Panthers LB Luke Kuechly has announced his retirement. Kuechly just finished his age-28 season and 8th NFL campaign. He hasn't missed a game since 2017 and has missed just 1 game over the past 3 seasons. Kuechly famously lost the ends of his 2015 and 2016 seasons to concussions, and those issues likely factored into this decision. Kuechly has reportedly played through other issues even while not missing games the past 2 years. His departure leaves Carolina likely looking for a replacement this offseason. Shaq Thompson just signed a 4-year extension in December and will continue to start. Jermaine Carter looks like the best bet for a replacement on the current roster. The 2nd-year, former 5th-round pick played full time in the final 2 regular-season games with Thompson out.
Panthers QB Will Grier was benched in the 2nd quarter of Sunday's game against the Saints after completing 1 of 8 passes for 4 yards and an INT. It was a truly pathetic performance. Between the preseason and his 2 regular-season starts, Grier has shown nothing to suggest that he has much of an NFL future. QB Kyle Allen will close out the season for Carolina.
Jets WR Robby Anderson (calf) is active for today’s game against the Bills. He was limited in practice all week, so don’t expect him to be operating at 100% today. Anderson’s matchup did get a boost, though, with CB Tre’Davious White deactivated.
Jets WR Robby Anderson (calf) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Bills after a limited week of practice. We’ve heard nothing to suggest the injury is serious, but it’s possible Anderson is held out of this meaningless finale. We’ll get his official status by noon ET on Sunday.
The Panthers have ruled LB Shaq Thompson (foot) out for Sunday's finale against the Saints. Jermaine Carter started and played every snap in place of Thompson last week but tallied just 2 tackles against the Colts. He's not a strong option for your Week 17 IDP lineup.
Panthers WR D.J. Moore (concussion) is out for Sunday's finale against the Saints. That leaves Carolina with Curtis Samuel, Jarius Wright and Chris Hogan atop the depth chart. We'd still try to avoid all 3 guys with Will Grier under center.
Panthers WR D.J. Moore (concussion) remained sidelined on Thursday. He's looking like a long shot to play in this weekend's finale against the Saints. Moore averaged 9.5 targets over his first 14 games, so he leaves behind a lot of volume for guys like Christian McCaffrey, Curtis Samuel and Greg Olsen.
Panthers WR D.J. Moore sustained a concussion in the 1st half of Sunday's game against the Colts and is done for the day. We'll see if he can get cleared for Week 17.
The Panthers have ruled LB Shaq Thompson out for Sunday's game against the Colts with an ankle injury. Jermaine Carter -- a 5th-round pick from 2018 -- will start in Thompson's place. We'd look elsewhere for a fantasy replacement, though.
The Panthers are expected to start QB Will Grier against the Colts this weekend, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Carolina selected Grier with the 100th overall pick of this spring's draft after he completed 65.7% of his passes and averaged 9.4 yards per attempt in his 2 seasons as West Virginia's starter. Grier earned Pro Football Focus’ 2nd-best passing grade last year (behind only Kyler Murray) and was 1 of our favorite sleepers in this year's QB class. He struggled in preseason action, though. And the fact that it took Carolina this long to turn to him is a concern. Grier isn't a viable Week 16 fantasy play -- but it's tough to see him being a downgrade from QB Kyle Allen, who's averaged just 6.7 yards per attempt with 10 INTs over his last 5 games.
Panthers S Eric Reid and DE Mario Addison (chest) are active for today's game against the Seahawks. He was a late addition to the injury report because of an illness but looks good to go for IDP lineups. Addison should start in most cases as well.
Panthers S Eric Reid is now questionable for Sunday’s game against the Seahawks because of an illness. We’ll obviously update his status Sunday morning. An active Reid will be worth playing in your IDP lineup, though, barring word that they’ll limit his playing time. Reid has on multiple occasions played through injuries that rendered him questionable and limited him to minimal or no practice. Reid has been one of the top-scoring DBs on the year and a consistent producer
The Panthers have fired HC Ron Rivera. He's been with Carolina since 2011, compiling a 76-63-1 record with 4 playoff appearances. But the Panthers went 7-9 last year and are currently sitting at 5-7. Secondary coach Perry Fewell will take over as interim head coach, OC Norv Turner will move into an assistant role and QB coach Scott Turner will serve as OC for the final 4 games of the season. We're not expecting any tangible fantasy impacts from the moves.
Jets QB Sam Darnold suffered a left foot injury late in the loss to the Bengals but never exited the game. Neither Darnold nor HC Adam Gase sounded concerned afterward. "He just took some shots on the last drive,” Gase said. “He kind of got torqued a little bit, but he should be all right.” We’ll keep an eye on Darnold this coming week.
Panthers S Eric Reid (ankle) is active for today's game against Washington. He put in just a limited Thursday practice this week between 2 days on the sideline, so there's obviously elevated risk. Reid has been a top-shelf IDP producer for more than a month, though, and faces a high-upside matchup in Washington QB Dwayne Haskins. Reid's worth the risk for most IDP owners.
Panthers S Eric Reid (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's game against Washington. Reid went from no practice Wednesday to a limited Thursday workout and then sitting out Friday. We'll see about his status Sunday morning.
Panthers CB Donte Jackson (hip) is active for today's game against the Falcons. Jackson managed only a limited Friday practice this week, so he'll almost certainly be playing at less than full strength. This still looks like an upside matchup for Atlanta WR Calvin Ridley.
The Panthers will get top CB James Bradberry (groin) back for Sunday's game against the Falcons. He returned to full practices Thursday and Friday, and Carolina left him off the final injury report. Bradberry missed last week. Donte Jackson (hip) is questionable for the game. He missed practice Wednesday and Thursday before a limited Friday. Third corner Ross Cockrell is out with a quad injury.
The Cardinals have replaced LB Haason Reddick in base defense with Joe Walker, Cards Wire reports. “I think Joe Walker, right now, has earned the right to play the base downs and Haason, right now, is better at playing the sub downs.” Reddick had been delivering nice fantasy numbers for us, but he'll be useless as a sub-package player. Walker also won't carry much value if he's still sharing the position with Reddick.
Panthers edge Brian Burns had "minor surgery" on his right wrist during the team's bye, according to Joe Person of The Athletic. Burns put in a full practice Friday, though, and didn't even appear on the team's final injury report. So he looks ready for normal playing time against the 49ers. Burns had been dealing with the wrist issue since Week 4, so he might even head into this Sunday better off than he was for the past 2 contests. We'll see whether it means anything for his playing time or production. Burns sits in high-DL3 range in our Week 8 rankings.
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