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The Panthers listed QB Cam Newton (shoulder, ankle) as questionable for Week 3 after a limited week of practice. We've heard nothing to suggest that he's in any danger of missing Sunday's game against the Saints. Go ahead and keep him penciled into fantasy lineups. Just check back Sunday morning to make sure he's active.

The Panthers have placed TE Greg Olsen on IR. He underwent surgery on his broken foot on Tuesday. He's eligible to be activated from IR after 8 weeks, so his earliest possible return is Week 11. Olsen could still be a fantasy asset down the stretch but certainly isn't a must-hold.

Panthers TE Greg Olsen will undergo surgery on his broken right foot and is expected to miss 6-8 weeks, ESPN's Adam Schefter confirms. We'll see whether the Panthers stick Olsen on IR. If they do, he'll be out at least 8 weeks. If not, we'll take that to mean that the team expects him back in closer to 6 weeks. Either way, owners need to find a replacement at least through the end of October.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Panthers TE Greg Olsen's broken foot is not a season-ending injury. "Figures to be about 6 games," Rapoport tweeted. "IR possible." A trip to IR would cost Olsen at least the next 8 weeks. We'll see what route the Panthers decide to take, but fantasy owners need to be making other plans for the next couple of months. Olsen is droppable in leagues with shallow benches and no IR spot.

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 TE Greg Olsen left in the 1st half of Sunday's game against the Bills with a right foot injury. According to FOX Sports, however, he's expected to return for the 2nd half.

UPDATE: Olsen returned to the sidelines in the 2nd half on crutches and with a boot on that right foot. He's obviously done for the day. We'll update his status when we learn more.

2:09pm EDT 9/10/17

Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) is active for today’s game against the 49ers. He was listed as questionable but put in a full week of practice and was never in danger of missing this one. This will be Newton’s 1st extensive action since March surgery on his throwing shoulder. It makes him a risk/reward QB1 for the opener.

Panthers HC Ron Rivera named Graham Gano his K for Sunday's opener against the 49ers. The team is also carrying K Harrison Butker and was reportedly trying to trade Gano. But the veteran gets the Week 1 nod. He's a fine fantasy option in a plus matchup.

The Panthers listed QB Cam Newton (shoulder) as questionable for Week 1.He practiced in full all week and will start against the 49ers on Sunday.He’s a risk/reward fantasy play in a plus matchup but having thrown just 2 passes in the preseason.

Panthers WR Curtis Samuel (ankle) practiced on Tuesday, according to insider Jordan Rodrigue. Samuel tweaked his ankle in the preseason finale but appears on track to play against the 49ers on Sunday. The rookie missed a ton of time this offseason and won't be an early-season fantasy option.

The Panthers have finalized their 53-man roster, and it includes both kickers who spent the summer competing. Veteran Graham Gano and 7th-round rookie Harrison Butker will apparently both open the regular season with the team. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport also reports that Carolina has been fielding trade offers for Gano. We'll see if they make a move. For now, fantasy drafters might want to steer toward a clearer situation.

Panthers WR Curtis Samuel injured his ankle in Thursday's preseason finale. No word yet on the severity. Samuel was already behind after missing about 2 weeks in early August with a hamstring problem. The rookie won't be an early-season fantasy option.

Panthers QB Cam Newton had a quick but effective preseason debut on Thursday night, leading his team on a 10-play, 75-yard TD drive. Newton handed off 8 times -- 4 times to Jonathan Stewart and 4 to Christian McCaffrey. He completed both of his pass attempts for 21 yards and a score. Newton checked down to McCaffrey and then connected on a quick slant to WR Kelvin Benjamin for a 9-yard TD. He showed no signs of the shoulder surgery that sidelined him for much of the offseason, although we didn't get to see him unleash any long balls. With Newton unlikely to play in the preseason finale, the next time we'll see him is Week 1 against the 49ers. He's a risk/reward QB1.

Panthers QB Cam Newton won't play tomorrow afternoon against the Titans, but he's on track for Carolina's 3rd preseason game next week, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. Newton's rehab from throwing-shoulder surgery has gone slowly (by design) but smoothly. "Cam is throwing more each day, and he feels fine," Pelissero added. We're looking forward to seeing him in action next week.

Panthers WR Curtis Samuel (hamstring) was in pads for Wednesday's joint practice with the Titans, according to Max Henson of the team's official website. As far as we know, it's just the rookie's 2nd full practice since camp opened. Samuel has a ton of catching up to do and won't be a fantasy option early this season. We'll see if he emerges as a waiver-wire target at some point.

Panthers WR Devin Funchess is having an "excellent camp," writes the Charlotte Observer's Jordan Rodrigue. WR Curtis Samuel, meanwhile, continues to be sidelined by a hamstring injury. Funchess is locked into a starting spot on the outside opposite Kelvin Benjamin. He's been inefficient through 2 NFL seasons but is a former 2nd-round pick who's still just 23 years old. Funchess is worth a look at his dirt-cheap price tag.

Panthers WR Curtis Samuel is dealing with a hamstring strain, according to Bill Voth of the team's official site. Samuel reportedly felt "tightness" in the hammy on Thursday and has been sent back to Charlotte to be evaluated. There's no timetable for his return to the field. The rookie was already a long shot for reliable fantasy production this season -- and the missed practice time obviously won't help his cause.

Panthers QB Cam Newton threw in Wednesday's training camp session. He threw with teammates earlier this month, but this was his 1st time chucking it around in a formal practice since undergoing shoulder surgery in March. "Another step in the process,'' Newton said. "It's a start. Everything felt good, but we have a long way to go to get where I know we can be." Barring a setback, the shoulder shouldn't be an issue by the time Week 1 rolls around.

Panthers QB Cam Newton will throw to some teammates next week. He missed offseason workouts after undergoing surgery on his throwing shoulder in March. "The biggest thing is just getting on the same page where everybody is in sync," said RB Christian McCaffrey, who will attend the workouts. "Nobody is worried about Cam. He’s going to be just fine. He’s a helluva player, a helluva athlete. He’ll adjust real quickly." We'll be monitoring Newton when training camp opens, but it's looking more and more like the shoulder will be a non-issue by the time Week 1 rolls around.

Panthers QB Cam Newton said he’s “hands down” the thinnest he’s been at this point in any offseason. "I don't want to lose strength, and it's not me wanting to lose weight to become faster," Newton said via Carolina’s official site. "It's me realizing I'm not that same 21-year-old that came into this league that can eat a bag of gummies and then go out and play four quarters of football.” Now 28, Newton’s looking to rebound from an ugly 2016 that included career lows in completion rate and yards per attempt.


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