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1-1, 2nd in NFC South

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers wide receiver Torrey Smith was fined $10,026 for unnecessary roughness when he went after Atlanta safety Damontae Kazee after Kazee's illegal hit in quarterback Cam Newton, per league source. Kazee, who was ejected, was fined the same amount.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers safety Da'Norris Searcy was placed Friday on injured reserve. Searcy, who has a history of concussions, suffered another in Sunday's game against Atlanta. It was his second in a month. Coach Ron Rivera said on Friday before the team announced Searcy was going on injured reserve that the organization would do whatever was in the best interest of the player. The Panthers are preparing to face Cincinnati with three safeties, Mike Adams, Rashaan Gaulden and Colin Jones. No corresponding move has been made at this time.

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Peppers donates $100K to relief, breaks silence

Carolina Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers broke his silence with the media on Friday to announce he's donating $100,000 to support Hurricane Florence relief and recovery efforts in his home state of North Carolina.

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers doesn't have a sack in the first two games as he chases Kevin Greene for third place on the league's all-time sack list. He has 154.5 to Greene's 160. But Peppers isn't worried about that right now.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers, a native of North Carolina, is starting a Hurricane Florence relief fund and encouraging his teammates, players around the league and people in the community to join in. He is donating $100,000 to kickstart things. His family avoided any big damage from the storm but Peppers wants to visit the areas that were hit hard at some point. He kept close tabs on the storm last week as Carolina prepared for the Falcons.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera reiterated the goal is to increase the reps of defensive end Julius Peppers, 38, this week. Peppers played only 30 percent of the snaps against Atlanta and 38 percent in the opener against Dallas. The goal is to add five to 10 more snaps. “We talked to Pep. We want to make sure we're at that point we can move forward. The guy is unbelievable. He's worked hard. He's the kind of guy you wished he was younger.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Panthers have ruled right guard Trai Turner (concussion), strong safety Da'Norris Searcy (concussion), tight end Greg Olsen (foot) and wide receiver Curtis Samuel (medical issue) out for Sunday's game against Cincinnati. Rookie cornerback Donte Jackson (groin) and wide receiver Damiere Byrd (knee) are listed as questionable.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers tight end Greg Olsen (fractured foot) arrives at practice with trainers. No walking boot and no noticeable limp. ‬it wouldn't surprise if he is targeting a return for the Giants game after the bye week. Good sign for rookie cornerback Donte Jackson (groin), who is off the bike and practicing today.Coach Ron Rivera said Jackson moved around "very good,'' so if there's no setback he could start on Sunday against the Bengals. Not a good sign for right guard Trai Turner (concussion). Looks like he will miss second straight game.

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

New Panthers owner David Tepper through his Charitable Foundation, Inc. and Carolina Panthers Charities announced an initial package to aid Hurricane Florence disaster relief efforts in North and South Carolina: - $1 million to the American Red Cross, primarily directed to help fund its financial assistance program in the Carolinas that provides people in shelters with stipends and gift cards: - $450,000 to regional food banks by providing 25,000 emergency food packs; and aid to high school athletic programs impacted by storm damage.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers offensive coordinator Norv Turner would like to see first-round pick DJ Moore get more touches after the former Maryland star had a 51-yard touchdown catch against Atlanta: “We've been working on that since the day he got here. It's something that is going to happen. I hope it happens sooner rather than later. Obviously, he's an explosive player so we have to find a way to get him the ball.''

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Did you know Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly played lacrosse growing up in Cincinnati? That he once played with Marcus Lewis, the son of Bengals coach Marvin Lewis?

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers cornerback Donte Jackson (groin) and right guard Trai Turner (concussion) still working on the side with trainers. Safety Da'Norris Searcy (concussion) also not practicing. At this point it seems unlikely any will play Sunday against Cincinnati. With a bye coming up that would give each an extra week to recover. Tight end Greg Olsen (foot) arrived at the stadium while the team was on the field as he continues to rehab. Here is full injury report:

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers defensive tackle Kawann Short took a second to come up with his favorite Luke Kuechly play, which actually was two plays — back-to-back picks in a 2015 Thanksgiving Day game at Dallas. If left Short wondering if the middle linebacker runs on regular unleaded gas or premium.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Cam Newton admitted Wednesday there are times when he misses on his postgame outfits, saying, 'Gollee! What was I feeling? But that won't stop the Panthers quarterback from trying new things. "You swing sometimes and you hit a grand slam. You swing sometimes and you miss. But as long as you keep swinging . . . it's all that matters. I pride myself in being able to not only just wear certain things that may catch the blogs, but I'm willing to wear it. I really could care less what a person may think, say or whatever.'' Wonder if he thought this outfit after the opener was a hit or miss?

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said wide receiver Curtis Samuel (medical condition) has gotten clearance to do some drills on the side but he doesn't know what that means in terms of when Samuels will return.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers injury report has cornerback Donte Jackson listed out today due to groin injury and not hamstring as was mentioned after Sunday's game.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons safety Damontae Kazee apologized to his teammates for the hit on Cam Newton that got him ejected. The Panthers quarterback apparently hasn't heard from Kazee.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Cam Newton, known for his style, called Ryan Fitzpatrick's outfit after Tampa Bay's win on Sunday ‘'groovy.'' The Panthers quarterback also mentioned one of his favorite words, ‘'sauce.'' He like Fitzpatrick's beard game as well.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly, who is from Cincinnati, was the best linebacker he ever saw coming out of college. ‘'We're trying to clone guys like Luke here,'' Lewis said.

Team Stats

Passing Yards232.019th
Rushing Yards134.05th
Points For20.0Tied-22nd
Points Against19.5Tied-8th

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2018 Draft Picks

RD(PK)PLAYERPOSSCHOOL
1(24)D.J. MooreWRMaryland
2(23)Donte JacksonCBLSU
3(21)Rashaan GauldenCBTennessee
4(1)Ian ThomasTEIndiana
4(36)Marquis HaynesOLBOle Miss
5(24)Jermaine CarterCBMaryland
7(16)Andre SmithILBNorth Carolina
7(24)Kendrick NortonDTMiami (FL)