Panthers keep 4 players out of practice on Wednesday

Panthers DT DeShawn Williams was out of practice on Wednesday due to a knee injury.

The Carolina Panthers held out four players from practice on Wednesday.

One of those absentees was defensive lineman DeShawn Williams, who was listed with a knee injury. Williams, who has recorded 24 combined tackles and a sack, has played in all 12 games for Carolina this season.

Also out was the veteran trio of wide receiver Adam Thielen, right tackle Taylor Moton and cornerback Troy Hill. All received rest days for the afternoon.

Here’s the first official injury report for the team’s Week 14 matchup against the New Orleans Saints:

Injury Wednesday Thursday Friday Game status
CB Troy Hill Rest/ankle DNP
OT Taylor Moton Rest/knee DNP
WR Adam Thielen Rest DNP
DT DeShawn Williams Knee DNP
S Vonn Bell Shoulder Limited
C Bradley Bozeman Ankle Limited
S Jeremy Chinn Quadriceps Limited
OLB Yetur Gross-Matos Hamstring Limited
OLB Marquis Haynes Sr. Back Limited
CB Jaycee Horn Hamstring Limited
TE Hayden Hurst Concussion Limited
TE Stephen Sullivan Shoulder Limited
TE Tommy Tremble Hip Limited
OLB Amaré Barno Ankle Full

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Panthers sign 2 WRs to practice squad on Wednesday

The Panthers signed WRs Cam Sims and Jalen Camp to their practice squad on Wednesday.

The Carolina Panthers filled a couple of empty spots on their practice squad this afternoon.

As reported by Darin Gantt of on Wednesday, the team has added wideouts Cam Sims and Jalen Camp to the group. The two pass catchers now account as the 14th and 15th members of the practice squad, which lost fellow receiver Matt Landers and outside linebacker Jordan Thomas yesterday.

Sims, a University of Alabama product, cracked into the NFL as an undrafted free agent with Washington in 2018. The 6-foot-5, 214-pounder recorded five seasons in the nation’s capital, where he reeled in 57 receptions for 804 yards and three touchdowns over 55 games.

He spent the summer with the Las Vegas Raiders and picked up a pair of practice-squad stints with the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles released Sims on Tuesday.

Camp, a former sixth-round pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars, played five games for the Houston Texans between 2021 and 2022. The 25-year-old was most recently a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ practice squad.

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Panthers announce huge changes for training camp, practice facility

The Panthers will no longer hold training camp at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C.

Farewell, Sparkle City.

The Carolina Panthers announced on Wednesday morning that they will no longer hold training camp at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C. They will, instead, remain in Charlotte for their summer workouts—ending a near 30-year-old partnership with the institution.

Kristi Coleman, President of the Carolina Panthers, said the following through the organization’s official release:

“We’re excited to hold training camp at our facility in Charlotte. We appreciate Wofford and the Spartanburg community for their hospitality over the years. We are dedicated to the fans in South Carolina, and we will continue to bring fan and community events to the state.”

Wofford College hosted the Panthers for training camp since the team’s inception in 1995. The franchise does, however, plan to feature Fan Fest—usually held at Bank of America Stadium—in South Carolina.

The Panthers also announced that the Atrium Health Dome, located across from Bank of America Stadium, will be removed at the end of the regular season in January. The changes will provide the space for three full practice fields, an upgrade from the one full field (and three-fourths of another) players and coaches currently use.

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Panthers sign QB Jake Luton, release 2 players from practice squad

The Panthers brought back QB Jake Luton to their practice squad on Tuesday.

The Carolina Panthers made a few moves to their practice squad on Tuesday.

Coming in, or coming back in, is quarterback Jake Luton. The 27-year-old passer was released from the group this past Thursday, when the team had to make room for guard Deonte Brown.

Luckily for Luton, there’s now room for him and his third stint on Carolina’s practice squad this season. His first run ended back on Sept. 26—when the division rival New Orleans Saints, this weekend’s opponents, poached him to their active roster.

Luton, a 2020 sixth-round pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars, has played three regular-season games in his NFL career—all of which came during his rookie season. He appeared in two of the Panthers’ preseason contests this past summer, where he completed eight of his 19 passing attempts for 119 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

The Panthers, additionally, cleared a bit more space on the practice squad—releasing wide receiver Matt Landers and outside linebacker Jordan Thomas.

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Panthers sign Justin McCray to active roster

The Panthers have signed G Justin McCray to their active roster.

Justin McCray has taken Brett Toth’s place twice.

On Monday, the Carolina Panthers waived Toth—who started in the Week 12 loss against the Tennessee Titans. So, to fill the vacancy, the team signed McCray—who started in the Week 13 loss against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers—to the active roster on Tuesday.

The veteran interior lineman had been called up from the practice squad this past Saturday, giving him three standard elevations on the season. That trio of promotions forced Carolina’s hand to either waive McCray or, as they did, make him a member of the 53-man roster.

