Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense19th113.7 (14th)228.1 (20th)
Defense23rd143.5 (29th)231.0 (13th)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
11Anderson, Robby WR6-31905/9/19935Temple
40Armah, Alex FB6-22555/17/19944West Georgia
33Boston, Tre FS6-12056/25/19927North Carolina
5Bridgewater, Teddy QB6-221511/10/19927Louisville
95Brown, Derrick DT6-53184/15/1998RAuburn
53Burns, Brian DE6-52504/23/19982Florida State
36Cannon, Trenton RB5-111857/23/19943Virginia State
56Carter, Jermaine LB6-12251/14/19953Maryland
 Chandler, Sean SAF5-102024/27/19963Temple
3Charlton, Joseph P6-51904/7/1997RSouth Carolina
21Chinn, Jeremy OLB6-32202/26/1998RSouthern Illinois
14Cooper, Pharoh WR5-112103/7/19955South Carolina
65Daley, Dennis G6-63258/7/19962South Carolina
28Davis, Mike RB5-92202/19/19936South Carolina
24Douglas, Rasul CB6-22098/29/19954West Virginia
29Elder, Corn CB5-1018510/9/19944Miami (FL)
42Franklin, Sam SAF6-32102/2/1996RTemple
54Green-Thompson, Shaq OLB6-02304/21/19946Washington
7Grier, Will QB6-12204/3/19952West Virginia
78Hamilton, Woodrow DT6-331512/20/19922Ole Miss
38Hartsfield, Myles DB5-112108/5/1997ROle Miss
98Haynes, Marquis DE6-223512/16/19933Ole Miss
66Horton, Mike G6-432510/7/1996RAuburn
26Jackson, Donte CB5-1018011/8/19953LSU
30Jamerson, Natrell DB5-1120012/15/19953Wisconsin
44Jansen, J.J. LS6-22351/20/198613Notre Dame
92Kerr, Zach DT6-23348/29/19907Delaware
96Larkin, Austin DE6-32654/6/19951Purdue
69Larsen, Tyler C6-43257/8/19915Utah State
74Little, Greg T6-531011/4/19972Ole Miss
82Manhertz, Chris TE6-62554/10/19925Canisius
22McCaffrey, Christian RB5-112056/7/19964Stanford
83Michel, Marken WR5-111917/6/19931Massachusetts
67Miller, John G6-33158/12/19936Louisville
12Moore, D.J. WR6-02104/14/19973Maryland
72Moton, Taylor T6-53253/18/19944Western Michigan
94Obada, Efe DE6-62654/13/19923No College
76Okung, Russell T6-531010/7/198811Oklahoma State
2Palardy, Michael P5-112007/6/19925Tennessee
61Paradis, Matt C6-330010/12/19896Boise State
25Pride, Troy CB5-111951/19/1998RNotre Dame
64Reed, Chris G6-43207/22/19925Minnesota State
27Robinson, Kenny SAF6-22001/8/19991West Virginia
93Roy, Bravvion DT6-133010/18/1996RBaylor
10Samuel, Curtis WR5-111958/11/19964Ohio State
75Schofield, Michael G6-630011/15/19907Michigan
68Scott, Trent T6-53201/25/19943Grambling State
4Slye, Joey K5-112134/10/19962Virginia Tech
50Stanford, Julian LB6-12309/2/19907Wagner
57Taylor, Adarius OLB6-02309/21/19906Florida Atlantic
71Tecklenburg, Sam C6-43101/31/1997RBaylor
80Thomas, Ian TE6-42606/6/19963Indiana
23Thomas-Oliver, Stantley CB6-01906/4/1998RFlorida International
86Thompson, Colin TE6-425512/15/19931Temple
6Walker, P.J. QB5-112122/26/19951Temple
91Weatherly, Stephen DE6-52653/19/19945Vanderbilt
52Whitehead, Tahir MLB6-12404/2/19909Temple
16Zylstra, Brandon WR6-22153/25/19933Concordia (Minn.)
Injured Players
17Bayless, Omar (IR) WR6-121012/15/1996RArkansas State
31Burris, Juston (IR) SS6-02108/4/19935NC State
 Ferris, Jason (IR) LB6-32207/23/1996RWestern Montana
14Frazier, Mose (IR) WR5-111908/30/19931Memphis
97Gross-Matos, Yetur (IR) DE6-52652/26/1998RPenn State
19Kirkwood, Keith (IR) WR6-321012/26/19943Temple
99Short, Kawann (IR) DT6-33152/2/19898Purdue
Practice Squad
 Bertolet, Taylor K5-918810/24/19921Texas A&M
39Bonnafon, Reggie RB6-02151/4/19962Louisville
 Guerriero, Pete RB5-10190//RMonmouth (N.J.)
77Hector, Bruce DT6-229610/7/19942South Florida
13Hyman, Ishmael WR6-01968/23/19951James Madison
47Johnston, Clay LB6-12328/8/1996RBaylor
63Kaskey, Matt T6-73253/17/19971Dartmouth
 Monteiro, Aaron G6-73203/25/19971Boston College
48Orr, Chris LB6-02246/17/1997RWisconsin
 Panasiuk, Mike DT6-430010/13/1997RMichigan State
85Ricci, Giovanni TE6-324010/16/1996RWestern Michigan
 Roberts, Greg LB6-52583/21/19962Baylor
 Smith, Rodney RB5-112102/28/1996RMinnesota
 
