Panthers HC Ron Rivera revealed Thursday that WR Kelvin Benjamin is dealing with knee swelling after taking a hit in last Thursday night's loss to the Eagles. Rivera admitted that he's "a little concerned" about Benjamin's availability for Sunday's game against the Bears. He's yet to practice this week. We'll see if he can get on the field tomorrow.
Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) is not listed on the final Week 4 injury report. He put in full practices on Thursday and Friday, so that knee shouldn’t be an issue against the Patriots this weekend. Despite QB Cam Newton’s struggles, Benjamin is worth getting into fantasy lineups for that plus matchup.
The Panthers listed WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) as a full participant in Thursday's practice. He's obviously on track to play against the Patriots this weekend. That's a plus matchup, putting Benjamin in the WR2 mix, despite his QB's struggles.
Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) did not practice on Wednesday. He did do some stretching and rode a stationary bike, per insider Joe Person. Benjamin dodged a serious knee injury but is still no better than 50/50 for Sunday's game against the Patriots.
An MRI on Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin's left knee revealed no structural damage, ESPN's David Newton reports. "Now it is how fast Benjamin responds to treatment," Newton adds. "Too early to tell for this week." So it sounds like Benjamin is iffy for Week 4 but avoided a long-term injury. We'll track his progress throughout the week. WR Devin Funchess and RB Christian McCaffrey will be the 2 best target bets in Carolina for however long Benjamin is out.
A source tells NFL Network's Ian Rapoport that Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin avoided a major knee injury and is "fine." Benjamin's injury was particularly worrisome because it's the same left knee in which he tore his ACL 2 years ago. It sounds like he dodged a repeat of that. We should get more details over the next 24 hours.
Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Saints with a left knee injury. The leg was bent awkwardly beneath him after making a catch in the 1st quarter. This is the same knee in which Benjamin tore his ACL back in 2015. Stay tuned for updates.
Update: Benjamin has been ruled out for the rest of the game.
Panthers TE Greg Olsen told reporters after Sunday's win over the Bills that he has a broken foot. We should get a timetable for his return sometime over the next 24 hours, but Olsen figures to be sidelined upwards of 8 weeks. He's a candidate for IR-designated-to-return. The injury strips Carolina of its most reliable pass-catcher. Olsen has posted 77+ catches and 1,000+ yards in 3 straight seasons. And he hasn't missed a game since his 2007 rookie year. Ed Dickson will step in as the Panthers' starting TE but won't be much of a fantasy option. Most of Olsen's target figure to go to Kelvin Benjamin, Christian McCaffrey and Devin Funchess.
Panthers QB Cam Newton and HC Ron Rivera both raved about WR Kelvin Benjamin after Thursday night's preseason game. "Benji has had an unbelievable training camp," Newton said. "He is a complete receiver." Rivera chimed in: "I think Kelvin's playing very, very physical. He's running really good routes, he's a great target, and he presents a good target to the quarterback." We've been impressed by Benjamin's play this preseason, which has featured 8 catches for 107 yards and 2 TDs in 3 outings. His ADP has been on the rise, but he's still a fine pick at his 5th-round price tag.
Panthers HC Ron Rivera said Tuesday that WR Kelvin Benjamin is "where he needs to be" as far as his weight and conditioning. The Charlotte Observer's Jourdan Rodrigue reported back in June that Benjamin had worked his way back into shape after showing up to April OTAs overweight. Consider this a non-issue going forward. Benjamin has some new target competition this year in rookies Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel, but he's a fine value at his late-6th-round ADP.
Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin has worked his way back into shape, according to the Charlotte Observer's Jourdan Rodrigue. Benjamin made headlines back in April when he showed up to OTAs overweight. That should be a non-issue, though, as long as he keeps the pounds off between now and the start of training camp. Benjamin has new target competition this season with the arrivals of rookies Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel, but he could still prove to be a value pick at his current WR36 ADP. Benjamin has ranked 15th and 25th, respectively, among WRs in PPR points in his 2 healthy NFL seasons.
Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin showed up for voluntary team workouts overweight, according to the Charlotte Observer. "Am I concerned? Yes, because he is heavy. I'm going to admit that right now," HC Ron Rivera added. "But is he working hard? Absolutely. He's been there everyday and done the things we've asked him to do, and it's all strictly on a voluntary basis." There's obviously plenty of time for Benjamin to get in shape well before training camp starts. But the bigger issue here is whether he has the desire to develop and improve. Benjamin has had weight issues since Florida State redshirted him as a freshman because he was out of shape. We'll see where this goes and where his ADP stands as we get into summer. Carolina added some intriguing offensive parts via the draft in RB Christian McCaffrey and WR Curtis Samuel who could siphon looks from the team's #1 WR.
Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin tallied just 1 reception among 3 targets in Sunday's win over the Chargers. QB Cam Newton completed just 10 of 27 passes on the day, and Benjamin faced a predictably tough matchup with San Diego CB Casey Hayward. It was Benjamin's 3rd straight game with 2 or fewer receptions. It's tough to even consider him a starting option for next week's trip to Washington (and CB Josh Norman).
Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (shoulder) is not listed on the team's final injury report. He was held out of Wednesday's practice but returned to a limited workout on Thursday and was a full-go on Friday. The shoulder isn't a concern, but a matchup with CB Richard Sherman and the Seahawks leaves Benjamin as a WR3 for Week 13.
Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (shoulder) returned to practice on Thursday. He's on track to play on Sunday night but will be just a WR3 vs. Richard Sherman and the Seahawks.
Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (shoulder) was held out of Wednesday's practice. He played through the issue this past weekend and should be available for Sunday night's game in Seattle. We'll update Benjamin's status again tomorrow.
Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) is active for today’s game against the Saints. We haven’t heard any concern about that knee. Get Benjamin into fantasy lineups in the plus, plus matchup.
Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) is expected to play against the Saints today, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirms. Benjamin was limited on Thursday and Friday, but we never heard any concern about his status. Benjamin is a legit WR1 in today's dream matchup in Nawlins.
The Panthers listed WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) as questionable for this weekend's game against the Saints. He was limited in practice on Thursday and Friday but is reportedly just dealing with some knee soreness. Benjamin should be fine for this week's A+ matchup, but check back at noon ET on Sunday to make sure he's active.
Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin was added to Thursday's injury report as limited with a knee issue. HC Ron Rivera said afterward that Benjamin's knee is "sore." That's better than him suffering a new injury during practice. You can tentatively expect Benjamin to play against the Saints this weekend, but check back tomorrow for another update.
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