Shark Bites

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Panthers QB Cam Newton (foot) is expected to be ready to practice after the Week 7 bye. Carolina has gone 4-0 under QB Kyle Allen, although his play has been uneven. We'll see if Newton is ready to return for Week 8 against the 49ers -- and then if the Panthers go back to him.

Panthers CB Donte Jackson (groin) is inactive for today's game against the Buccaneers. S Eric Reid (ankle) and LB Shaq Thompson (ankle) are active after entering the day questionable. They should be OK to use in IDP lineups.

The Panthers have deemed LB Shaq Thompson (ankle), S Eric Reid (ankle) and CB Donte Jackson (groin) questionable for Sunday morning's game in London. Thompson and Reid both put in limited practices the past 2 days after beginning the week on the sideline. Jackson practiced the first 2 days but then was limited Friday. He missed the past 2 games with the groin injury and shouldn't be in IDP lineups. We'll check on the other 2 Sunday morning, when inactives for that game arrive at 8 a.m. ET.

Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey (back) isn't listed on the final Week 6 injury report. He didn't practice on Wednesday, but HC Ron Rivera said that giving CMC Wednesdays off will be the norm going forward. He put in full workouts on Thursday and Friday. Expect McCaffrey to play his usual workhorse role in London on Sunday morning.

Panthers HC Ron Rivera said that RB Christian McCaffrey's back is "a little sore" but that he's "doing just fine." CMC sat out Wednesday's practice, but Rivera said that'll be the new normal going forward. It's a smart move by the Panthers considering they've fed McCaffrey 27.2 touches per game. He remains a locked-in RB1 for Sunday's game against the Bucs.

Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey missed Wednesday's practice and was listed on the injury report with a back. He was sidelined late in last week's win over the Jaguars with what was reported as cramps, but it looks like there might be more to it. We'll get another update on CMC tomorrow. RB Reggie Bonnafon is his handcuff.

Panthers QB Cam Newton (foot) won't travel with the team to London and is out for Sunday's game against the Bucs, HC Ron Rivera said Tuesday. Newton is reportedly out of his walking boot, so a Week 8 return (after a Week 7 bye) seems possible. QB Kyle Allen gets another start this weekend and is a viable starter vs. Tampa's 27th-ranked QB defense.

Panthers Edge Brian Burns (wrist), DT Gerald McCoy (knee) and S Eric Reid (ankle) are active for today's game against the Jaguars. Burns carries the most IDP intrigue among the 3.

Panthers Edge Brian Burns (wrist), DT Gerald McCoy (knee) and S Eric Reid (ankle) are all expected to play against the Jaguars today, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports. McCoy isn't much of an IDP option even when healthy. Reid managed just 1 limited practice this week and looks like a high-risk, low-reward fantasy play. Burns carries the most upside against a Jags offense allowing the league's 11th highest sack rate. Two of Jacksonville's past 3 opponents have notched 4+ sacks.

The Panthers will go without CB Donte Jackson for the 2nd straight week this Sunday. He's out with a groin injury. DL Gerald McCoy, Edge Brian Burns and S Eric Reid are questionable. Reid (ankle) put in only a limited Friday practice and looks like a poor IDP bet even if he's active for the game. McCoy (knee) did not practice Thursday or Friday after practicing in full on Wednesday. Burns (wrist) didn't practice Wednesday or Thursday but then put in a full workout Friday. He'll be the guy to watch Sunday morning, with an upside sack matchup against the Jaguars.

The Panthers are placing DT Kawann Short on IR with a partially torn rotator cuff that will require surgery, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. Short missed Sunday's win at Houston, and his absence certainly didn't seem to hurt the defense overall. The fill-in plan looks like a rotation. Only Dontari Poe and Gerald McCoy played more than 18 interior snaps against the Texans, and neither saw his playing time grow. Kyle Love, Vernon Butler and Efe Obada mixed in as well.

The Panthers will face the Texans today without CB Donte Jackson (groin) and DT Kawann Short (shoulder). Both are inactive after entering the day questionable. Their absences ding a defense already facing 1 of the league's more high-powered offenses. DE Bruce Irvin will play for the first time this season. He also entered questionable with a hamstring injury. We'll see how his return affects the playing time of rookie Brian Burns. The rookie should be your IDP play for Week 4, though, in an upside spot.

The Athletic's Joseph Person hears that Panthers QB Cam Newton is dealing with a Lisfranc injury. That's much more significant than just a sprained foot. Person notes that the timetable for return for Lisfranc injuries tends to be in the 4-8 week range. The Panthers have a Week 7 bye, so we're now expecting Newton to be sidelined until at least Week 8. We'll continue to keep a close eye on him, but he's droppable in shallower fantasy leagues.

The Panthers have ruled QB Cam Newton (foot) out for Sunday's game against the Texans. "We want him at 100 percent when he’s ready, so there’s no exact timetable for his return,” HC Ron Rivera said. It's a smart move by Carolina, especially after QB Kyle Allen's impressive Week 3 outing. Allen will be a deep-league spot-start option vs. Houston this week.

Panthers DT Kawann Short (shoulder) is inactive for today's game against the Cardinals. Short has garnered the top overall Pro Football Focus grade among Panthers starting D-linemen so far, rating higher as a pass-rusher than run defender. His absence doesn't significantly alter the fantasy outlook but certainly doesn't hurt Cardinals fantasy options.

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Panthers TE Greg Olsen (back) is active for today’s game against the Cardinals. He practiced all week, including full workouts on Thursday and Friday. Olsen is safe to keep in fantasy lineups vs. an Arizona defense that allowed a 6-131-1 line to T.J. Hockenson in Week 1 and an 8-112-1 to Mark Andrews last week.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that there's a "real chance" Panthers QB Cam Newton (foot) returns to practice on Wednesday. "He's day-to-day, not week-to-week," Rapoport adds. So this might end up being just a 1-game absence for Newton. We'll keep a close eye on his practice participation this coming week.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirms that Panthers TE Greg Olsen (back) will play against the Cardinals today. He's listed as questionable on the injury report but played -- and produced well -- through this injury last week. Olsen is a locked-in TE1 vs. an Arizona defense that's been shredded by TEs T.J. Hockenson and Mark Andrews so far.

Panthers TE Greg Olsen (back) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Cardinals. He played through this injury last Thursday night and practiced all this week. Olsen should be fine for Sunday and is a solid fantasy play vs. an Arizona defense that allowed a 6-131-1 line to T.J. Hockenson in Week 1 and an 8-112-1 to Mark Andrews last week.

Panthers QB Cam Newton (foot) has been ruled out for Week 3. He was still in a walking boot on Thursday, so he might be looking at a multi-game absence here. QB Kyle Allen starts this weekend's game against the Cardinals. He played well in last year's finale but struggled to a 52.9% completion rate and 4.9 yards per attempt this preseason. Allen is just a low-end QB2 for Week 3 -- but he's worth considering at minimum price on DraftKings.

 
 
 

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