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August 31, 2009

KR/WR Robinson among Panthers' cuts

The Panthers released Ryne Robinson today, ending his attempt to come back from a knee injury to regain his former kick-returning job. He was also vying to be a backup receiver, but appeared to have lost a step as a result of the knee injury suffered in the 2008 training camp.

The Panthers also released defensive lineman Lorenzo Williams and offensive tackle Gerald Cadogen, and played guard C.J. Davis on injured reserve. They have one more player to release by Tuesday in order to reach the NFL's roster limit of 75.

They'll make more cuts by Saturday to reach the 53-man limit for the regular season. But look for some players from elsewhere to be on the final roster, too. Most likely positions to watch: defensive tackle, offensive line, wide receiver and possibly long snapper.

Running back Jonathan Stewart and linebacker Jon Beason highlighed the list of players who didn't participate in practice because of injuries. Coach John Fox said Stewart was dismissed for "personal reasons."

-- Charles Chandler

Posted by Observer Sports on August 31, 2009 at 01:19 PM | Permalink | Comments (50)

Monday's Panthers links

Monday's Carolina Panthers links from around the internet:

Panthers defense: We have miles to go to improve / Charlotte Observer

Good night for Panthers Goodson, other notes / Charlotte Observer

Sloppy defeat shows Panthers have to improve / Rock Hill Herald

Players whose stock rose and fell / Gaston Gazette

Steelers: Trimming roster to 53 won't be easy / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Steelers: Keisel close to signing new deal / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Posted by Observer Sports on August 31, 2009 at 10:07 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

August 30, 2009

Sunday's Panthers-Ravens links

Panthers lack players, spark in loss to Ravens / Charlotte Observer

Panthers' Goodson makes most of his chances / Charlotte Observer

Panthers injury list, other notes / Charlotte Observer

Fowler: It's obvious Panthers have work to do / Charlotte Observer

Scott Says: Smith's return a positive / Charlotte Observer

Panthers-Ravens slideshow / Charlotte Observer

Charles Chandler's in-game Twitter feed / Charlotte Observer

David Scott's in-game Twitter feed / Charlotte Observer

Scott Fowler's in-game Twitter feed / Charlotte Observer

Mike Persinger's in-game Twitter feed / Charlotte Observer

Scott Fowler: Four things I didn't like / Charlotte Observer

Panthers aren't ready to hit panic button / Rock Hill Herald

Goodson looks sharp as surprise starter / Rock Hill Herald

Ravens take to air in win over Panthers / Baltimore Sun

Preston: Ravens unveil upgraded gameplan / Baltimore Sun

Postgame observations / Baltimore Sun

Ravens-Panthers photo gallery / Baltimore Sun

Hauschka fails to secure kicking job / Baltimore Sun

Concerns mount for Panthers after loss / Gaston Gazette

CB Gamble struggles vs. Ravens / Gaston Gazette

Game summary 

Posted by Observer Sports on August 30, 2009 at 01:27 AM | Permalink | Comments (3)

August 29, 2009

Ravens 17, Panthers 13 (final)

     Wide receiver Steve Smith returned from his shoulder injury. Defensive end Julius Peppers had his first solo tackle of the preseason. And rookie running back Mike Goodson showed more flashes of promise.
      Other than that, and no apparent major injuries, Saturday's 17-13 home NFL exhibition loss to the Baltimore Ravens didn't provide much good news for the Carolina Panthers.
    Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco picked the Panthers apart, completing 23 of 28 passes for 247 yards and a touchdown before leaving after one series in the third quarter, his team up 17-3.
     Carolina rallied in the fourth quarter, using mostly players who are fighting for roster spots, but came up short.
     The Panthers dropped to 0-3 in these practice games, and that could be a bad omen.
     The Panthers have lost their first three exhibition games three other times -- in 1997, 2000 and 2002, and in each of those seasons they finished 7-9 and missed the playoffs.

Posted by Observer Sports on August 29, 2009 at 11:00 PM | Permalink | Comments (37)

Ravens control first half

The Carolina Panthers were looking for improvement in tonight's exhibition vs. Baltimore, but it would be a stretch to say they've been better than last week against Miami.

Baltimroe leads 14-3 at halftime in a matchup of both team's starting lineups.

Of course, Carolina is playing without running backs DeAngelo Williams (sore knee) and Jonathan Stewart (sore Achilles); linebackers Jon Beason (knee) and Thomas Davis (knee), and safety Charles Godfrey (hand), but it's still been a lackluster performance.

The Ravens lead at halftime by a wide margin in first downs (16-4) and total offense (231-104 yards) and time of possession (18:34 to 11:26).

