Player News - Panthers

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The Panthers have reinstated interim GM Marty Hurney.

Hurney was placed on paid leave for two weeks while the league looked into claims of harassment made by his ex-wife. After finding no evidence of wrongdoing, the NFL has closed its investigation and Hurney will return to his role as the team's interim GM. The Panthers have interviewed Hurney, Lake Dawson, Martin Mayhew and Jimmy Raye III for the permanent GM position, but may wait for new ownership to be in place before announcing a hire. Hurney is considered the favorite.
Feb 16 - 3:08 PM

Panthers QBs coach Scott Turner said the team won't discourage Cam Newton from running the football.

Newton struggled as a passer in 2017, finishing among the league leaders in interceptions with 16. However, he led all quarterbacks with 754 rushing yards, which represented a new career-high for Newton. Previous coaching staffs have looked to limit Newton's rushing attempts to prevent injury, but instead, Turner has chosen to embrace that part of his game. "He's going to run," said Turner. "That's what makes him the dynamic player he is." Despite his infuriating inconsistency, Cam remains one of the league's best dual-threat options.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 16 - 1:18 PM

The Charlotte Observer reports South Carolina businessman Ben Navarro has emerged as the first serious candidate to buy the Panthers.

Navarro is "actively exploring" a bid. Per his Bloomberg profile, Navarro is the "Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Sherman Financial Group, LLC." He has previously worked for Citicorp and Goldman Sachs. It's a typical NFL owner's background.
Feb 15 - 5:20 PM

The Charlotte Observer's Jourdan Rodrigue reports the investigation into harassment allegations against Panthers interim GM Marty Hurney "could wrap up soon."

Hurney was accused of harassment by his ex-wife, allegations his lawyer called "complete fiction." He was placed on paid leave by the team and put under investigation by the league. Rodrigue reports Hurney will be considered for the permanent GM job if he is cleared, but it seems likely that ship has sailed.
Feb 15 - 12:25 PM

Panthers MLB Luke Kuechly underwent surgery on his right shoulder after the season.

We knew Kuechly was dealing with some type of injury when he skipped the Pro Bowl last month, and now it has been revealed it was a shoulder problem. Kuechly had a torn labrum repaired in his left shoulder in 2015, but the nature of this right shoulder issue is unclear. For now, we'll expect Kuechly to sit out OTAs and minicamp with an eye toward being ready for training camp.
Feb 12 - 9:56 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports the Panthers are expected to hire an outside candidate for their general manager vacancy.

Under investigation by the league for harassment against his ex-wife, interim GM Marty Hurney appears to have been taken out of the running. Thus far, the Panthers — who are also looking for new ownership — have interviewed 49ers executive Martin Mayhew, Texans assistant GM Jimmy Raye III, and Bills executive Lake Dawson.
Feb 8 - 6:41 PM

Free agent DE Julius Peppers is recovering from right shoulder surgery.

The operation was to repair a torn labrum, which can come with a fairly-lengthy recovery timeline. Peppers dealt with the issue during the season but didn't miss any time. Stunningly, Peppers has missed just two games with injury in 16 NFL seasons. Now 38, Peppers is undecided if he will return for 2018.
Feb 8 - 4:28 PM

Panthers second-year WR Curtis Samuel (ankle) needed surgery to repair both a broken bone and ligament damage following his Week 10 injury.

Samuel caught 15 passes for a measly 115 yards and no touchdowns as a rookie. He was hurt far more often than he was healthy, as he also battled back and hamstring issues. Samuel was finally sent to I.R. in late November. He currently has no timetable for recovery and remains in a boot and rehab. The team is optimistic Samuel will be ready for training camp come July.
Feb 7 - 12:46 PM

Interim Panthers GM Marty Hurney has been accused of "harassment" by his ex-wife and placed on paid leave by the team.

Hurney’s ex-wife filed for a protective order last Friday. The judge who heard the complaint said there was no evidence of domestic violence and refused to issue an immediate restraining order. One of Hurney's lawyers called the allegations "complete fiction," and Hurney's ex-wife has since withdrawn her complaint. "It’s been really emotional," she told the Charlotte Observer. In her original complaint, Hurney's ex-wife alleged he had been "extremely controlling and was verbally and emotionally abusive" during their marriage. "My privacy has been violated for the past seven years with Martin’s behaviors of tracking me, my pets and violating my property," the complaint said. The NFL has launched an investigation of its own under the personal-conduct policy.
Feb 6 - 7:05 PM

Greg Olsen (foot) doesn’t need offseason surgery.

Olsen had multiple setbacks during the 2017 season but won’t require any follow-up procedures. He should be fully healthy for the start of OTAs. Entering a contract year, the Panthers may look to extend Olsen before training camp.
Source: ESPN
Feb 6 - 9:31 AM

Texans VP of Player Personnel Jimmy Raye III will interview for the Panthers' GM vacancy on Thursday.

The Panthers are also set to interview Bills assistant director of college scouting Lake Dawson as well as interim GM Marty Hurney. Raye III was hired by Houston last year following a four-year stint as the Colts' VP of football operations. He interviewed for the Texans' GM job earlier this month and was also a candidate for the 49ers' GM opening last offseason.
Feb 1 - 11:54 AM

Panthers hired former Vikings and Seahawks LB Heath Farwell as assistant special teams coach.

Farwell, 36, last played in 2013, when he won a Super Bowl with the Seahawks as the team's special teams captain. He was also a one-time Pro Bowler in Minnesota. Farwell spent the previous two years as a coaching assistant on special teams with Seattle. He's on the fast track to being a ST coordinator.
Jan 31 - 12:39 PM

Panthers C Ryan Kalil plans to retire following the 2018 season.

Kalil's 2016 season was cut short because of a shoulder injury, and he was limited to six games last year because of a serious neck injury. Those injuries likely played a role in this decision, but Kalil says he has been cleared and is excited to have a healthy offseason. A second-round pick by the Panthers in 2007, Kalil is entering his 12th season in the league.
Jan 30 - 12:43 PM

Panthers hired Brady Hoke as defensive line coach.

This is Hoke's first job in the NFL after decades spent at the college level. He's known for helping to recruit Tom Brady to play at Michigan and later becoming the head coach in 2011. He spent the past year as the defensive line and interim head coach at Tennessee. Hoke replaces Eric Washington in Carolina, who was promoted to defensive coordinator following Steve Wilks' departure.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 29 - 6:23 PM

The Panthers are nearing a deal to make Travelle Wharton their offensive line coach.

It sounds like Wharton will share O-Line duties with John Matsko, replacing Ray Brown. Wharton, 36, most recently coached the South Carolina' Gamecocks' offensive line after retiring in July of 2014. He made 111 starts in ten NFL seasons.
Jan 29 - 5:05 PM


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