Tag:Carolina Panthers
Posted on: September 19, 2010 11:42 am
Edited on: September 19, 2010 12:18 pm

NFC Inactives, Week 2

Posted by Will Brinson

For the AFC Inactives, check Josh's post here. Names of people who are ACTIVE include Kellen Winslow and Percy Harvin. So you don't have to scroll all the way down.

Kareem Huggins, RB, Buccaneers -- Huggins was expected to miss this game (or at least no one wasn't freaking out about the possibility of him missing) and his absence means the Bucs will lean heavily on Cadillac Williams in the running game against the Panthers.

Beanie Wells, RB, Cardinals -- It's finally official: Wells will miss Sunday's game in Atlanta. Anyone who was expecting him to play was probably fooling themselves into an optimistic place that isn't safe to hang out in. Or something -- Tim Hightower will get all the carries for the Cardinals now.

Brandon LaFell, WR, Panthers -- LaFell wasn't expected to start anyway, so this isn't a huge blow, although the Panthers would clearly rather have the rookie playing as he provides a nice compliment to Steve Smith.

Jeff Otah, OL, Panthers -- Just like last week, Otah's out and it means bad things for the Panthers running game. The good news is they get the Bucs this week.

Michael Jenkins, WR, Falcons -- A relatively big name, but everyone expected Jenkins to miss this week.

Kevin Kolb, QB, Eagles -- Also, not a surprise, but this means it's all Michael Vick, all game long against the Lions. THERE'S STILL NO CONTROVERSY THOUGH. WE SWEAR. (Poor Andy Reid, huh?)

Stewart Bradley, LB, Eagles -- Same deal as above, minus the fun of the quarterback controvery.

Kevin Smith, RB, Lions -- Smith is a "healthy scratch" which means that Jahvid Best will get all the carries against the Eagles.
Posted on: September 17, 2010 10:44 am
Edited on: September 17, 2010 11:02 am

Podcast: Week 2 early game previews

Posted by Will Brinson

It's Friday, which means we're one good night's worth of sleep from getting about 48 straight hours of glorious football.

Saturday is fun, of course, but Sunday is where the real action happens -- Andy Benoit and I hopped on the old podcast machine this week to preview the games that will be played. This particular segment previews the early games on Sunday, and we discuss whether Marshawn Lynch to Green Bay makes sense (and whether Buffalo can beat Green Bay), what the mess is wrong with the Jets offense (and whether they can hang with the Pats), if Jimmy Clausen's time has come in Carolina, whether Chad Henne needs to just go ahead and retire and give his starting job over to Chad Pennington, and whether or not teams like Kansas City and Arizona can magically go to 2-0.

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Posted on: September 16, 2010 1:53 pm

Matt Moore practices in full, expected to start

Posted by Will Brinson

Matt Moore had an auspicious start for the Carolina Panthers on Sunday that culminated (in a negative way) with a concussion that opened up the door for Jimmy Clausen to potentially start this Sunday against Tampa Bay.

However, our Carolina Panthers' Rapid Reporter Steve Reed reports that Moore practiced in full today and that "barring an unforeseen setback" will start against the Buccaneers.

Andy and I discussed this issue on a forthcoming podcast preview, but it's odd that Fox would be so willing to push Moore here, given that he has a fairly good "out" to give Clausen a shot at starting.

Of course, he may simply not think Clausen's ready to start and that Moore gives the team the best chance to win -- if that's the case, he certainly would rather have his starter get his confidence back against a team in Tampa that's significantly easier to beat than the Giants.

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Posted on: September 13, 2010 4:45 pm

Concussions factoring into QB controversies

Posted by Andy Benoit
M. Moore (US Presswire)K. Kolb (US Presswire)
You never want to see a player get hurt – especially when the body part that’s hurting is the brain. So of course John Fox is not glad that quarterback Matt Moore suffered a concussion against the Giants. That said, the reality is, Moore’s concussion might make Fox’s life easier this week.

Moore was awful against the Giants (14/33 passing, three interceptions). But it would be impetuous to bench him prior to Week 2. Once you bench a young quarterback, it’s almost impossible to go back to him (Just ask the Cardinals).

But if Moore misses Carolina’s Week 2 game against the Buccaneers (and with the league’s more stringent guidelines for dealing with concussions, it’s possible he will), then Fox can get a free trial run with second-round rookie Jimmy Clausen. If Clausen shines during that trial run, Fox has his quarterback for the future. If Clausen flounders, Fox can go back to Moore and claim that he was the starter all along.

(For the record, Fox said Monday afternoon that Moore is “feeling a lot better”.)

On the other side of the concussion story, Andy Reid could have a mess on his hands if Kevin Kolb’s concussion keeps him out against the Lions this week. (And it probably will; Reid has said Kolb won’t practice until at least Friday.)

Chances are, Philly will beat Detroit no matter who is under center. So if Michael Vick goes out and leads the Eagles to victory, fans will say that all of the team’s success so far has come with Vick under center. Technically, they’d be right. But that wouldn’t mean Vick is the better quarterback. (Remember, the Packers didn’t game plan for Vick; had they prepared to face a scrambler, things may have been different.)

Fans may want Vick to start, but Reid does not want to immediately bench the guy he believed in enough to trade Donovan McNabb. And he won’t.

But imagine if Kolb sits against Detroit, Vick lights it up, then Kolb gets healthy for Week 3. Reid would have to explain to volatile Eagle fans why he’s benching an electrifying, fun-to-watch athlete and going back to the quarterback who was 5/10 for 24 yards in a lackluster first half against the Packers. Think those fans will understand?