 
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Position Listing
Natrell Jamerson
News
The Panthers activated Jamerson from the practice squad COVID-19 list Tuesday, Myles Simmons of the Panthers' official site reports.

Jamerson passed the necessary protocols and can return to team activities. The Wisconsin product could be bumped up to the active roster if injuries pop up.

Giovanni Ricci
News
Ricci was waived by Carolina on Saturday, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.

The undrafted free agent out of Western Michigan was vying for a reserve tight-end role, but the Panthers opted to keep just two tight ends -- Ian Thomas (toe) and Chris Manhertz. Ricci proved to have pass-catching upside in college, hauling in 51 passes for 642 yards and eight touchdowns in his senior season, so the Panthers may look to develop him on the practice squad.

Aaron Monteiro
No Updates
Will Grier
News
Grier (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game versus the Saints, Myles Simmons of the Panthers' official site reports.

Former XFL star P.J. Walker has jumped Grier on the depth chart and will back up Teddy Bridgewater during Sunday's divisional clash. Grier -- a third-round pick in 2019 -- will watch from the press box, and he'll need to battle hard in practice to reclaim the No. 2 job.

Chris Reed
News
The Panthers activated Reed of the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Reed has resided on the list since Sept. 1, so it's certainly good news to see him return to the team. With both Dennis Daley (ankle) and John Miller (groin) dealing with injuries, Reed could suit up in Sunday's game against the Chargers as a depth lineman.

Juston Burris
News
Burris (ribs) is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Bears, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.

The Raleigh, North Carolina, native had been extraordinary in coverage coming into Sunday's matchup against the Bears, holding opponents to a 55.4 passer rating (on 15 attempts) when targeting him in coverage. Sam Franklin will step in for Burris at strong safety so long as the starter is unable to return to action.

Injury
Ribs - Injured Reserve. Expected Return - Week 10
Stantley Thomas-Oliver
News
Thomas-Oliver (hamstring) is not listed on Wednesday's injury report, Alaina Getzenberg of The Charlotte Observer reports.

Thomas-Oliver missed Sunday's loss to the Raiders due to a hamstring injury, but it looks as though he's already managed a full recovery. Of course, even if he's available, the rookie seventh-round pick could end up a healthy scratch versus Tampa Bay in Week 2.

Pete Guerriero
News
The Panthers signed Guerriero to the practice squad Thursday, Alaina Getzenberg of The Charlotte Observer reports.

Guerriero spent time with the Jets during training camp, and he'll now handle an emergency role for the Panthers while Christian McCaffrey (ankle) continues his recovery. As Getzenberg notes, Guerriero led the FCS in rushing last season.

Chris Orr
News
Orr has reached a deal with the Panthers.

Orr went undrafted but has found an opportunity in Carolina. The Wisconsin product earned second-team All-Big Ten honors in 2019 during his redshirt senior season. He recorded 11.5 sacks, 14.0 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and five passes defensed. His 11.5 sacks were a school record by an inside linebacker. With Luke Kuechly retired, there is certainly a chance for Orr to make an impression at linebacker.

Ishmael Hyman
News
The Panthers waived Hyman on Saturday, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.

Hyman capped off the 2019 season by making his NFL debut with the Buccaneers and suiting up in two games, recording two receptions for 34 yards. The Panthers have a solid wide-receiver corps, though, so Hyman was facing an uphill battle. He'll seek a depth role elsewhere if the Panthers don't retain him on the practice squad.

Trenton Cannon
News
Cannon rushed three times for 12 yards and caught both his targets for 15 yards in Sunday's 23-16 loss to the Bears.

