Carolina Panthers Wiretap

Star Lotulelei Fractures Foot, Out At Least Two weeks

Jan 7, 2015 2:56 PM

Star Lotulelei suffered a fractured foot during Tuesday's practice and is out for at least the NFC divisional playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks.

"Star will not play this week," Ron Rivera said in a conference call with Seattle reporters. "He broke a small bone in his foot and he had surgery this morning to repair it. It's one of those things that hopefully we get the opportunity to move on [in the playoffs] and if we do, he'll get to play."

Lotuleli could return for the Super Bowl if the Carolina Panthers were to advance.

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Cam Newton Cleared To Play 11 Days After Accident

Dec 20, 2014 6:57 PM

Cam Newton has been medically cleared to play in Week 16 just 11 days after suffering two small fractures in his back during a car accident.

Through 12 games, Newton has passed for 2,812 yards with 16 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He has rushed for 425 yards and three touchdowns on 85 carries.


The Carolina Panthers started Derek Anderson last week in place of Newton.

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Cam Newton To Play Week 16 If He Can Protect Himself

Dec 15, 2014 2:26 PM

Cam Newton will play in Week 16 if Ron Rivera is confident he can protect himself.

The Carolina Panthers won in Week 15 despite Newton being out following his car accident.

Rivera said there's a rehab progression that doctors and trainers have laid out for Newton, and his status will be determined based on whether he meets those goals.

But Rivera said ultimately it will come down the coach's confidence that he won't be exposing Newton to further injury by playing him against the Browns.

"I don’t want to put a guy out there that can’t protect himself," Rivera said Monday. "By that it’s being able to run out of the way, scramble out of the way, stay alive, keep the play alive by being able to get away. That’s all part of it. That’s all part of the decision that went into the first Tampa Bay game."

Joseph Person/Charlotte Observer

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Cam Newton Released From Hospital, Derek Anderson To Start

Dec 11, 2014 10:34 AM

Cam Newton has been released from a hospital following his car accident, but Derek Anderson will start at quarterback this week for the Carolina Panthers.

Newton suffered two fractures in his lower back as a result of a two-car accident near the Panthers' team facility.

Anderson made a spot start earlier this season in Week 1.

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Cam Newton Has Two Fractures In Back Following Car Crash

Dec 9, 2014 3:27 PM

Cam Newton suffered two transverse process fractures in his lower back during his Tuesday car accident.

Newton's car flipped over multiple times in the two-car crash.

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Cam Newton Injured After Truck Flips Over Four Times

Dec 9, 2014 1:01 PM

Cam Newton has been injured in a two-car crash and taken to a Charlotte hospital.

Newton was treated on the scene by paramedics and put on a stretcher.

Witnesses indicated Newton's truck flipped over four times, according to WSOC9's Mark Mecker.

An officer at the scene confirmed that Newton was driving the vehicle and was able to communicate with first responders.

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Greg Hardy Wants To Play Again This Season

Nov 7, 2014 8:15 PM

Greg Hardy hopes to play again this season while his domestic violence case is pending.

The trial in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, was recently postponed until early 2015, which means there is a chance Hardy could return to the Panthers (3-5-1) this season.

"I want to play, man," Hardy said at Miami International Airport in his first public comments since going on the exempt list. "My team, you know, is losing right now. So I can't wait."

Hardy has received support from several teammates and Panthers coach Ron Rivera, who believes the defensive end should return to the field now that the trial is postponed.

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Greg Hardy Will Miss Remainder Of Season As Trial Postponed

Oct 30, 2014 7:21 PM

Greg Hardy will miss the remainder of the 2014 NFL season as his trial date has been postponed. It was originally scheduled for mid-November, but it will now begin after the season is over.

Hardy is on the commissioner's exempt list.

Hardy was found guilty in a bench trial of assaulting and threatening his ex-girlfriend Nicole Holder, which is now under appeal.

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Kelvin Benjamin Ran Slower 40 To Be Drafted By Panthers

Oct 29, 2014 1:47 PM

Kelvin Benjamin said he purposely ran a slower than usual 40 in order to play for the Carolina Panthers.

“Because I wanted to play for the Carolina Panthers,’’ said Benjamin, noting he has been clocked at 4.41 seconds, which would have been fifth fastest at the combine.

Benjamin was drafted with the 28th overall pick.