In Reid’s perfect world, Kolb would be cleared to play this week. He’d start against the Lions, post good numbers and get the Eagles to 1-1. Even this scenario wouldn’t completely hush the inevitable “We want Vick!” chants that are about to sweep across the City of Brotherly Love. But it would at least minimize the damage.

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Posted on: September 12, 2010 1:40 pm

Kevin Boss carted off early for Giants

Posted by Will Brinson

Kevin Boss, the Giants top tight end, suffered what appeared to be a concussion on a free play against the Panthers.

After the Panthers went offsides, Manning went over the middle for Boss, but threw it too high and Boss took a monster shot from safety Sherrod Martin and lay on the ground for a while.

He was eventually carted off, leaving the Giants with just one tight end, and it has since been reported that his return is questionable with a neck injury.

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Posted on: September 11, 2010 12:27 pm
Edited on: September 11, 2010 12:30 pm

Hot Routes 9.11.10 tying loose ends before Wk 1

Posted by Andy Benoit

Seahawks linebacker Aaron Curry and 49ers tight end Vernon Davis will apparently be renewing a rivalry when their teams square off Sunday.

The Bills signed former Jaguar/Cowboy/Dolphin linebacker Akin Ayodele, a veteran who is well-experienced playing in a 3-4 scheme.

Darrelle Revis and Charles Woodson both recently signed lucrative deals. The Denver Post reports that Champ Bailey could be next. Bailey could sign an extension that would keep him with the Broncos through 2014 (he’ll be 36).

Is it fair to point out that Vikings safety Tyrell Johnson, an athletic second-round pick whom the team probably would have been willing to draft late in Round One, lost his starting job to Husain Abdullah, an undrafted guy who didn’t eat or drink anything during training camp?

Joshua Cribbs is making more of a mark at wide receiver.

Looks like Beanie Wells will be out for Week 1.

Redskins safety Kareem Moore is bouncing back quicker than expected from his August 23 arthroscopic knee surgery. Reed Doughty is still expected to start against the Cowboys.

Is Kevin Mawae a Hall of Famer?

Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis is eyeing a midseason return after suffering his second ACL injury in seven months this past spring. The Panthers aren’t ruling him out – he’s only PUP at this point.

Raiders running back Michael Bush is questionable for Sunday with a fractured thumb.

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette believes Ben Roethlisberger will start Game 5 no matter what.

Normally we don’t share stories about parking arrangements for games, but this one is somewhat interesting because the Royals and Chiefs have a rare doubleheader Monday.

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Posted on: September 9, 2010 9:45 am
Edited on: September 9, 2010 4:33 pm

Hot Routes 9.9.10: NFC Week 1 injury rundown

Posted by Andy Benoit

Filling you in on some of the noteworthy midweek injury news...

Some truly great news for the Giant: strong safety Kenny Phillips will be in the starting lineup against the Panthers Sunday. Phillips is coming off microfracture knee surgery. If healthy, he’s one of the most electrifying safeties in the game.

The Cowboys also got their safety, Gerald Sensabaugh, back. He’s been out with a foot injury.K. Phillips (US Presswire)

The Cowboys, Giants and Eagles all have injury news along their offensive line . The Cowboys will likely be without right tackle Marc Colombo (knee) and left guard Kyle Kosier (knee). The Eagles are getting center Jamaal Jackson back. (ACL) The Giants are getting center Shaun O’Hara back (Achilles). 

Lions safety Louis Delmas missed practice Wednesday. So did middle linebacker DeAndre Levy. Both have strained groin muscles . These are the two best athletes on Detroit’s iffy defense (not counting Ndamukong Suh). Delmas’s presence is especially crucial given the ineptitude of the Lions secondary.

Bears rookie Major Wright has returned to practice three weeks after having surgery to repair a fractured finger. Wright was drafted to start immediately at free safety, though it’s likely he’ll come off the bench in Week 1. If he does, then Danieal Manning should start in centerfield. (Chris Harris will be the strong safety.)

Cardinals running back Beanie Wells did not practice Wednesday due to a knee injury . Wells is expected to play against the Rams on Sunday though.

Larry Fitzgerald should be good to go after taking a knee to the helmet against the Texans a few weeks ago.

Rams safety James Butler is sidelined with a knee injury. The Rams ultimately need Butler, though they’re confident that Craig Dahl, despite his limited range, can hold down the strong safety duties in the short term.

San Francisco’s best pass-rusher, outside linebacker Ahmed Brooks, has not yet recovered from a lacerated kidney (doesn’t that injury just sound awful)? He’s out this week.

Either Chester Pitts or Tyler Polumbus will start at left tackle for Seattle’s injured first-round rookie Russell Okung (high ankle sprain).

For the Panthers, Geoff Schwartz will almost certainly start for injured right tackle Jeff Otah (ankle).

Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman missed practice Wednesday because of his fractured right thumb , but he’s apparently long been scheduled to miss that particular practice anyway. Freeman will still be under center against the Browns Sunday.

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Posted on: September 8, 2010 10:41 pm

Podcast: Week 1 early game previews

Posted by Will Brinson

Are you ready for some football? No, seriously, are you?

Because it's football time, people. Less than 24 hours from kickoff.

And that's why Andy Benoit and I are here to run over the Week 1 games with you, doling out helpful information to help you understand who will win, and answering all the important questions about Week 1, like "Is Tampa Bay-Cleveland the worst game of the season?"

So, go ahead. Click the play button. Got a question? Hit us up on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL)

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