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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers safety Eric Reid posted a picture on social media showing he had been selected for a random drug test once again. According to Reid, this was the seventh time he has been tested since joining the Panthers late in September. He has indicated he thinks the league is targeting him because he has a collusion grievance against the NFL. The NFL has noted that all drug tests are random and are performed by an outside laboratory that they have no control over. To that, Reid posted: "Number 7 . . . Random.'' Reid said a date for his grievance has been set for a date after the season that he would not reveal.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton says he has done everything from acupuncture to ice to therapy to deal with the soreness in his right shoulder. Says hardly a night goes by when he doesn't experience some soreness. Says sitting is not part of his plans.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly on Cam Newton battling through a shoulder injury: ‘'With Cam since the day i got here he's been tough as nails.'' Center Ryan said Newton has been beat up emotionally and physically by this season.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers tight end Thomas Davis wants to return next season but since management hasn't committed to him he can't help but wonder if next week's game against Atlanta will be his final one at Bank of America Stadium.

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera on Cam Newton's shoulder says the staff will continue to consult with medical staff and evaluate. No mention of sitting him at the moment.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Ron Rivera will need a new t-shirt. The Panthers coach wore a shirt earlier this week promoting his team's 5 percent chance to make the playoffs. It is less than 1 percent after a 12-9 loss to New Orleans in which the defense played its best game of the year. The biggest question now is will Rivera rest Cam Newton and a sore right shoulder that didn't give the Panthers a chance on this night? The losing streak is now six.

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The number one scoring defense in the NFL since Week 10: the Saints at 12.3 points/game. Dominance.

Mike Clay ESPN Writer 

Most end zone targets without catching at least one of them this season: 8 - Ryan Griffin. 7 - Rob Gronkowski. 5 - Taylor Gabriel, Jermaine Kearse, Michael Gallup. 4 - Quincy Enunwa, Ricky Seals-Jones, Robert Foster

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Asked Panthers coach Ron Rivera about Cam Newton failing to make clutch plays with the game on the line during this 5-game losing streak. Rivera admitted Newton has gotten a little excited with a few high throws. He has 1:44 remaining and a 12-9 deficit to redeem himself and keep the Panthers' playoff hopes alive.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Rookie cornerback Donte Jackson took some of the string out of New Orleans' first touchdown, intercepting Drew Brees on the 2-point conversion to give the Panthers two points. That could be huge as the lead is only 12-9. Cam Newton and the offense still have to get on track.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Three quarters in the book and a Saints team averaging 34.4 points a game has been limited to six on two field goals. This is the kind of defense the Panthers had hoped to play all season. Linebackers most active of season, meaning the front four is doing its job. Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis have nine tackles each.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers have second turnover inside the 20, this time a fumble by rookie DJ Moore after a spectacular run. It's hard in this league to lose the turnover battle and win, much less beat a good team like the Saints. Panthers wasted a second opportunity.