Brandin Cooks was the fastest receiver of the class, running at 4.33 seconds.

“He’s fast, man,’’ Benjamin said of Cooks. “He beats you over the top. That’s what he does.’’ 


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Cam Newton Won't Avoid Sherman, Also Won't Be Idiot

Oct 23, 2014 8:15 PM

Cam Newton won't needlessly challenge Richard Sherman, but he also won't be afraid to throw in his direction.

"If the play is called for me to read it to Richard's side, by all means I'm going to do it," Newton said Wednesday. "And I'm going to give each and every receiver an opportunity to make plays.

"I'm not going to force it. I'm not going to be an idiot. I'm going to do a great job of protecting the football and be aggressively patient in taking what the defense gives me." 


Seattle's opponents already have as many touchdowns (6) throwing to Sherman's side as they did in 2014. 

Sherman will likely draw Kelvin Benjamin on a lot of snaps.

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Panthers To Give Cam Newton Extension 'In Due Time'
Cam Newton is making a base salary of $3.3 million this year, but is slated to get a bump to $14.6 million in 2015

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Steve Smith: Panthers, Gettleman Released Me For Personal Reasons
Dave Gettleman allegedly told Steve Smith that he wasn't as good as he formerly was, while also serving as a distraction to the team.

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Greg Hardy Placed On Exempt List
Greg Hardy will not be allowed to play until the case is resolved and a suspension will be forthcoming thereafter.

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Panthers, Greg Hardy Discuss Exempt List Possibility
Greg Hardy is one of the NFL's best pass rushers and was convicted of two domestic violence charges by a bench trial.


Panthers Unsure If Greg Hardy Will Play Week 3
The Panthers have no plans to release Greg Hardy, who was found guilty of assaulting and threatening ex-girlfriend Nicole Holder.

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Greg Hardy Inactive For Week 2
Greg Hardy had been scheduled to start, but assumedly will be kept off the field due to the overwhelming criticism the NFL has received.

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Belichick, Carroll, Payton Considered Best HC's In NFL By Peers
Bill Belichick is ranked as the best coach in the NFL, according to a poll of 30 league insiders.

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Cam Newton Has Fractured Rib
Cam Newton suffered a hairline fracture to a rib during Friday night's loss at the Patriots.

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Patriots Claim Tyler Gaffney On Waivers
Tyler Gaffney, a sixth-round draft choice out of Stanford, sustained a season-ending knee injury in a practice Friday.

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Tyler Gaffney Out For 2014 Season With Knee Injury
Tyler Gaffney rushed for 1,709 yards and 21 touchdowns as a senior last season.

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Wilson, Luck, Rodgers, Watt Headline Barnwell's Trade Value List
Brill Barnwell has released his 2014 NFL Trade Value rankings, headlined by Russell Wilson at No. 1 and Andrew Luck at No. 2.

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Cam Newton Ahead Of Schedule In Recovery From Surgery
Cam Newton participated in seven-on-seven drills on Thursday with the Panthers.

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Newton Denies Being 'Terrified' Kaepernick Set Bar Too Low
The report said Cam Newton would want much more than the $13 million in guaranteed money Colin Kaepernick received up front.

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Greg Hardy Arrested On Domestic Violence Charge
Greg Hardy has been arrested on suspicion of domestic violence involving his girlfriend.


Dave Gettleman To Run Draft Remotely To Watch Son Graduate
Dave Gettleman, general manager of the Carolina Panthers, will run the third day of the NFL draft remotely via Skype from Worcester, Massachusetts.


2014 NFL Draft: Complete First Round
Teddy Bridgewater was a candidate to go first overall to the Texans back in January, but they instead went with Jadeveon Clowny and the QB was selected by the Vikings at No. 32.

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Frank Alexander Suspended For Four Games
Frank Alexander was scheduled to be a backup defensive end behind Greg Hardy and Charles Johnson for the Panthers.

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Marqise Lee Meets With Lions
The Lions own the highest pick at No. 10 that Marqise Lee has met with.

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Panthers Pick Up Fifth-Year Option On Cam Newton
The Panthers likely won't get to the fifth year of Cam Newton's contract as they remain set on signing him to a long-term deal.

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Seahawks To Host Packers To Launch 2014 NFL Season
The Seahawks will play the Packers to open up the NFL season.

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