton

Cam Newton said NFL players are “owed” the opportunity to celebrate after big plays, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.

The reigning Most Valuable Player said Tuesday he has no idea if the NFL’s sinking TV ratings early this season are tied to the league’s crackdown on celebrations, but the man who made “the dab” famous agrees with others players that they should be allowed to express themselves.

“The league has to understand it’s entertaining to see that,” Newton said.

Newton, whose Panthers host the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night, said he tuned into Monday night’s game to see how New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. would celebrate if he scored a touchdown. Beckham didn’t disappoint, doing his best impersonation of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” dance, prompting a giddy Newton to imitate Beckham’s dance from behind the podium.

Beckham wasn’t flagged for excessive celebration, but some players have been this season.

“If it was up to me, there would be no type of….” Newton said, before breaking into a wide smile. “You’re asking a person who celebrates. But it’s fun. It’s like when a person gets a sack, I try not to look to see what they do, but it’s all in the game.”

Newton grew up in Atlanta watching Deion Sanders high-step into the end zone and still remembers wanting to wear a bandanna like the old Miami Dolphins so he could look cool.

Given how hard NFL players work leading up to games — “we’re here until 10 at night and back in at 6 a.m.,” he said — they deserve to let loose when a play goes as planned.

“All of that bottled up inside of you and being able to do exactly what you planned and foresaw yourself doing, you are owed something,” Newton said. “Some people let it out with a celebration. Some people let it out in different way. It’s a give and take thing. But it’s kind of reciprocated feeling when a fan goes to see their favorite player and sees them celebrating.”

Newton said people stop him all of the time out when he’s out in public and want to talk about his first down celebrations or doing the “dab” after a touchdown — mostly stuff that doesn’t involve actual plays on the field.

“The little nuances of the game, people can’t get enough of,” Newton said. “I know I can’t.”

Panthers Blow 17-Point Lead; Fall to 3-6 Following 20-17 Loss to Chiefs

Kansas City Chiefs v Carolina Panthers

Marcus Peters stripped Kelvin Benjamin with 20 seconds left, Cairo Santos kicked a 37-yard field goal as time expired, and the Chiefs overcame a 17-point deficit to top the Panthers 20-17 on Sunday.

The game was tied when Benjamin caught a pass from Cam Newton, and Peters ripped the ball from his arms. Santos’ fourth field goal of the day split the uprights, lifting the Chiefs (7-2) to their fifth straight victory and 17th win in their last 19 games.

Eric Berry also returned a Newton interception 42 yards for a touchdown as Kansas City’s defense came up with big plays when needed. Alex Smith threw for 178 yards and Spencer Ware ran for 61 yards for the Chiefs, who failed to score an offensive touchdown.

Newton threw for 261 yards and a touchdown and ran for 54 yards and a score for the Panthers (3-6).

The game turned late in the third quarter when Chris Jones sacked Newton for a 12-yard loss on third-and-18 at the Kansas City 28, taking the Panthers out of field goal range. Instead of making it a three-possession game, the Panthers were forced to punt.

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Chiefs at Panthers NFL Week 10 Capsule



STREAKS   2 of past 3
COACHES VS. OPP. Andy Reid: 4-2 Ron Rivera: 0-1
LAST WEEK W 19-14 vs. Jacksonville W 13-10 at Los Angeles
LAST GAME 12/2/12: Panthers 21 at Chiefs 27. Kansas City QB Brady Quinn passes for 201 & 2 TDs for 132.1 rating. Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles rushes for 127 yards.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/5/08: Panthers 34, Chiefs 0. Carolina RB DeAngelo Williams rushes for 123 yards & 2 TDs. Panthers QB Jake Delhomme passes for 236 yards & 2 TDs for 111.2 rating.
REFEREE Carl Cheffers
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Evan Washburn (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 112 (KC), 81 (Car). XM: 384 (KC), 225 (Car).


