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Panthers TE Greg Olsen (concussion) returned to a limited practice on Wednesday. That gives him a shot to get full clearance ahead of this weekend's game against the Seahawks. We'll get another update tomorrow. Olsen's return would take TE Ian Thomas out of spot-start consideration.

Panthers EDGE Mario Addison (groin) is active for today's game against the Falcons. Play him for a high-ceiling sack matchup in your IDP lineups.

Panthers DE Mario Addison popped up on the injury report Friday as a limited practice participant with a groin injury. He's questionable for Sunday's game against the Falcons. We haven't seen anything else on the injury yet, so we'll look for more on Addison's outlook through the weekend.

Panthers TE Greg Olsen (concussion) is out for Sunday's game against the Falcons. He didn't practice all week and isn't a lock to return for Week 15. Ian Thomas will serve as Carolina's lead TE this weekend. He averaged 5.3 targets, 3.9 catches and 35.5 yards in the 9 games Olsen either missed or left early last year.

Panthers TE Greg Olsen (concussion) remained sidelined for Thursday's practice. He's not going to play against the Falcons this weekend, making TE Ian Thomas a spot-start option. Thomas averaged 3.9 catches and 35.5 yards in the 9 games Olsen either missed or left early last season.

Panthers QB Cam Newton has decided to have surgery on his Lisfranc injury, according to NFL Network's Tiffany Blackmon. Newton is expected to be sidelined 8 to 10 weeks, which would put him back on the field in late January or early February. Due $18.6 million in 2020 -- on top of a $2 million option bonus -- Newton's future in Carolina is completely up in the air.

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.

Panthers HC Ron Rivera confirmed after Sunday's loss to the Redskins that TE Greg Olsen is in the concussion protocol. It's his 3rd documented concussion. We'll track Olsen's progress this coming week, but consider him no better than 50/50 for Week 14. Olsen's absence would leave lead TE duties to Ian Thomas, who averaged 3.9 catches and 35.5 yards in the 9 games Olsen missed all of most of last season.

Panthers TE Greg Olsen took a hit to the head in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's game against the Redskins. He appeared to briefly lose consciousness but was eventually able to walk off the field. He's going for a concussion test. Stay tuned for an update.

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.

The Panthers have signed K Greg Joseph to their practice squad. K Joey Slye missed 2 XPs and a late 28-yard FG in Sunday's 3-point loss to the Saints. We'll see if Carolina gives Slye another chance or makes the move to Joseph. Avoid the situation in Week 13 fantasy lineups.

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 Panthers claimed RB Mike Davis off waivers. He's obviously no threat to Christian McCaffrey, but Davis might be the favorite for touches over Reggie Bonnafon if McCaffrey goes down.

Panthers CB James Bradberry is inactive for today's game against the Packers with a groin injury. That improves the matchup for Green Bay WR Davante Adams. DT Vernon Butler (back) is active after arriving questionable. Butler's not much of an IDP option, though.

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The Bears have released RB Mike Davis. He's totaled just 3 carries and 1 target over the past 5 games, so there's no fantasy impact here in Chicago. Davis, though, could gain fantasy value if he lands somewhere like Detroit or Miami.

Panthers LB James Bradberry (groin) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Packers. Bradberry missed practice Wednesday and Thursday before putting in a limited workout Friday. We'll see about his status Sunday morning. Bradberry sitting would help the outlook for Green Bay WR Davante Adams.

Panthers WR Curtis Samuel (hamstring) isn’t listed on the final Week 10 injury report. He put in full practices on Thursday and Friday after sitting out Wednesday. Samuel remains a boom/bust WR3 for Sunday’s game in Green Bay.

Panthers WR Curtis Samuel (hamstring) put in a full practice on Thursday. So it looks like Wednesday was more of a rest day. Samuel remains a boom/bust WR3 for this weekend's game vs. the Packers.

 
 
 

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