Cannon served as Mike Davis' backup at tailback and did decently with his handful of touches. In fact, with a long reception of 19 yards, Cannon actually outgained Davis through the air. As long as Christian McCaffrey and Reggie Bonnafon remain sidelined with ankle injuries, expect Cannon to serve behind Davis and hold very mild fantasy value.

Sam Tecklenburg
No Updates
Myles Hartsfield
News
Head coach Matt Rhule has been using Hartsfield at running back during training camp, Brian Costello of the New York Post reports.

The undrafted free agent out of Mississippi is proving his versatility as he looks to snag a roster spot for the 2020 season. Hartsfield isn't entirely new to the position, as he played there in high school, and he could potentially be emergency depth for the Panthers. With Christian McCaffrey set for another season with 300-plus touches, there won't be much to go around for his backups.

Jason Ferris
News
The Panthers waived Ferris (undisclosed) from injured reserve Sunday, Myles Simmons of the team's official site reports.

Ferris reverted back to the team's IR after he was waived/injured by the team Aug. 1. He was a two-time First-Team AP All-American at NAIA Montana Western the past two seasons, ranking third in the nation in tackles per game.

Injury
Undisclosed - Questionable for Week 9 at Kansas City
Clay Johnston
News
The Rams waived Johnston on Saturday, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Johnston is coming off an ACL injury sustained during his final season at Baylor, so his odds to make the regular-season roster were always slim. The Rams could be motivated to allow the Hard Knocks standout a year to develop on the practice squad.

Joseph Charlton
No Updates
Julian Stanford
News
Stanford (ankle) participated in the Bills' offseason program and called defensive signals for the second string unit, Sal Capaccio of WGR 550 reports.

Stanford had been dealing with an ankle injury since Week 16 of last season, so his participation in any capacity is obviously good news. The 28-year-old saw a limited role on defense last season, but could compete for a more significant one if he can recover in time for training camp.

Marken Michel
News
Michel reverted to the Panthers' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's official transaction log.

The 27-year-old was elevated from the practice squad for Sunday's loss to the Saints, but he didn't end up active for the contest. Michel has yet to appear in an NFL game since going undrafted out of Massachusetts in 2016.

Rodney Smith
News
The Panthers signed Smith to the practice squad Monday, Myles Simmons of the Panthers' official site reports.

The undrafted free agent out of Minnesota has passed COVID-19 protocols and will add depth at running back for the Panthers. However, Christian McCaffrey (ankle) is eligible to come off IR in Week 6 against the Bears, and if that comes to fruition, Smith likely won't be elevated to the active roster.

Joey Slye
News
Slye made one of two field-goal attempts and all three of his extra-point tries in Sunday's 27-24 loss to the Saints.

Slye's only miss came on a 65-yard attempt that would've set an NFL record while tying the game with under two minutes remaining. The big-legged kicker was just short on that try, but he converted from 43 yards on his prior field-goal attempt Sunday. Through seven games, Slye now sports 64 points, and he has a great chance to add to that hefty total in Week 8 versus the Falcons.

Donte Jackson
News
Jackson (toe) is active for Sunday's game versus the Saints, Myles Simmons of the Panthers' official site reports.

Jackson has battled this toe injury all season, and although he hasn't missed a game, he's been on a pitch count nearly every contest. He's averaged just 28.3 defensive snaps per contest over the past four games, but he handled a 50 percent snap share last week against the Bears. The LSU product will look to stay on the field in this divisional clash, but he's tough to depend on in IDP fantasy formats, even though he's posted five pass breakups and two interceptions.

Injury
Toe - Questionable for Week 9 at Kansas City
Tahir Whitehead
News
Whitehead (thigh) is active for Sunday's matchup against Arizona.

The newly acquired Whitehead collected six or more tackles in each of his first three games as a Panther, and he was not designated with an injury immediately following the team's Week 3 win over the Chargers. Whitehead popped up on the injury report Saturday, though the severity of the issue does not seem especially prohibitive given that he will not miss any game time. The 30-year-old will be tasked with helping the Panthers contain Arizona's seventh-ranked rushing attack (149.7 yards per game).

Tyler Larsen
News
Larsen was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday.

The team hasn't announced whether Larsen tested positive for COVID-19 or if the move is related to contact-tracing protocols. Regardless, the Panthers will need to rely on someone else should starting center Matt Paradis suffer an injury.

Injury
Illness - Reserve - COVID-19
Zach Kerr
News
Kerr (toe) didn't participate in Tuesday's practice.

