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2018 Schedule
7-9, 2nd in NFC South

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers defensive tackle Kawann Short is headed to the Pro Bowl after being named the replacement for Los Angeles Rams tackle Aaron Donald, who is headed to the Super Bowl. Short was selected for the team after the 2015 season, but couldn't play because Carolina was in the title game.

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16hDavid Newton

Panthers, Texans to play in London for 1st time

The Panthers and Texans will play in London for the first time as the NFL announced the four matchups to be held in England during the 2019 season.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Panthers will play in London against Tampa Bay this season. They are one of only three franchises that had not played in London. Green Bay and Houston are the other two. This is a home game for the Bucs, so Carolina still has eight games at Bank of America Stadium.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers finished third in the Walter Payton Man of the Year charity challenge for his work on relief for Hurricane Florence recovery in North and South Carolina.

Super Bowl XXXVIII: Halftime controversy overshadows thrilling game (1:13)

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is one of five finalists for the Alan Page Community Award, the NFLPA announced. The winner, determined by a vote of NFL peers, will be announced on Jan. 31 during Super Bowl week in Atlanta, Newton's hometown.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Panthers have hired Jim Hostler as their new wide receivers coach. He replaces Lance Taylor. Hostler spent this past season with the Green Bay Packers as their offense/pass game coordinator, but has spent most of his career working with receivers. He and Carolina offensive coordinator Norv Turner were with the 49ers together in 2006. in the team release, Hostler mentioned 2018 first-round pick DJ Moore, 2017 second-round pick Curtis Samuel and veteran Torrey Smith. There was no mention of wide receiver Devin Funchess, another indication the Panthers appear set on moving on from the former Michigan star.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bills on Friday hired Heath Farwell as their special teams coordinator, replacing the fired Danny Crossman. Farwell, a former NFL linebacker, was previously the Panthers' assistant special teams coach.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey gave Army SGT Alex Somerson two tickets to the Super Bowl in Atlanta as part of his partnership with USAA and the Wounded Warrior Project. He posted a picture of Somerson on social media and said, "I know you can't tell, but he's smiling inside after I just dropped 2 tickets on 'em to #SBLIII.''

Golic compares Cam's shoulder injury to Luck's (1:46)
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6dDavid Newton

With Cam hurt, Panthers keeping 'options open'

Panthers owner David Tepper said Tuesday that the team is keeping all options on the table when it comes to the sore right shoulder of quarterback Cam Newton, including the possibility of the former MVP sitting out the 2019 season.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers owner David Tepper said he was involved in the decision to not re-sign linebacker Thomas Davis, 35, the team's all-time leading tackler and a long-time leader in the locker room. “When you have cherished – I'm not going to use this word lightly – cherished veterans, you should get involved at that point with ownership. If you have things that could potentially be disruptive or viewed as very controversial, Eric Reid, you get ownership involved in that decision making.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers owner David Tepper admitted winning became harder this past season the worse Cam Newton's right shoulder. He's also hopeful that Newton's shoulder will be much improved by the 2019 season, but realistic the team has to be prepared in case that doesn't happen. “We have to recognize we may have to do things through the year if it doesn't [get better],'' Tepper said. “We have to make sure we have our options in all ways possible.'' As for the rehab plan for Newton's shoulder, Tepper indicated a decision between rest and surgery has not been made. “Of course it's a concern,'' Tepper added. “People get injured in football and what we have to do is keep our options open just in case. Cam Newton is a guy we're going to be depending on. He's a talent. But it would be foolish to say you're not having an awareness of potential things that could happen during the year.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers owner David Tepper said there were many reasons why he retained coach Ron Rivera and GM Marty Hurney after a 1-7 finish to a 7-9 season. Among them: * He believed the team was better than the final record; * The offensive line at times looked like a disaster due to injuries; * Improvement on defense once Rivera took over the play calling; and he admitted changes probably should have come earlier; * The team got older faster then anyone expected; * As Cam Newton's ‘'shoulder got worse much it was harder to win;'' * The way the team played in a 33-14 victory at New Orleans in the finale; * He believes Rivera is a good coach and Hurney has a handle on the personnel side.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly has pulled out of the Pro Bowl. ESPN.com's Todd Archer is reporting Kuechly will be replaced Leighton Vander Esch, becoming the first Cowboys rookie defender to play in the all-star game since Everson Walls in 1981.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Perry Fewell on Tuesday was hired as the Panthers' new secondary coach. Fewell is a native of Charlotte and worked with coach Ron Rivera with the Chicago Bears in 2005. "With his background with coverages and technique I think he'll be really good for us, especially for our young defensive backs," Rivera said.

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Reid's lawyers dispute claim testing was normal

Attorneys for Eric Reid dispute a joint statement by the NFL and NFL Players Association that says the Panthers safety was not singled out with excessive drug testing and they're demanding the league and the union "immediately issue a retraction.

Team Stats

Passing Yards239.816th
Rushing Yards133.54th
Points For23.5Tied-14th
Points Against23.919th