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The Panthers have named Joe Brady their new OC. It's been a rapid rise for the 30-year-old, who spent 2017 and 2018 as an offensive assistant under Sean Payton in New Orleans and this past year as LSU's passing game coordinator. Brady won the 2019 Broyles Award as the top assistant coach in college football and was given a lot of credit for QB Joe Burrow's massive 5,671-yard, 60-TD campaign. It's an exciting -- albeit risky -- hire by the Panthers.

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.

The Panthers are hiring Matt Rhule as their new HC, Yahoo Sports' Pete Thamel reports. Rhule has been a hot name in coaching circles after he led a 1-11 Baylor team in his first season to a combined 18-9 record over the past 2 years. He spent 4 seasons as Temple's HC prior to that and also has 1 year of experience as the Giants' assistant offensive line coach under Tom Coughlin. Rhule's Baylor squads ranked 25th, 19th and 43rd in the nation in passing yards per game.

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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.

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.

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Panthers WR Curtis Samuel (knee) is active for today’s game against the Colts. He was added to the injury report on Thursday and didn’t practice on Friday, so the ankle is a real concern. So is QB play in rookie Will Grier’s 1st start. Samuel isn’t a recommended Week 16 fantasy play.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Panthers WR Curtis Samuel is expected to play today against the Colts. Samuel is officially questionable with a knee injury that arose during the practice week. It limited his Thursday participation and then kept him out Friday. Combine that with Carolina giving rookie QB Will Grier his 1st pro start in this road game, and Samuel looks like a guy you should try to avoid for fantasy football lineups.

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.

Panthers TE Greg Olsen (concussion) put in a full week of practice and is set to return for Sunday’s game against the Colts. It’s possible that he cedes some work to TE Ian Thomas — and QB Will Grier adds more risk to Olsen’s outlook. Consider him more of a TE2 for Week 16.

Panthers WR Curtis Samuel (knee) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Colts. He was added to the injury report on Thursday and didn’t practice on Friday, so he seems to be in real danger of missing this one. Samuel wasn’t a recommended fantasy play in QB Will Grier’s 1st start anyways. His absence would leave behind a handful of targets for guys like RB Christian McCaffrey, WR D.J. Moore and TE Greg Olsen.

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 TE Greg Olsen said Monday that he's cleared the concussion protocol. Barring a setback, he'll return for this weekend's game against the Colts. Olsen should step back in as Carolina's lead pass-catching TE and will be a low-end fantasy starter for Week 16.

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

Panthers EDGE Mario Addison (chest) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Seahawks. He missed practice Wednesday and Thursday but returned for to limited participation Friday. We'll check Addison's status Sunday morning.

Panthers TE Greg Olsen (concussion) is out for Sunday's game against the Seahawks. He returned to limited practices this week but remains in the protocol. That means another game as lead TE for Ian Thomas, who posted a 5-57-1 line on 10 targets with Olsen out last week. Thomas is a viable TE1 for Week 15.

Panthers EDGE Mario Addison missed practice Wednesday and Thursday with a chest injury. We'll see about his Friday participation and game status. Brian Burns would likely see starter-level playing time if Addison can't play in the upside matchup with the Seahawks.

 
 
 

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