Kerr has dealt with the toe injury for a couple of weeks now but hasn't missed a game. However, this is the first practice that he's missed because of the injury, although that may just be a result of the shortened practice week ahead of Thursday's tilt against the Falcons. His Wednesday practice status will be more revealing, but if he's forced to miss time, rookie Bravvion Roy appears next in line to start at defensive tackle.

Injury
Toe - Questionable for Week 9 at Kansas City
Brandon Zylstra
News
Zylstra hauled in six of eight targets for 96 receiving yards during Sunday's 42-10 loss to the Saints.

The 26-year-old wideout from Concordia-Moorhead (MN) took advantage of increased playing time Week 17, logging a game high in receiving yards as Carolina's No. 1 WR D.J. Moore sat out with a concussion. Zylstra fielded a season-high 24 percent of Carolina's offensive snaps Week 16 when Moore went down with injury in the first quarter of a blowout loss to Indianapolis, but in the season finale against New Orleans, he was even more involved, finishing behind only Christian McCaffrey in targets among Panthers players. With one year remaining on his current deal, Zylstra will strive to carry his newfound momentum into 2020 in pursuit of a more integral role within Carolina's offensive attack.

Michael Palardy
News
Palardy (knee) underwent successful ACL surgery last week, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.

Palardy suffered a torn ACL on his kicking leg earlier this offseason, ending his 2020 campaign before it began. The Panthers signed punter Kaare Vedvik off waivers Thursday to compete with Joseph Charlton for the starting job in Palardy's absence.

Injury
Knee - ACL - NFI-R for Week 9 at Kansas City
Troy Pride
News
Pride will start at cornerback Sunday against the Saints following news that Rasul Douglas was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Myles Simmons of the Panthers' official site reports.

The rookie fourth-round pick will make his third start of the season, and he's been a consistent contributor all year. With Douglas out, Pride is expected to handle a full workload with little competition. He's had typical rookie growing pains in coverage this season, allowing a 132.2 passer rating and two touchdowns when targeted, but Sunday's matchup should be a bit easier because Michael Thomas (ankle/hamstring) and Emmanuel Sanders (COVID-19) are both inactive.

Adarius Taylor
News
The Browns released Taylor on Monday, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

The Browns will save nearly $2.5 million against the salary cap in 2020, and Taylor will be immediately available to sign with a new team. The 29-year-old linebacker played just 54 defensive snaps in 2019, but he did contribute on special teams. He'll likely seek a similar role with another franchise.

Bruce Hector
News
The Panthers claimed Hector off waivers Sunday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Hector played sparingly for the Eagles in the last two seasons, logging 135 snaps on defense and 39 plays on special teams in 11 appearances en route to two tackles and a half sack. Upon joining Carolina, he'll act as depth at defensive tackle as training camp proceeds.

Robby Anderson
News
Anderson secured six of eight targets for 74 yards in the Panthers' 27-24 loss to the Saints on Sunday.

Anderson tied Curtis Samuel for the team lead in receptions, checked in second in receiving yards and set the pace in targets. The offseason acquisition's chemistry with fellow new arrival Teddy Bridgewater has been excellent from the start, and Anderson has now posted at least Sunday's reception and receiving yardage tallies in five of seven games. The veteran speedster will look to keep the momentum going against the vulnerable Falcons secondary in a Thursday night Week 8 matchup.

Russell Okung
News
Okung sustained a calf injury during Sunday's loss to the Saints, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.

The 32-year-old was labeled doubtful to return and unsurprisingly never retook the field. Okung will have a short week to recover for Thursday's matchup with the Falcons. Greg Little served as the replacement at left tackle for Carolina.

Injury
Calf - Questionable for Week 9 at Kansas City
Tre Boston
News
Boston finished with seven tackles (four solo) in Sunday's 27-24 loss to the Saints.

Boston has notched 15 stops over his last two outings, bringing his season tally to 39 ahead of Thursday's Week 8 meeting with the Falcons.

Bravvion Roy
News
The Panthers selected Roy in the sixth round of the 2020 NFL Draft, 184th overall.

Coach Matt Rhule and defensive coordinator Phil Snow bring along their trusty nose tackle from Baylor, where Roy (6-foot-1, 332 pounds) anchored a strong Baylor run defense. With 61 tackles and 13 tackles for loss in 2019, Roy has some disruptive abilities, too. This looks like a nice pick for the Panthers.

Jermaine Carter
News
Carter notched 31 tackles (22 solo) and a half sack across 16 contests in 2019.

