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November 30, 2012

RB Jonathan Stewart 'very doubtful' for Sunday's game vs. Chiefs

Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said running back Jonathan Stewart is "very doubtful" for Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

"He’s very sore and didn’t do a lot of moving around today," Rivera said. "We’ll see again tomorrow and probably make the decision sometime tomorrow."

Stewart suffered a high left ankle sprain against the Eagles in the second quarter of Monday night's game and did not return. When Stewart sprained his right ankle in the preseason, Rivera referred to Stewart as "very doubtful." He said that term would apply to Stewart for Sunday's game.

In the liklihood that he won't be able to go, former starter DeAngelo Williams will get the nod for the first time since Week 5 against Seattle.

Also doubtful for the Panthers is DE Antwan Applewhite (hamstring). Captain Munnerlyn (hamstring) did not practice Friday and is listed as questionable. He had not participated all week and gave it a go Friday before his hamstring got sore early and the staff sat him.

Cam Newton (right wrist) is probable and has participated fully in practice all week. He injured his wrist when he tried to break his fall after getting knocked down on a screen pass against the Eagles on Monday.

--Jonathan Jones


Posted by Observer Sports on November 30, 2012 at 01:12 PM | Permalink | Comments (6)

November 29, 2012

Video: Panthers coach Ron Rivera talks about stopping Jamaal Charles

Panthers Head Coach Ron Rivera is concerned about how to stop Chiefs Running Back Jamaal Charles. Rivera also talked about how his Carolina Panthers have prepared for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Posted by Observer staff on November 29, 2012 at 04:53 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

November 28, 2012

Panthers may be without Jonathan Stewart vs. Chiefs

The Panthers will face the NFL-worst Kansas City Chiefs possibly without RB Jonathan Stewart and DT Ron Edwards. The Charlotte Observer's Jonathan Jones reports from Bank of America Stadium.

Posted by Observer staff on November 28, 2012 at 06:19 PM | Permalink | Comments (7)

Stewart's status still uncertain

Panthers coach Ron Rivera is hopeful running back Jonathan Stewart won't be sidelined long with a high ankle sprain.

But if he is, Rivera has a capable fill-in in DeAngelo Williams, the former starter and the franchise's all-time leading rusher.

Stewart injured his left ankle on the final play of the first half Monday in a 30-22 win at Philadelphia. Stewart missed two games early in the season with a sprained right ankle.

High ankle sprains often take weeks to heal. But Rivera hopes that's not the case.

It wasn't as bad, that much I know. And it was on his opposite foot, so we'll see how he progresses and go from there,” Rivera said. “We'll see how he responds to the treatment. I saw him coming in today walking. He looked OK. But I'm optimistic.”

Williams was demoted beginning with the Dallas game in Week 7 when the Panthers went to a traditional rushing attack. They have since resumed using more zone-read packages, although Stewart has remained the starter.

If Stewart is out against the Chiefs, fullback Mike Tolbert will back up Williams at tailback.

--Joseph Person


Posted by Observer Sports on November 28, 2012 at 02:00 PM | Permalink | Comments (5)

Cam Newton named NFC Offensive Player of the Week

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton earned his second career NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors this week after his performance against the Philadelphia Eagles on "Monday Night Football."

Newton went 18-of-28 for 306 yards and two touchdowns in the Panthers' 30-22 win against the Eagles. He also ran for a team-high 52 yards and two scores, accouting for all four of Carolina's touchdowns.

He finished with a passer rating of 125.0, which is his second-highest of the season. Also, it marked the first time the Panthers won a game in which Newton threw for more than 300 yards (previously 0-5).

When asked if Monday night was his best game of the season, Newton said: “Absolutely not. I think my best game is still yet to come and I still want to focus on getting better each and every week.”

Newton first won the award in Week 13 of the 2011 season when he passed for 204 yards and a touchdown against Tampa Bay. He also had 54 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns in the 38-19 divisional win.

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on November 28, 2012 at 10:30 AM | Permalink | Comments (2)

November 27, 2012

Video: Joe Person breaks down Panthers' 30-22 win over the Eagles

What was the key in the Carolina Panthers’ victory over the Philadelphia Eagles? Panthers QB Cam Newton spoke after the game. CineSport’s Noah Coslov and The Charlotte Observer’s Joe Person report from Lincoln Financial Field.

Posted by Charlotte Observer on November 27, 2012 at 06:30 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Video: Panthers QB Cam Newton speaks on the Panthers' 30-22 win over Eagles

Cam Newton's Carolina Panthers defeated the Philadelphia Eagles, 30-22 on Monday night. Newton spoke to reporters after his four-touchdown performance for Carolina.

Posted by Charlotte Observer on November 27, 2012 at 06:22 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Ron Edwards to IR; Stewart injured

Panthers defensive tackle Ron Edwards will miss the rest of the season after dislocating his left elbow in Monday's 30-22 win at Philadelphia.

Edwards' injury will take a minimum of four to six weeks to heal. So the Panthers will put him on injured reserve and activate DT Frank Kearse from the practice squad, coach Ron Rivera said Tuesday.

Edwards, who signed as a free agent in 2011, missed all of last season after tearing his triceps during his first training camp practice with the Panthers.

Edwards has started every game this season, and has 14 tackles and one sack.

Sione Fua, Andre Neblett or Kearse will compete for the spot.

“It's very tough because Ron's been very stout for us at the point of attack. He's been doing a nice job, allowing those linebackers to run,” Rivera said. “So now the next guy up has to be able to do that.”

Starting running back Jonathan Stewart has a high left ankle sprain. Stewart missed two games early in the season with a sprained right ankle.

Rivera called Stewart day-to-day.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on November 27, 2012 at 01:40 PM | Permalink | Comments (16)

Video: Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers edge Philadelphia Eagles

The Carolina Panthers defeated the Philadelphia Eagles, 30-22 on Monday night. Cam Newton threw for two touchdowns and also scored two on the ground. Newton and Andy Reid spoke after the game.

Posted by Charlotte Observer on November 27, 2012 at 01:42 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

November 26, 2012

Panthers stretch lead to 30-22 over Philly

Score: Panthers 30, Eagles 22


Scoring Play: Cam Newton 2-yard run.


Drive: Eight plays, 60 yards, 4:35 elapsed time.


Key Play: The Panthers got a huge defensive play, stopping the Eagles on a fourth-and-one with Dwan Edwards making the tackle at the Carolina 40-yard line.


Time of Game: 4:00 remaining in the game.


Worth Mentioning: With a chance to make it a two-score game, Panthers kicker Graham Gano missed the extra point wide to the right, continuing the team's special teams issues.

Posted by Observer Sports on November 26, 2012 at 11:18 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)