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generic the Carolina Panthers select Cam Newton, click quarterback, Auburn.” These are the words that were announced by the NFL commissioner welcoming in one of the most talented players to ever enter the league. Cam was supposed to be the franchise, the game changer the Panthers needed to lift them to the promise land. And after a record-breaking rookie season, everyone was on board believing the hype was real, even the detractors who predicted a massive crash and burn result.” width=”300″ height=”188″ /> “…and with the first pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Carolina Panthers select Cam Newton, quarterback, Auburn.” These are the words that were announced by the NFL commissioner welcoming in one of the most talented players to ever enter the league. Cam was supposed to be the franchise, the game changer the Panthers needed to lift them to the promise land. And after a record-breaking rookie season, everyone was on board believing the hype was real, even the detractors who predicted a massive crash and burn result.

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Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly suffered his second concussion in the past two seasons Thursday night, a source confirmed.

The Panthers had previously only confirmed that Kuechly was in the concussion protocol after he was carted off the field late in the fourth quarter of the Panthers’ 23-20 win over the New Orleans Saints.

Kuechly now is considering traveling to Pittsburgh this week to visit a concussion specialist, Dr. Michael Collins, to get a second opinion on the injury and how he should proceed.

Kuechly, who suffered a concussion in the Panthers’ 2015 season opener, is the sixth Panthers player to be diagnosed with a concussion this season.

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The Carolina Panthers signed Pro Bowl center Ryan Kalil to a two-year contract extension on Monday that ties him to the team through the 2018 season.

Before signing the new extension, he was set to enter the final season of the six-year, $49 million extension he signed with the team in 2011.

“I think it’s something that a lot of guys start thinking about toward the end of their career, where they’re gonna finish,” Kalil said in a conference call. “And for this organization to give me that opportunity to finish my career here means the world to me. And I couldn’t imagine finishing my career in a better place than this franchise.”

When the Panthers decided to rescind their franchise tender on cornerback Josh Norman, general manager Dave Gettleman said the team did so in part to gain salary-cap flexibility to re-sign other players on the team. Besides Kalil, defensive tackle Kawann Short also is a candidate to receive an extension.

“Ryan is still playing at an extremely high level and was very deservedly an All-Pro again in 2015,” Gettleman said in a statement. “The other part of this is that Ryan is a great leader. In 2014, he was instrumental in keeping that offensive line group together. That group had a lot of young players and there were moving parts because of injuries, but Ryan helped them maintain their confidence, and that was a big part of us winning five of our last six games. On and off the field, Ryan is a pro’s pro, and we’re all very excited about this.”

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ATLANTA — Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera paused earlier this week after being asked when he’d be concerned about his team’s slow start before finally replying, buy “That’s a good question.’’

Now might be the time, story Coach.

The Panthers are reeling.

Sunday’s 48-33 loss to Atlanta sent the defending NFC champions to a 1-3 start and left them two games behind the Falcons in the NFC South.

It also may have left Carolina without quarterback Cam Newton for the next game against Tampa Bay. The reigning NFL MVP was being evaluated for a concussion after taking an unnecessary hit on a two-point conversion run with just under 12 minutes remaining.

Newton almost seemed to be playing chicken with linebacker Deion Jones in the way he casually approached the goal line.

He did not return to the game, viagra 60mg as Derek Anderson finished this mess.

Rivera said Newton “probably’ could have avoided the hit. Jones said it appeared Newton “let up a little bit at the goal line.’

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Carolina Panthers on Friday released starting cornerback Bene’ Benwikere, less than a week after the team gave up 300 yards receiving to Atlanta’s Julio Jones.

Benwikere’s roster spot was filled by cornerback Zack Sanchez, who was signed from the practice squad. The Panthers host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday night.

Benwikere was credited by Pro Football Focus with giving up 220 of Jones’ 300 yards.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said the staff discussed where it was with the secondary over the past couple of days and “decided to move on.”

“We’ve got a group of young guys that we’re looking to play and get them out on the football field,” Rivera said. “It’s something we feel we needed to do as we go forward.

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Thursday night’s N.F.L. game has some intriguing elements. The Carolina Panthers are desperately fighting to save a bad season after their Super Bowl run last year. The New Orleans Saints have the prolific passer Drew Brees and the game-breaking receiver Brandin Cooks.

On the other hand, adiposity it is also a battle between a 3-6 team and a 4-5 team. In that respect, it is very much a typical “Thursday Night Football” game this year.

There is always a sense of anticipation for Thursday night games. After 72 long hours without the N.F.L., fans are hungry for some football. But this season they have been served a slice of mediocrity.

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We’ve actually had a pretty nice run of predictable games on Thursday night in recent weeks.

In Week 8, the Titans dominated the Jaguars as we expected. In Week 9, the Falcons and Buccaneers lit up the scoreboard with their high-flying passing offenses. In Week 10, the Ravens and Browns got through a snoozer with little for Fantasy owners to get excited about.

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Coming off a concussion a few weeks ago, discount Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said he wouldn’t change the way he plays.

That seemed debatable after Newton matched a career low with two carries against New Orleans in his first game back from the concussion protocol. But Newton rushed seven times each in victories over Arizona and Los Angeles the past two games, site equaling his career average for carries per game.

That said, as many times as Newton’s been hit in the pocket this season, Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Newton and offensive coordinator Mike Shula are trying to limit his exposure in the run game. Newton made a point to slide on a couple of carries against the Rams rather than take hits.

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