Carter played a depth role in Carolina's linebacker corps for the majority of the season, but he was afforded the opportunity to close out the campaign with back-to-back starts while Shaq Thompson (shoulder) was sidelined. Much of the second-year player's production came Week 17 against the Saints, during which he recorded 11 tackles (eight solo). Carter stands to fill a reserve role in 2020, so he won't be on the fantasy radar in IDP formats.

Matt Paradis
News
Paradis (illness) is active for Sunday's game against the Colts.

After missing practice Friday, but he shook off the illness in time. Paradis will start at center for Week 16's matchup.

Efe Obada
News
Obada was re-signed by the Panthers on Tuesday after clearing waivers, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.

Obada's roster spot isn't very secure considering the team was willing to run the risk of having him go through waivers, but the defensive lineman should be on the Week 1 roster against the Raiders now that he's back on the 53-man roster.

Yetur Gross-Matos
News
Gross-Matos (ankle) was placed on injured reserve Friday.

The rookie second-round pick exited last Sunday's win over the Falcons with the ankle injury and was unable to practice this week, and he'll now miss at least the next three games while on injured reserve. It's unclear if Gross-Matos is expected to be sidelined beyond the three-game minimum. Stephen Weatherly and Marquis Haynes should see increased reps for the Panthers, especially with Brian Burns in the concussion protocol.

Injury
Ankle - Injured Reserve. Expected Return - Week 9
Sam Franklin
News
Franklin is expected to start at strong safety Sunday against the Saints because Juston Burris (ribs) is on injured reserve, Myles Simmons of the Panthers' official site reports.

The undrafted rookie out of Temple finished last week's game after Burris departed, and he posted two solo tackles. Franklin should handle a full workload as long as he holds his own, and he could have a busy day trying to slow down Saints running back Alvin Kamara.

Greg Roberts
News
Roberts (abdomen) has been activated from the active/PUP list, Tom Silverstein of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Roberts spent time on the COVID-19/reserve and PUP list during training camp but now finally appears to be fully healthy. Tough timing for the 2019 undrafted free agent, as roster cuts loom this weekend. If he didn't do enough to secure a spot on the roster, Roberts could be a candidate for the practice squad.

Mose Frazier
News
The Panthers waived Frazier (arm) on Wednesday with an injury settlement, Max Henson of the Panthers' official site reports.

Carolina initially waived Frazier after he broke his arm during OTAs, but he reverted to the team's injured reserve list after going unclaimed by the league's other 31 clubs. Since Frazier's injury isn't anything that would sideline him for the entire 2019 campaign, he likely asked for his release so he could sign elsewhere once he returns to full strength.

Injury
Stephen Weatherly
News
Weatherly (hamstring) is active for the team's Week 1 contest against the Raiders, Myles Simmons of the Panthers' official site reports.

Weatherly signed in the offseason with the Panthers, though it was unclear if he'd be ready to make his debut with the team. Officially active, Weatherly should serve as a rotational pass-rusher along the Panthers' defensive line.

Matt Kaskey
News
Kaskey has been promoted to the Panthers' active roster, Max Henson of the Panthers' official site reports.

Kaskey will make his NFL debut in Sunday's game against the Colts as a depth offensive lineman. However, it remains to be seen if the 22-year-old will actually see the field.

Kawann Short
News
Head coach Matt Rhule said that Short (shoulder) will be placed on injured reserve Thursday, Myles Simmons of the Panthers' official site reports.

This transaction became inevitable once Rhule clarified Wednesday that Short would require season-ending surgery. Short earned two Pro Bowl nods over his first six years in the NFL, but given his latest setback, he will end up playing just five games between 2019 and 2020 combined. The 31-year-old missed 14 games last season due to a torn rotator cuff, and his 2020 campaign has been limited to just three appearances because of yet another shoulder injury.

Injury
Shoulder - Injured Reserve
Mike Davis
News
Davis is again expected to lead the Carolina backfield Thursday night with Christian McCaffrey (ankle) not likely to be activated for the contest, David Newton of ESPN reports.

Davis may be coming off his most lackluster fantasy effort since officially taking over for McCaffrey in Week 3, but he'll draw an opponent Thursday night he's already had tremendous success against this season. When Davis and the Panthers squared off against Atlanta in Week 5, he carried the ball 16 times for 89 yards, adding in nine catches for 60 yards and a score. This could very well be the last time Davis has a lead role, however, with McCaffrey expected to be back Week 9 in Kansas City. Davis has proven to be a plenty capable replacement for this year's consensus No. 1 fantasy draft pick, however, and could very well still see a handful of touches per game as McCaffrey is eased back in.

