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2017 Schedule
2-0, 1st in NFC South
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42mDavid Newton

Panthers rule out Kalil; QB Newton will start

Tyler Larsen will get his second consecutive start at center for the Panthers after Ryan Kalil was again ruled out because of an issue with his neck.

ESPN Stats & Info

Panthers heavily favored at home

Can the Saints avoid an 0-3 start? ESPN's FPI isn't so sure, giving their NFC South rivals greater than a 70 percent chance to win Sunday in Charlotte.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen, who underwent foot surgery on Monday, came to practice today and addressed the team. Coach Ron Rivera said it was "comical.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said it is his understanding that Pro Bowl center Ryan Kalil (neck), who will miss his second straight start on Sunday, will be back.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was limited in practice for the third straight day and is listed as questionable for the Saints, But coach Ron Rivera said Newton will start.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers center Ryan Kalil (neck) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against New Orleans. Tyler Larsen will start.

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7hMatt Bowen

How three fascinating underdogs can pull off Week 3 upsets

The Saints are six-point underdogs at Carolina, but they can win if they follow these three keys, which include how to shut down Kelvin Benjamin. The Redskins and Cardinals, both home underdogs, face similar challenges.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Quarterback Cam Newton threw lightly on the side today and did all the other non-throwing drills in practice. But as Panthers coach Ron Rivera reminded, this is the new norm for the 2015 NFL MVP to get ready for games each week. “You want to get him out there,'' Rivera said. “But what you don't want to do is not for the arm to have a chance to rest. Again, he went through a surgery. . . . It's one of those things, rest is probably the best thing.''

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Davis knows Brees presents a challenge (0:25)
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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis couldn't think of one play Drew Brees has made that stands out, probably because the Saints quarterback makes so many each week.

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Larsen jokes about new nickname (0:17)
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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyle Larsen looks like he will replace Pro Bowl center Ryan Kalil again this week with Kalil missing the past two practices with a neck injury that kept him from playing this past Sunday. And yes, Larsen has his own nickname from quarterback Cam Newton. He's "Bucky Larson" from the movie "Born to Be a Star." Let Larsen explain.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera would love to have Cam Newton practice full every day but understands rest during the week is the best thing for Newton's shoulder right now.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said there is concern that center Ryan Kalil (neck) won't be ready for Sunday's game.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Cam Newton once again officially limited o. practice. Center Ryan Kalil did not practice. Here is the full Panthers injury report.

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Peppers inspiring Panthers teammates (0:44)
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Does Carolina have an edge on the Saints? (0:45)

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin returned to practice on Thursday after working with the trainers on Wednesday. He took a hard shot to the ribs and thigh/knee area in Sunday's win against Buffalo. He appears fine today.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has been doing footwork drills, shadowing backup Derek Anderson as shown here, but not throwing in practice. Newton was listed as limited on Wednesday. Last week he was limited only on Thursday.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers Pro Bowl center Ryan Kalil is not at practice for the second straight day after missing Sunday's game with what coach Ron Rivera called a crick in his neck. Appears Tyler Larsen is in line to start against the Saints on Sunday. Cornerback Daryl Worley (knee) is back at practice after missing Wednesday's session.

Team Stats

Passing Yards174.525th
Rushing Yards96.518th
Points For16.0Tied-23rd
Points Against3.01st

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