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2-1, 1st in NFC South
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13hDavid Newton

Panthers' Olsen 'way ahead of curve' in recovery

Panthers tight end Greg Olsen says his recovery from refracturing the foot that kept him out nine games last season should be quicker this time. "We're optimistic," he said. "Hopefully, it's sooner rather than later.''


David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

While Greg Olsen didn't participate in the yoga during his HEARTest Yard charity event on Monday night at the Panthers practice fields, he walked around without a limp or walking boot on his right foot he re-fractured in the opener. Not having to have surgery, the three-time Pro Bowl sélection said, has him way ahead of last year's schedule when he was in bed wearing a cast at this point in the process.


David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers tight end Greg Olsen didn't give a specific timetable for his return from fracturing his right foot for the second time in as many seasons, but he is optimistic the recovery will be shorter than the nine games he missed last year. Meanwhile, he is hosting close to 500 people at his HEARTest Yard Yoga charity fundraiser on the Panthers practice fields. He has raised about $2.5 million since beginning this cause.


David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly when he learned the team set a record by packing 1,500 food boxes in less than 90 minutes at the Second Harvest Food Bank as a part of the organization's effort to help with relief for those impacted by Hurricane Florence. Guessing from his reaction, he was on the side that was packing the fastest.


David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Cam Newton and Panthers are packing food boxes at the Second Harvest Food Bank in Charlotte,N.C., to send to those impacted in North and South Carolina by Hurricane Florence. They packed 1,500 boxes in less than 90 minutes. Food Bank rep said it was a record.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera has been named the grand marshal for Sunday's Monster Energy playoff race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. "The big thing is they're giving me a platform to talk about the Hurricane [Florence] relief that everybody is involved with,'' Rivera said. "So it's really kind of cool.'' Meanwhile, new team owner David Tepper and every member of the Panthers' roster are spending time Monday at the Harvest Food Bank in Charlotte packing food relief boxes to ship to Wilmington, N.C., Fayetteville, N.C. and Myrtle Beach, S.C.


David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera describes Cam Newton's performance during a 2-1 start as ‘'very consistent.'' He added: ‘'His play has truly matured.''

Bob Pockrass NASCAR 

Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera will give the command to start engines prior to the NASCAR Cup Series playoff elimination race Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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2dDavid Newton

Panthers' Obada gets game ball after INT, sack

Nigerian-born Efe Obada never had an NFL game jersey before Sunday. Now, the Panthers' 26-year-old defensive end has an interception, sack and game ball.


David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers defensive end Efe Obada avoided eye contact with reporters initially after collecting a sack and interception in his first game on the active roster because he's not used to all the attention. The Nigerian-born player said after making the 53-man roster he would elaborate on his journey that included being homeless and trafficked in the United Kingdom after he was established. He embarrassingly said he still wasn't established and he would share his story more after ‘'the season when we win the Super Bowl.''

Obada hopes his experience makes journey easier for others (0:28)
Newton racks up 4 TDs in Panthers' win (1:24)

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey is wearing a Bruce Lee t-shirt after rushing for 184 yards, the fourth most in a game in franchise history. His previous career high in rushing was 66 yards last season against the Falcons. When told McCaffrey's total quarterback Cam Newton said, ‘'That's it?''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

After getting so much grief in Super Bowl 50 for not going after a fumble Cam Newton said ‘'come hell or high water'' he was going to recover his fumble in the second half at a crucial point in the game. He hasn't forgotten the grief.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Cam Newton trying to give Tampa Bay quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick a run for his money with postgame outfit after his four touchdown performance.


Newton's 4 TDs lift Panthers over Bengals 31-21

Cam Newton threw for two touchdowns and ran for two others, Christian McCaffrey racked up a career-high 184 yards rushing and the Carolina Panthers handed the Cincinnati Bengals their first loss of the season 31-21 on Sunday.

Superman is back as Cam has two rushing TDs (0:48)

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Everything new Panthers' offensive coordinator Norv Turner wanted his unit to be came together in Sunday's 31-21 victory over Cincinnati. Running back Christian McCaffrey had his first 100-yard rushing effort, gaining a career-high 184 yards on 28 carries a week after catching 14 passes for more than 100 yards. Quarterback Cam Newton was, well, Cam with two rushing touchdowns and two passing touchdowns. And on a defensive side note, Nigerian-born Efe Oba, who was a part of the NFL's developmental program a year ago, had an interception and a sack in the first game the defensive end has been active.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers' defense is down its best two linebackers for the moment as Luke Kuechly is in the locker room and Thomas Davis suspended. Official report is that Kuechly experienced cramps and his return is probable. Good news for a player with a history of concussions.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Cam Newton is having a huge day. He already has two rushing and two passing touchdowns. He's completed 11 of 16 pass attempts (68.7 %), so everything Norv Turner has been preaching is coming together today. And Newton isn't having to carry the rushing game as Christian McCaffrey has 17 carries for 135 yards. That adds up to a 28-14 lead.

Team Stats

Passing Yards203.725th
Rushing Yards166.01st
Points For23.713th
Points Against20.012th

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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
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