Colin Thompson
News
Thompson (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's season opener against the Raiders, Myles Simmons of the Panthers' official site reports.

With Thompson sitting out, Chris Manhertz will serve as the lone backup option behind starting tight end Ian Thomas. Fullback Alex Armah is capable of shifting over to tight end if the Panthers require another option at the position in an emergency.

Corn Elder
News
Elder (illness) is officially inactive for Sunday's game against the Saints.

Elder missed Friday's practice due to the ailment and, as evidenced by this news, hasn't felt better in warmups. His absence likely won't have much impact Sunday, especially considering he's primarily used on special teams.

Jeremy Chinn
News
Chinn finished with eight tackles (four solo) in Sunday's 27-24 loss to the Saints.

Chinn also defended a pass for the third straight game. Besides Week 6, when Chinn compensated with an interception, the rookie has totaled at least seven tackles in every game this season, making him a reliable IDP commodity.

Austin Larkin
News
Larkin was added to the Panthers' active roster Saturday, Alaina Getzenberg of The Charlotte Observer reports.

Larkin, who had a short stint on the Falcons' active roster in 2019, will be making his first official appearance with the Panthers entering Week 6. Expect him to act as defensive-line depth for the time being.

Keith Kirkwood
News
The Panthers placed Kirkwood (shoulder) on injured reserve Tuesday, Myles Simmons of the team's official site reports.

Kirkwood spent the first five weeks on IR with a broken clavicle before making his season debut in this past Sunday's loss to the Bears, logging a 51 percent snap share and hauling in one of two targets for 13 yards. The 26-year-old wideout re-injured his left clavicle during the game and will be shut down until a Week 10 matchup against the Buccaneers, at the earliest.

Injury
Shoulder - Injured Reserve. Expected Return - Week 10
Pharoh Cooper
News
Cooper caught his only target for 12 yards in Sunday's 23-16 win over the Falcons.

Cooper hadn't been targeted in Carolina's first four games, mainly sticking to return duties, but in playing just under a quarter of the offensive snaps Sunday, he was able to get off the mark with a reception. Such limited involvement severely caps Cooper's fantasy value, but he at least made the stat sheet in Week 5.

Christian McCaffrey
News
McCaffrey (ankle) is unlikely to be activated from the IR in advance of Thursday's matchup against Atlanta, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

While McCaffrey is back practicing with the team this week, it was seemingly always a bit of a long shot that he'd beat his timetable and suit up Week 8 against the Falcons. He still isn't formally ruled out for the contest, but the team also has yet to activate him from IR, thus his absence from the official injury report that would have detailed his practice participation. Look for the backfield to once again be led by Mike Davis, with Trenton Cannon available if needed in a reserve capacity.

Injury
Ankle - Injured Reserve. Expected Return - Week 9
Greg Little
News
After passing a physical, Little (knee) was removed from the Panthers' active/PUP list Saturday, Myles Simmons of the team's official site reports.

A second-round pick of Carolina in 2019, Little's rookie campaign was plagued by injuries, namely two concussions and knee and ankle issues. The health concerns limited him to four appearances, including three starts. Little kicked off camp on the PUP list, but his stay there lasted four days before the Panthers' medical staff deemed him healthy enough to participate.

P.J. Walker
News
Walker will back up Teddy Bridgewater in Sunday's game against the Saints, Myles Simmons of the Panthers' official site reports.

Walker has usurped second-year pro Will Grier, who is inactive Sunday, as the No. 2 quarterback for Carolina. The former XFL star has yet to make his NFL debut, but he could be deployed if Bridgewater suffers an injury.

Woodrow Hamilton
News
Hamilton was signed to the Panthers' active roster Saturday, Alaina Getzenberg of The Charlotte Observer reports.

Hamilton has played in one game this season, recording a solo tackle in Week 2. With Zach Kerr (toe) questionable for Sunday's game against the Bears and Kawann Short (shoulder) on injured reserve, Hamilton will act in a depth role at defensive tackle.

Reggie Bonnafon
News
Bonnafon, who is on the practice squad injured list, is tending to a high ankle sprain, Jonathan M. Alexander and Alaina Getzenberg of The Charlotte Observer reports.

