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2018 Schedule
6-3, 2nd in NFC South
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8hDavid Newton

DT Love slams door on sleeping-during-game talk

Kyle Love said of the video that has some thinking he was sleeping during Thursday's game: "People will believe anything about you as long as it's negative ..."

0:16

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers defensive tackle Kyle Love has taken a lot of grief since a camera caught him on the bench with his head down in a way he appeared asleep during Thursday night's 52-21 loss at Pittsburgh. It even made ESPN's ‘'C'mon Man'' segment before the Monday night telecast. No, Love wasn't asleep. He is ‘'pissed,'' according to fellow DT Kawann Short. Love posted this on Instagram, ‘'People will believe anything about you as long as it's negative, but anything positive getting questioned.''

0:20

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Wide receiver Torrey Smith said if the Panthers were preparing for the Super Bowl he would be way more aggressive with his rehab from a knee injury. He indicated he has started running again so his return could be sooner rather than later. Lately he has done ‘'way too much'' tweeting. One of his funnier ones came Monday when he took his son to a Popeyes for chicken and was told it would be a 15-minute wait. The funny part came when he was asked if he wanted something besides chicken. He had no idea they served anything else.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Center Ryan Kalil (ankle), cornerback James Bradberry and wide receiver Torrey Smith (knee) not at practice as the team comes back from a long off weekend. Smith has missed the past three games. Left tackle Matt Kalil (knee) still not practicing even though he is eligible to come off IR. Cam Newton appears to be resting his right shoulder.

1:14

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Cam Newton takes his role as one of the ‘'most influential people in Charlotte'' seriously. That's why it was important for the Panthers quarterback to battle flight delays and weather to get to the Marsh Road Boys and Girls Club in Charlotte to see one of the four Teen Rooms his foundation and Lowe's refurbished. After checking out this room he declared it ‘'Boogie'' approved. He also shared why it was important to be there.

0:18

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton leaves his signature and message on the wall outside the Teen Room his Foundation and Lowe's help renovate at the Marsh Road Boys and Girls Club in Charlotte.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

To replace the roster spot of running back CJ Anderson, released earlier on Monday, the Panthers signed free agent back Travaris Cadet to a one-year deal. Cadet, 6-1 and 210 pounds, is in his seventh season and previously played for New Orleans (2012-14, 2015-17), New England (2015), San Francisco (2015), the New York Jets (2017) and Buffalo (2017).

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

C.J. Anderson's reaction on Twitter to his release: ‘'No love lost. Thank you Carolina. Grind time.'' Release gives Anderson time to hook up with another team. Perhaps Eagles or Patriots could be a landing spot with their running back situation. Anderson did not ask for his release, I am told.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers waive running back C.J. Anderson. "When we signed C.J. in the spring he saw a bigger role than he has had, and honestly, at the time so did we," general manager Marty Hurney said in a statement. "But Christian McCaffrey has taken so much of the offense and so much of the plays, we just made the decision that this was the best thing for all parties involved."

4d

The Panthers Are Crushed By The Steelers

Dan Le Batard, Papi and Izzy Gutierrez question if we should crown the Steelers or bury the Panthers, if Eric Reid was officiated fairly, if the Bucks win or Steph Curry's injury is a bigger story and much more.

4d

Steelers Blow The Panthers Out

Bomani Jones and Pablo Torre react to the Steelers crushing the Panthers 52-21, discuss if Eric Reid deserved to get ejected for his hit on Big Ben, if the Warriors are vulnerable with Steph Curry injured and much more.

Did Carolina's defense get exposed by Steelers? (0:57)
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4dDavid Newton

Rivera takes issue with Reid ejection, not penalty

Carolina's Ron Rivera has no problem with CB Eric Reid being penalized for a hit on Ben Roethlisberger, but he didn't like that Reid was ejected and wants an explanation.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera plans to ask the NFL for an explanation on why safety Eric Reid was ejected in the third quarter on Thursday for hitting Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger in the helmet with his shoulder as the quarterback was sliding at the end of a scramble. Rivera didn't feel it was warranted. He has no qualms with Reid being randomly drug tested for the fifth time since he joined Carolina in late September. "I can't tell you about the drug testing. I've got no issues on that,'' Rivera said on Friday. "That has nothing to do with what I have to deal with. I'm not in agreeance with what the decision was [on the ejection]. I get the penalty. I don't get the ejection. I'm going to ask for an explanation as far as that's concerned.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera hopes his players come back from a long weekend ticked off over the 52-21 loss to Pittsburgh. He calls this a humbling experience and says that may be god for the team.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Cam Newton: ‘'We just got whooped, man.'' Saïd it was humbling experience for a lot of guys.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers safety Eric Reid didn't know you could be ejected in the NFL before he was today. He didn't think it was warranted and neither did coach Ron Rivera.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Ron Rivera summed up the 52-21 loss to Pittsburgh simply with ‘'This sh— happens.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Ron Rivera didn't think Eric Reid's ejection was ‘'warranted.'' Didn't think Reid hit Ben Roethlisberger hard enough to be tossed.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Christian McCaffrey's 36.8 PPR fantasy points were not only a career high for him, they were the most by any running back in Carolina Panthers franchise history. Fred Lane (35.8, 1997 Week 10) previously held that record.

Team Stats

Passing Yards218.824th
Rushing Yards138.43rd
Points For26.89th
Points Against25.8Tied-23rd