PASSING Alex Smith: 154-233-1638-8-2-94.3 Cam Newton: 138-239-1733-9-6-82.5
RUSHING Spencer Ware: 102-511-5.0-2 Jonathan Stewart: 79-295-3.7-4
RECEIVING Travis Kelce (TE): 39-435-11.2-3 Greg Olsen (TE): 45-673-15.0-3
OFFENSE 342.4 369.9
TAKE/GIVE +13 (1L) -6
DEFENSE 369.3 363.5
SACKS Dee Ford: 9 (T3L) Star Lotulelei: 4
INTs Marcus Peters: 5 (T1L) Thomas Davis: 2
PUNTING Dustin Colquitt: 45.6 Andy Lee: 49.3
KICKING Cairo Santos: 71 (17/18 PAT; 18/21 FG) Graham Gano: 60 (18/20 PAT; 14/18 FG)


CHIEFS: Aim for 5th win in row…In past 4 vs. NFC, QB ALEX SMITH has 6 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 100.4 rating. Aims for 3rd in row with 100+ rating vs. NFC. QB NICK FOLES has 410 pass yards & 3 TDs for 105.9 rating in past 2…RB SPENCER WARE ranks 3rd in NFL averaging 117.7 scrimmage yards per game. Has 130+ scrimmage yards in 2 of past 3. RB CHARCANDRICK WEST had 74 scrimmage yards last week…TE TRAVIS KELCE leads team with 39 catches & 435 rec. yards. Since 2014, is 4th among NFL TEs with 2,172 rec. yards & 5th with 178 catches. WR ALBERT WILSON had TD catch last week. Rookie WR TYREEK HILL has 4 rec. TDs, 2nd among NFL rookies…Since 2015, CB MARCUS PETERS has 13 INTs, most in NFL. LB DEE FORD had 2 sacks last week. Has 5.5 sacks in past 2 & 8 sacks in past 5. Ties for 3rd in NFL with 9 sacks. LB RAMIK WILSON had 1st career INT last week…PANTHERS: QB CAM NEWTON passed for 232 yards & 3 TDs for 121.2 rating & added 78 rush yards in last meeting. In past 7 at home, has 1,928 pass yards (275.4 per game) & 21 TDs (17 pass, 4 rush)…RB JONATHAN STEWART has 4 TDs in past 3…WR KELVIN BENJAMIN has 4 TDs in past 5 vs. AFC. WR COREY BROWN aims for 3rd in row at home vs. AFC with TD catch. TE GREG OLSEN had TD catch in last meeting. Leads NFL TEs in receptions (45) & rec. yards (673)…Defense leads NFC with 24 sacks. DE MARIO ADDISON had 2 sacks last week. DT STAR LOTULELEI has 4 sacks & FF in past 4 at home. Since 2012, LB LUKE KUECHLY leads NFL LBs with 12 INTs & LB THOMAS DAVIS ties for 2nd with 9. Davis led team with 11 tackles & had sack, FF & INT in Week 9. S KURT COLEMAN has 2 INTs & 4 PD in past 3 vs. AFC.

Two Questionable Hits on Newton Sunday by the Rams Ruled Legal

Carolina Panthers v Los Angeles Rams

The NFL’s preliminary review of two questionable hits by Rams defenders on Panthers quarterback Cam Newton have determined that neither was clearly a violation of league rules, Ed Werder of ESPN reports.

The hit by Mark Barron appeared closer to a foul than another delivered by defensive tackle Aaron Donald. Both plays involved Newton being hit in the helmet.

Panthers head coach Ron Rivera had submitted one of the plays for review of NFL VP of officiating Dean Blandino for review. He would not say which he contested.

Cardinals at Panthers NFL Week Eight Inactives

Cardinals: WR Chris Hubert, LB Alex Okafor, DT Olsen Pierre, TE Darren Fells, DT Ed Stinson, G Cole Toner, DT Xavier Williams

Panthers: DT Vernon Butler, OT Michael Oher, RB Cameron Artis-Payne, LB Jeremy Cash, TE Chris Manhertz, TE Scott Simonson, CB James Bradberry

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