In the wake of Christian McCaffrey suffering a high ankle sprain Week 2, Bonnafon was elevated from the practice for both of the Panthers' past two games. In Week 4 in particular, Bonnafon produced in a reserve role behind Mike Davis, totaling 10 carries for 53 yards and two catches (on two targets) for 18 yards and one touchdown. That said, he may have lost his chance to contribute much, as he's likely well behind McCaffrey in his recovery from a similar injury. With a multi-week absence on tap, Bonnafon will yield secondary RB reps to Trenton Cannon and Curtis Samuel in the short term.

Injury
Ankle - Questionable for Week 9 at Kansas City
D.J. Moore
News
Moore secured four of five targets for 93 yards and two touchdowns in the Panthers' 27-24 loss to the Saints on Sunday.

Despite checking in third in receptions on the team for the afternoon, Moore set the pace in receiving yards, largely due a game-long 74-yard grab that went for an early second-quarter touchdown. Moore would add a seven-yard scoring catch shortly before halftime, with the pair of trips to the end zone counting as his second and third of the campaign. Moore now curiously has three consecutive 93-yard tallies, and he'll look to boost that up enough to eclipse the century mark for the second time when he sees the vulnerable Falcons secondary in a Thursday night Week 8 divisional battle.

Chris Manhertz
News
Manhertz caught his lone target for 17 yards in Sunday's 31-21 win over the Cardinals.

Manhertz started at tight end and played nearly 80 percent of Carolina's offensive snaps, topping teammate Ian Thomas' involvement. That extra time allowed Manhertz to make his longest play of the season, but otherwise the veteran stuck to blocking. In contrast, Thomas was targeted five times and scored a touchdown, but his five total receiving yards Sunday again evidenced just how limited the Panthers' tight-end production has been to date.

Shaq Green-Thompson
News
Thompson finished with 13 tackles (seven solo) in Sunday's 27-24 loss to the Saints.

Thompson comfortably led Carolina in stops, putting together a season-high tally in the process. The veteran has registered double-digit tackles in every other game thus far, including 10 against his Week 8 opponent, the Falcons, earlier this year.

Mike Panasiuk
No Updates
J.J. Jansen
News
Jansen (hand) wasn't listed on Carolina's injury report Wednesday, Brendan Marks of The Charlotte Observer reports.

It's tough to be a long snapper with a hand injury, so Jansen's quick recovery is great news for Carolina's special teams.

Teddy Bridgewater
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Bridgewater completed 23 of 28 passes for 254 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Panthers' 27-24 loss to the Saints on Sunday. He also rushed two times for 10 yards.

Bridgewater was back in the stadium that hosted several of the 2019 performances that helped score him a lucrative free-agent contract, and he bounced back from a rocky Week 6 outing against the Bears in Sunday's loss. The veteran averaged an impressive 9.1 yards per attempt while connecting with D.J. Moore for both of his touchdown tosses and hitting six different pass catchers overall. Bridgewater was nearly able to lead Carolina on what would have been a game-winning drive, but the march stalled at the Saints' 47-yard line with a sack and Joey Slye subsequently fell just short of drilling a 65-yard field-goal attempt. Despite the disappointing team outcome Sunday, Bridgewater once again delivered for fantasy managers and will look to help the Panthers get back in the win column against the Falcons in a Week 8 Thursday night battle.

Brian Burns
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Burns registered seven tackles (one solo) and a strip sack in Sunday's 27-24 loss to the Saints.

Burns got to Drew Brees during the second quarter, forcing a fumble in Carolina territory. The second-year pro also defended a pass while putting together a season high in tackles Sunday, marking a strong all-around performance. Through seven games, Burns now boasts 27 tackles, three sacks and three forced fumbles, giving him great momentum ahead of Thursday's matchup against the Falcons.

Taylor Bertolet
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The Panthers signed Bertolet to the practice squad Saturday, Myles Simmons of the team's official site reports.

This may have been in the works for a few days because Joey Slye was on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Slye has been lifted and will kick for the Panthers on Sunday against the Saints, however, so Bertolet will simply add depth at kicker.

Michael Schofield
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Schofield was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday.

Schofield has either contracted the virus or came into close contact with an infected person. Either way, he'll need to pass the NFL's COVID-19 protocols before returning to team activities. His absence will hurt the team's offensive line depth, but he hasn't started a game since Week 2.

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Taylor Moton
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Moton (knee) is officially active for Sunday's tilt against the Redskins.

Moton was expected to suit up despite battling the knee issue, so his inclusion in the lineup isn't a surprise. The 2017 second-round pick should assume his usual starting role as the team's right tackle.

