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3-3, 3rd in NFC South

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers OC coordinator Joe Brady hasn't been paying much attention to the chatter surrounding the connection of him and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to the Saints. In terms of how Bridgewater compares to Drew Brees of the Saints, Brady started with their mentality and how both are the same guy no matter what the score or situation, how they can play in the gray instead of a black and white world.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers DC Phil Snow may have to mix things up some with starting SS Juston Burris (ribs) on IR. One may include rookie Jeremy Chinn playing some SS in addition to OLB. One Snow's packages in particular has Chinn at SS. Snow says as usual you'll see Chinn playing multiple positions against the Saints just as he has all season.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Panthers today were able to hold a typical Wednesday full- padded practice despite being in the intense protocol, something they didn't do last week. This is important for a team built on physicality. “We practiced physical,'' coach Matt Rhule said. “For us, we just had to get back to our roots a little bit.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Matt Rhule doesn't anticipate running back Christian McCaffrey (ankle) coming off IR this week and being available for Sunday's game. No news here, really. The target always has been the Falcons game next week or maybe the week after. It was a severe high ankle sprain.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Good news for the Panthers. CB Eli Apple (hamstring) was listed as a full participant in practice. His experience with New Orleans and size could make him a good fit against the Saints.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

New Orleans coach Sean Payton spent a lot of time answering questions today on the similarities between the Carolina offense and his with former Saints assistant Joe Brady now the Panthers OC. The simple answer is, yes, there are a lot of similarities. At one point Payton compared the two to the difference between an iPhone and Android. Each has their own twist.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints blocked offensive line assistant Brendan Nugent from interviewing with the NFC South rival Panthers this past offseason. Listening to Sean Payton talk about Carolina OC Joe Brady you get the feeling he might have blocked that too had Brady not moved on the year before to LSU. “There was a fax we sent in that said no,'' Payton said of Nugent. “I mean, look, it's tough. He's a bright coach. There are certain things you're going to be smart about relative to the division.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers running back Mike Davis (ankle) and wide receiver Curtis Samuel (knee) were in green non-contact jerseys. Running back Christian McCaffrey (ankle) remains on IR and still not at practice. Looks like a week or two away.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Panthers now have had four offensive linemen on the COVID-19 list since training camp. Guard Chris Reed began the season on the list, but was activated for the third game. backup guard-center Tyler Larsen went on the list Friday, backup Michael Schofield on Monday and now backup tackle Trent Reed.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Panthers added kicker Joey Slye and backup tackle Trent Scott to the COVID-19 list on Wednesday. This came two days after guard Michael Schofield was placed on the list and the team asked players, coaches and staff members to work remotely on Monday and Tuesday. All are returning to the stadium today. Carolina had kicker Casey Bednarski in for a visit on Monday so he could be Slye's replacement. He has begun testing.

Adam Schefter ESPN Senior Writer 

Carolina hasn't had any more positive tests to date and it reopening its training facility this morning, per source. Game Sunday vs. Saints is on track to be played.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

With three roster spots open the Panthers filled two of them by signing S Kenny Robinson and OL Sam Tecklenburg off their practice squad. They signed S Sean Chandler off the Giants practice squad to fill the other spot. Carolina added four players to its practice squad in CB Josh Hawkins, DT Mike Panasiuk, DE Greg Roberts and RB Michael Warren. WR Keith Kirkwood (clavicle) and S Juston Burris (ribs) were placed on IR so they will miss at least three weeks.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Panthers placed safety Juston Burris on IR with a rib injury suffered in Sunday's loss to Chicago, per a league source. It is the team's hope Burris will return at some point. He had become a leader in the secondary and a key loss heading into Sunday's game against New Orleans. This was first reported by Joe Person of The Athletic.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Panthers placed OG Michael Schofield on the NFL's COVID-19 list, according to Monday's transaction list. Schofield missed practice last Thursday the day backup OG-C Tyler Larsen missed practice. On Friday, Larsen was added to the COVID-19 list. Today the Panthers asked everyone to meet virtually because of what was called an unconfirmed test.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

What Panthers QB Teddy Bridgewater thinks when he hears a teammate is placed on the NFL's COVID-19 list: ?Human nature, Human nature and the flesh is weak, so it tends to cross your mind. But at the end of the day, the team is doing everything it can and taking the right measures to make sure that we're all safe, with the way they're handling everything.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers QB Teddy Bridgewater didn't keep a place in New Orleans after spending two seasons there, but he did leave his bike there. He never really envisioned being in New Orleans long-term and being Drew Brees' ultimate replacement. The vision was more about getting an opportunity to prove himself so he could get an opportunity somewhere.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers QB Teddy Bridgewater says one thing he loves about this team is it's not about finger pointing, but taking responsibility for mistakes and being accountable. That's why he sees this team continuing to get better. “It takes a lot of pride swallowing and manning up. That's the beauty of this team.''

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Panthers work remotely as G goes on COVID list

The Panthers are working virtually from home on Monday and Tuesday after receiving an unconfirmed positive test. Despite the virtual work, the team's training room remains open to rehabbing players.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Panthers didn't get a padded practice last week due to intense COVID-19 protocol, and being physical in practice is a big part of Matt Rhule's preparation. The team remains in intensive protocol this week due to an unconfirmed COVID-19 test that forced the team to shut down the facility. How did not having a padded practice impact Sunday's performance? Rhule makes no excuses.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Rhule said running back Christian McCaffrey was in the building today testing. He's not sure when McCaffrey will come off IR, whether it's this week, the next or the next. He hopes he comes back from the high ankle sprain as soon as possible, but again he won't rush him back. Seems like McCaffrey target date is next week against Atlanta at the earliest.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Matt Rhule said he got a phone call at 4:48 am. Monday informing him of the unconfirmed COVID-19 test. He is working from home as the rest of his staff is. "I hope we can make it a good thing,'' Rhul said.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Panthers had an unconfirmed COVID0-19 test result on Monday. Players coaches and staff that work inside were instructed to work virtually today and Tuesday. The team remains in the intense protocol they were in last week.

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Marty Smith's America: Steve Smith Sr., Brooks & Dunn & College Football

What up y’all? This week I’m joined by former NFL WR Steve Smith Sr. and this is unlike any interview you’ve ever heard from Steve. He talks about growing up in L.A during the riots, how serious he took his career, being elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame & more. Plus, Travis and I talk a little Brooks and Dunn and college football.

Team Stats

Passing Yards266.79th
Rushing Yards116.816th
Points For23.023rd
Points Against23.520th

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