McCray manned the left guard position in the 21-18 defeat on Sunday. He played in every one of the offense’s 72 snaps from the interior along with undrafted rookie Nash Jensen, who took the right side in his first career start.

The 31-year-old hog molly, per Pro Football Focus, allowed three pressures of quarterback Bryce Young over 38 pass-blocking opportunities.

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Bradley Bozeman named Panthers’ Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee

Panthers C Bradley Bozeman has been named one of 32 nominees for the 2023 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.

The man in the middle may end up being the man of the year.

On Tuesday, the NFL announced its 32 nominees for the 2023 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. Representing the Carolina Panthers is center Bradley Bozeman.

Despite being in only his second year as a member of the organization, Bozeman has firmly established his presence within the community. Through the Bradley and Nikki Bozeman Foundation, as well as their SYNC (Serving Your Neighbors and Communities) Program, the lovable hog molly and his beloved wife Nikki have worked to combat childhood bullying and food insecurity.

Bozeman will now wear a Walter Payton Man of the Year decal on his helmet for the remaining five games of the season. That decal can turn into a patch on his jersey if he is announced as this year’s winner, which we’ll find out during NFL Honors on the night of Thursday, Feb. 8

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Panthers waive G Brett Toth

The Panthers have waived G Brett Toth, who started for the team in Week 12.

The Carolina Panthers are still doing some construction on their offensive line.

As first reported by Darin Gantt of on Monday, the team has waived guard Brett Toth.

Toth signed with Carolina back on Oct. 24, alongside outside linebacker Luiji Vilain. Prior to joining the Panthers, the United States Military Academy product broke into the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Philadelphia Eagles—for whom he appeared in 17 games between the 2020 and 2021 campaigns.

The 6-foot-6, 304-pounder played three games this season, including a start in Week 12 against the Tennessee Titans. Toth received the nod at right guard, where he allowed four pressures over 44 pass-blocking opportunities in the 17-10 loss.

Week 13 saw a new starting combination for the Panthers, who lined up Justin McCray on the left side and undrafted rookie Nash Jensen on the right.

The lead candidate to fill Toth’s spot on the roster may be veteran Gabe Jackson, who signed with the team’s practice squad last Wednesday.

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Chuba Hubbard nominated for FedEx Ground Player of the Week

Chuba Hubbard’s standout performance in Tampa has him up for the FedEx Ground Player of the Week honors.

The Carolina Panthers still don’t have more than one win here in 2023, but they finally have a critically-acclaimed performance.

After yesterday’s productive outing against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, running back Chuba Hubbard has been named a nominee for the FedEx Ground Player of the Week.

Hubbard notched all kinds of bests in the 21-18 loss, including a career-high 25 rushing attempts. He turned those opportunities into 104 yards, his most of the campaign, and a pair of touchdowns.

His output made him the first 100-yard rusher on the season for the Panthers. He also became just the second player to tally 100 rushing yards against the Buccaneers in 2023.

Hubbard faces some stiff competition in Arizona’s James Conner (25 carries, 105 yards, two touchdowns) and Tennessee’s Derrick Henry (21 carries, 102 yards, two touchdowns).

The voting for this week’s honors is open until Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. ET. You can cast your vote on or through the NFL’s official Twitter account.

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Chris Tabor proud of Panthers for ‘choppin’ wood’ in Week 13 loss

Chris Tabor was most proud of his players’ fight in his first game as Panthers interim HC.

Chris Tabor may have himself 50 or so lumberjacks on his sideline—and he couldn’t be more proud of it.

On Monday, following his first game as the interim head coach of the Carolina Panthers, Tabor spoke with reporters to put a bow on the 21-18 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. And despite the defeat, he was most encouraged by their resolve until the very end.

“I think the thing that I was pleased about—when we got down 11, the wheels didn’t come off of the cart,” Tabor said. “And maybe for a second, we said, ‘Hey guys, there’s 11:28 left on the clock. There’s a lot of football left. Let’s just kinda keep choppin’ wood. It might not be the prettiest, that’s okay. Let’s keep playin’, give ourselves a chance.’ And the kids did that.”

A 19-yard touchdown run by wide receiver Chris Godwin pushed the Buccaneers to a 21-10 lead at the 11:36 mark of the fourth quarter. But, as Tabor recounted, his players didn’t drop their axes.

The Panthers responded with an 11-play, 75-yard touchdown drive capped off by running back Chuba Hubbard’s second score of the day. Quarterback Bryce Young then proceeded to punch in a two-point conversion to cut the deficit to three.

Unfortunately for Carolina, the offense couldn’t complete the comeback after an ensuing three-and-out stand from their defense—as Young tossed a game-clinching pick to safety Antoine Winfield Jr. on a fourth-and-1.

Nonetheless, Tabor and the Panthers still may have had enough wood to keep at least a little warm on the trip home.

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