Marquis Haynes
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Haynes' (knee) playing weight is up to 240 pounds, Alaina Getzenberg of The Charlotte Observer reports.

The 26-year-old previously played at 235 pounds, but he's added a little weight this offseason for the Panthers' new defensive coaching staff. Haynes filled a rotational role in 11 games last season and had 12 total tackles, one sack and a fumble recovery.

John Miller
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Miller (ankle) is officially inactive for Sunday's game against the Saints, Myles Simmons of the team's official site reports.

Miller will miss his first game of the 2020 season after he missed Thursday and Friday's practice with the ankle issue. With Miller sidelined, expect Dennis Daley to take over as the team's starting right guard for Week 7.

Omar Bayless
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The Panthers placed Bayless (knee) on injured reserve Wednesday, Myles Simmons of the team's official site reports.

Bayless underwent knee surgery Tuesday, a procedure that carried an expected recovery timetable of roughly two weeks. Though the undrafted rookie appeared to have a shot at getting healthy for Week 1, the Panthers have opted to shut him down. The Arkansas State product will turn his attention to 2021.

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Kenny Robinson
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Robinson cleared waivers Sunday and signed with the Panthers' practice squad, Alaina Getzenberg of the Charlotte Observer reports.

Robinson played safety at West Virginia before leaving school early to join the XFL, but the headstart as a professional wasn't enough to secure a roster spot. He's an intriguing, speedy player with ball-hawk abilities, but the 21-year-old is still raw and will need to develop on the practice squad to begin the season.

Derrick Brown
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Brown finished with three tackles (two solo), including 1.5 for a loss, in Sunday's 23-16 loss to the Bears.

Brown also registered a quarterback hit, putting forth a strong showing the middle of Carolina's defense. Through six games, the rookie first-rounder has made 13 tackles, including 5.5 behind the line of scrimmage, but he's still awaiting his first career sack.

Mike Horton
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Dennis Daley
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Daley (ankle) was a full participant during Wednesday's practice.

Daley has yet to suit up in any game action this season after suffering a badly sprained ankle in training camp. This is certainly positive news regarding his chances to play in Week 5, and if he indeed plays, he'll likely take on a starting role as the team's left guard.

Ian Thomas
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Thomas caught his only target for 11 yards in Sunday's 27-24 loss to the Saints.

Thomas' output from Sunday was right in line with his prior outings this season, as he's not yet topped two catches or 20 yards through any of Carolina's seven games. As a result, fantasy expectations of Thomas should remain low despite a favorable matchup against the Falcons in Week 8.

Curtis Samuel
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Samuel secured all six of his targets for 48 yards and rushed once for a five-yard touchdown in the Panthers' 27-24 loss to the Saints on Sunday.

The former part-time college running back displayed some of his skills on the ground with his late-third quarter scoring run up the middle, his first time finding the end zone on his 15 rush attempts this season. Samuel's reception tally was also a season-best figure, and he's now posted a solid 11-84 line with a perfect catch rate over his last pair of contests. The versatile third-year pro will look to continue producing in a Week 8 Thursday night matchup versus the Falcons.

Sean Chandler
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The Panthers signed Chandler off the Giants' practice squad Tuesday, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.

Juston Burris (ribs) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, so the Panthers are bringing in Chandler to add depth in the secondary. Chandler played just three defensive snaps over three games with the Giants this season, and he'll likely handle reserve duties while Jeremy Chinn, Tre Boston and Sam Franklin operate as the top three safeties.

Rasul Douglas
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Douglas was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.

The 25-year-old will be unavailable for Sunday's game at New Orleans as a result of the move. It's unclear if Douglas contracted COVID-19 himself or if he's been in contact with someone who has the virus. Eli Apple figures to have an increased role in his absence.

Trent Scott
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The Panthers activated Scott (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday.

Scott had to spend only a handful of days on the COVID-19 list as this transaction means he'll be eligible to suit up for Sunday's contest in New Orleans. The third-year pro stands to contribute in his usual role as a depth offensive tackle.

Alex Armah
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Armah caught his only target for 14 yards in Sunday's 31-17 loss to the Buccaneers.

Armah already has three touches through Carolina's first two games, as coordinator Joe Brady looks to diversify his options out of the backfield with occasional fullback usage. Although Armah's production hasn't been anything special, he at least gets rewarded for his blocking with a touch here and there. Furthermore, if tailback Christian McCaffrey, who exited late with an ankle concern Sunday, is limited going forward, Armah could stand to get a couple more looks in Week 3 versus the Chargers.