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Panthers DE Mario Addison (knee) and Julius Peppers (shoulder) are active for today's game at Detroit. Both pass rushers entered the day questionable after barely practicing during the week. It's a common scenario for Peppers, who should be used as normal. Addison carries a bit more risk but faces a better individual matchup. As the starting right DE, Addison will get Lions LT Greg Robinson (rather than RT Rick Wagner). Pro Football Focus grades Robinson 65th among 66 qualifying OTs.

Panthers DE Mario Addison (knee) and DE Julius Peppers (shoulder) are both questionable for Sunday's game at Detroit. Addison returned to a limited practice Friday after missing the 1st 2 days. Peppers sat out all 3 days of workouts. We'll check on their statuses Sunday morning. Each carries obvious risk as an IDP option.

Panthers WR Curtis Samuel (back) isn’t listed on the final Week 5 injury report. He’ll play against the Lions on Sunday after missing last week’s game. The rookie has just 43 total yards through appearances and isn’t a fantasy option.

The Panthers have ruled CB Daryl Worley out for Sunday's game at New England because of a shoulder injury. He missed the whole week of practice. LB Thomas Davis, however, didn't even make the final injury report despite missing 2 days and putting in only a limited workout Friday. He's dealing with a rib injury but appears ready to play. We'll certainly keep an eye out Sunday for his status.

Panthers WR Curtis Samuel (back) is out for Sunday’s game against the Patriots. We don’t have any details on the injury — but Samuel has struggled staying healthy early in his pro career. His absence leaves Russell Shepard as Carolina’s #3 WR.

Panthers LB Thomas Davis sat out Wednesday's practice with a rib injury that knocked him out of Sunday's loss to the Saints. We'll keep an eye on his participation as the week progresses.

11:09am EDT 9/24/17

Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder, ankle) is active for today’s game against the Saints. There was never any concern about his availability. Newton has struggled through 2 weeks, but this is a get-right spot against a bad New Orleans defense missing CBs Marshon Lattimore and Sterling Moore.

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.

 
 
 

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