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco had a huge first half, completing 17 of 22 passes for 199 yards, including a 9-yard touchdown to tight end Todd Heap.

Carolina opened the scoring with a 38-yard field goal by John Kasay, but Baltimore came back with scoring drives of 80 and 90 yards.

One bright spot for Carolina was that Pro Bowl wide receiver Steve Smith got his first playing time of the preseason. He caught a 26-yard pass from Jake Delhomme after they were unable to connect on a deep pass of about 40 yards. Earlier in the game, Smith was penalized 15 yards for a facemask penalty after making a 10-yard reception.

Rookie running back Mike Goodson had some solid moments for the Panthers, rushing six times for 15 yards and catches two passes for 22 yards.

Delhomme's highlight was a 31-yard completion over the middle to tight end Jeff King.

-- Charles Chandler

Posted by Observer Sports on August 29, 2009 at 09:27 PM | Permalink | Comments (30)

Peppers faring better tonight

Panthers DE Julius Peppers is much more noticeable tonight than he has been so far in the preseason. He just ran down receiver Derrick Mason for a tackle, two plays after nearly sacking Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco, decking him to force an imcompletion. Earlier, Peppers came from the opposite side of the field to almost run down Flacco.

-- Charles Chandler

Posted by Observer Sports on August 29, 2009 at 09:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (20)

Smith still in uniform

Looks more like Steve Smith could play. He's still in uniform as the team comes out for pregame introductions, less than six minutes before kickoff.

-- Charles Chandler

Posted by Observer Sports on August 29, 2009 at 08:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (6)

Smith, Davis in uniform

Wide receiver Steve Smith and linebacker Thomas Davis are in unform for pre-game warmups, but running back Jonathan Stewart is not.

If Smith and Davis play tonight against the Ravens, it would be their first exhibition appearance. Smith has been recovering from a bruised shoulder and Davis a srained MCL in his knee. It's entirely possible one or both of them won't play. Several players dressed out for warmups last week at Miami, but didn't play and watched from the sidelines in street clothes once the game started.

Linebacker Jon Beason (knee) and safety Charles Godfrey (hand) also are not in in uniform tonight during warmups.

-- Charles Chandler

Posted by Observer Sports on August 29, 2009 at 07:30 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday's Panthers gameday links

Saturday's Panthers links from around the internet.

Panthers: 18-game NFL season could mean shorter careers / Charlotte Observer

Fowler: Extend NFL season to 18 games ASAP / Charlotte Observer

Gameday: Ravens at Panthers what to watch / Charlotte Observer

Panthers roster / Charlotte Observer

Ravens roster / Baltimore Sun

Panthers S Godfrey artificially healed, other NFL notes / Charlotte Observer

Game preview / Sports Network via charlotteobserver.com

NFL roundup: Brady's shoulder hurt in Patriots' win over Redskins / Charlotte Observer

Panthers starters will see plenty of time tonight / Rock Hill Herald

Ravens: WRs have chance to shine vs. Panthers / Baltimore Sun

Ravens: What to watch for from Ravens / Baltimore Sun

Ravens blog: Officials not enforcing new kickoff rule / Baltimore Sun

Ravens: Cheerleader slideshow / Baltimore Sun

How important is a win for Panthers? Depends / Gaston Gazette

Panthers-Ravens, five players to watch / Gaston Gazette

Steelers: Starters to play little vs. Panthers next week / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Posted by Observer Sports on August 29, 2009 at 08:11 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

August 28, 2009

Godfrey 'artificially' healing

Panthers coach John Fox said Friday that safety Charles Godfrey's broken hand is "artificially" healing -- meaning some kind of hardware (a plate, screws) was inserted when he had surgery earlier this week.

Fox said Godfrey broke a bone on the top of his right hand in the Panthers' loss last Saturday to the Miami Dolphins. Having a plate/screws inserted,  Fox said, circumvents the natural healing process and will allow Godfrey to wear a cast that will give him the freedom to more freely move his hand (as opposed to a club-type cast) when he plays again.

When that is, though, Fox wouldn't say. He said Godfrey is "day to day."

Fox also said some regulars who have been limited by injuries this preseason could play next week against Pittsburgh in the Panthers' final exhibition. Players like R Steve Smith, LB Thomas Davis and RB Jonathan Stewart haven't played in the Panthers' first two exhibitions. Fox wouldn't say whether they would play Saturday against the Baltimore Ravens. Stewart, who hasn't practiced in more than two weeks because of a sore Achilles, is a virtual certainty not to play against the Ravens. -- David Scott

Posted by Observer Sports on August 28, 2009 at 10:56 AM | Permalink | Comments (29)